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