By Kendyl Druffel
“On the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, ‘I need a caretaker.’ So, God made a farmer.”
This is the first line from a speech by Paul Harvey that has always held a special place in my family’s heart. For as long as I can remember I was taught that John Deere green is the best color, a little dirt never hurt, and to work hard in every activity that I am a part of. I feel that many of these things came from the fact that my grandpa was a fourth-generation farmer, and my uncle and dad are fifth generation farmers.
Agriculture has been a major aspect in my life since day one and I will continue to do my best to support an industry that I believe in so much. Starting in third grade, I became a part of a local 4-H group and freshman year of high school, I joined my local FFA chapter. Currently I am an alumni of the National FFA organization and am thankful for my four years of active participation in the program.
I learned an incredible amount about the ag industry over my four years and had the opportunity to compete in many Career Development Events such as Agricultural Issues Forum Team and Prepared Public Speaking and serve as my chapter’s President. Now you may be wondering why I am talking about agriculture and it’s because March 20th is National Ag Day!!! So, I thought I would share a few fun facts about agriculture to raise awareness about an industry that I am so fond of.
Growing up in a small agricultural community to many from the outside seems like a burden, but for me and many others it is a way of life and is home. We continuously strive to inform others about the industry and what they can do to get involved. Not only is it important that others understand the importance of agriculture, but that they too can have an influence no matter where they live.
National Ag Day is meant to bring awareness to the industry and teach others about something that affects their everyday lives whether they know it or not. The FFA motto is “Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, living to serve.” This motto shows what many students across the United States follow to show others the importance of agriculture.
Lots of Love,