I'm at the 4-H Center in Columbiana this weekend attending the annual ALFA Youth Leadership Conference. The state's Young Farmers Committee is responsible for facilitating two of the workshops: Ag Jeopardy (pictured) and Addressing Misconceptions About Agriculture.
Many of the delegates do not come from an agricultural background, and most will go into careers outside of agriculture. We hope that our conference will help them develop into stronger leaders in whatever fields they choose to enter, but we also recognize we have an opportunity to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of agriculture.
The continued success of American agriculture doesn't just depend on production and profitability, it depends on the public allowing us to continue farming in a way that's productive and profitable.
Building relationships and sharing information about our industry with future leaders is one more step we can take today to make sure we'll still be farming tomorrow.
I think it's GREAT that you are teaching our young people the importance of dairy farming. I truly hope that many continue with it. It's hard work but very rewarding.
I feel like I'm part of the dairy "family" because one aunt & uncle (paternal) had cows & a small farm & another aunt & uncle (maternal) had a big dairy farm. On the smaller farm my cousin & I had chores to do either before school, after school & on weekends. The larger dairy farm I visited only once a month. I was taught to enjoy my chores no matter how hard or how long it took & it really turned out to be lots of fun besides the work. That's when my LOVE FOR COWS began. I think cows are precious!
Thank you so much for an interesting & informative article. I wish your family well & I will keep you all in my prayers. Give the cows a hug for me!
Paula L, Hopewell, VA
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