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.
Kate Lambert grew up in northern Illinois, not on a farm but active in FFA and showing livestock.
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