AgProud: Meat Producers part of Global Food


What is Agriculture? Who does it affect? David Hayden does a great job of explaining these things and more on his blog. Fellow Oklahoma State Cowboy, David joins me today and shares why he is proud to be a part of the community bringing us safe, quality meat products. It’s another part of my month-long series highlighting the diversity in Agriculture. Why are YOU Agriculture Proud?

What is Agriculture? Agriculture is defined as the science, art or occupation concerned with cultivating land, raising crops and feeding, breeding and raising livestock; farming. By definition agriculture encompasses everything that drives our economy, from the food we eat, the clothes that we wear to the shelter over our heads. Without this great industry we would have nothing to sustain us as a society. From the poorest countries in the world to the richest EVERYONE relies on agriculture.

These are just a few reasons why I’m proud to be involved in agriculture. The Ag industry isn’t just a standard 9-5 job; it’s a way of life. It’s big…… Real Big! It’s an industry that provides us with the safest, most abundant food supply in the world!

Did you know that the average American spends about 5.7% of their income on food? When we compare that to Denmark at 10.7% or Indonesia at 40.9% our measly 5.7% is really not so bad! But it doesn’t just stop there, shelter, fuel, and textiles are all driven by the Ag industry. Often times we forget to look at the world’s whole picture rather than our own. Having the chance to participate in an industry that drives people of all nations and races isn’t just an opportunity, it’s a privilege.

Throughout the years I’ve had a hand in commercial livestock production and now work in the meat industry. These experiences have only fueled my passion for the industry. I find myself striving to promote our industry through my AgBlog and face-to-face consumer contact. With a passion and love for the industry as big as mine, it’s had to hold it all in.

There are just a few reasons why I’m Agriculture Proud!

To learn more about where your food comes from and Ag industry issues check out my blog and Facebook page, or find me on Twitter.

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4 Comments

  1. I have a passion for agriculture, too. Here, in the east, where so much of the population that depends on ag for their very lives, resides, it is amazing how little they actually know about agriculture and the farmers that feed and clothe them. As an ag journalist, I am preaching to the choir. I try to tell ag’s story to non-ag people and talk to them about it whenever I get the chance, but they don’t read ag newspapers and magazines or go to ag conventions, meetings and seminars and talk to the producers, etc., like I do. They get their news from mass media that tends toward sensationalism, like the current ‘pink slime’ issue, to sell their papers and advertisers. We need to get much, much louder in proclaiming what ag does for us. We need to shout it from the housetops – and the newsrooms! I don’t know what the answer is, but we are losing good people and good land every day. And it’s kind of scary.

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