The following essay was selected as the 3rd grade winning essay in a contest sponsored by Uptown Farms. Third and fourth grade students that attend Brookfield, MO schools are allowed to write an essay answering the question, “Why is agriculture important to Brookfield and Linn County?”. A student from each grade is selected as the winner and awarded breakfast at the farm and a ride to school in a tractor.
Why is Agriculture Important to Brookfield? By: Holly
I am a fifth generation daughter of hard working farmers. My family has lived and farmed in Linn County since the late, late 1800’s. During the Great Depression, my great-grandmother along with her family proved what it meant to keep the family farm.
Without agriculture in Brookfield we wouldn’t have the businesses like MFA, Ag-Land, Orscheln’s, and Brookfield Tractor. Farmers work hard every day to care for the land and animals. The semi drivers, grocery stores, factory workers, railroads and restaurants depend on farmers to help them have work. Without agriculture in Brookfield we wouldn’t have the history and strong families of our town.
I am proud to be a farmer’s daughter and I watch my dad and grandfather hard work and dedication to make their farms successful. My favorite job on the farm is to open gates when we feed cows. I have also bottle fed calves and warmed them up in my grandma’s kitchen with hair dryers and heating pads. I watch my dad do his farm work in all types of weather and when he is sick. As you can see, I am one of the luckiest girls to grow up on a farm in Brookfield, Missouri and get to see what it takes for a farm to be successful.
The following essay was selected as the 4th grade winning essay in a contest sponsored by Uptown Farms. Third and fourth grade students that attend Brookfield, MO schools are allowed to write an essay answering the question, “Why is agriculture important to Brookfield and Linn County?”. A student from each grade is selected as the winner and awarded breakfast at the farm and a ride to school in a tractor.
Why is agriculture important to Brookfield?
Farming is important to the whole country because without farming we would not have many of the things that we have today. Farming is really important in the Brookfield area too.
One reason agriculture is important to Brookfield is because there are grain mills such as Ag-land and MFA. So if there was no Agriculture, all the grain mills would go out of business.
Another reason that agriculture is important is because there would not be many stuff
to buy at stores produced by farmers, such as corn, beans, bread, milk, eggs, and cheese. Another reason AG is important to Brookfield is there are some kids who live on a farm and the only thing that some of them would want to do is FFA. So if there were no farming, there would be no FFA.
Farming is also important to the whole country because if there was no farming we would not be able to import and export it to other countries. Also, it important locally because if we didn’t have farming we would not be able to sell to feed companies. So, if they didn’t have any corn or wheat they would not be able to make feed for chickens, goats, cattle, sheep, and pigs. If
there is no feed there would be no livestock. So we wouldn’t have some stuff like eggs, chicken, goat milk, cheese, milk, beef, wool, bacon, and Pork. Also, there are a lot of farmers and they wouldn’t have any jobs.
Biofuel is also important to agriculture because plants are used to make biofuel. The reason biofuel is so important is because it helps reduce the oxides in the atmosphere. Also the article says that, “Biodiesel combustion produces fewer sulfur oxides, less particulate matter, less carbon monoxide, and fewer unburned and other hydrocarbons, but it does produce more nitrogen oxide than petroleum diesel.”
“But on the down side”, the article says, “But they have higher evaporative emissions from fuel tanks and dispensing equipment these evaporative emissions contribute to the formation of harmful, ground-level ozone and smog.”
The plants to make biodiesel are soy beans and palm oil trees for biodiesel. The plants to make ethanol are corn and sugarcane. So, without farming we would not be able to make biofuel.
These are all the reasons why I think agriculture is important to Brookfield, Missouri.
Someone shared with me an article published by PETA, “Seven reasons kids should never hunt”. Last year, I wrote about my mixed emotions sending our oldest out hunting his first deer season.
Even while the number of hunters continues to decline, I was confident this year that the deer stand was exactly where he needed to be. Here’s why:
We are blessed to have the opportunity and resources to allow our sons to spend time hunting in a safe, responsible way. To those who argue that children shouldn't hunt, I hear you, but you're wrong.
Whoa, it’s cold! But don’t worry, our soils are covered.
Winter can be hard on soils and on the organisms that live in them. Our livelihood is dependent on healthy soils, and those soil bugs, so we take steps to keep them happy and comfortable all winter long.
🌱 We don’t till, or plow, our fields. No-till farming means less traffic across our field (less compaction) and less disturbance within the soil.
🌱 Because we are no-till, you see all of the “trash” from our cash crop on the field. That trash provides protection for the soil, and food for our soil bugs, all winter long. Every part of the plant has nutrients. When we leave the trash on the field it breaks down and returns those nutrients to our soils, where next year’s crop can use it.
🌱 We plant cover crops- crops planted in between cash crops and not for harvesting. This is triticale, one of our favorite covers. We could write a book on how cool cover crops are, but here’s the quick run down on what this guy will do: break up the soil, allow water and oxygen to better infiltrate, make nutrients more accessible, increase organic matter, provide food for the soil bugs and more.
🚜 Producer Note: This triticale was broadcast with fertilizer at a rate of 50 pounds/ acre.
Kate Lambert grew up in northern Illinois, not on a farm but active in FFA and showing livestock.
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