OPINION

National Agriculture Day is today

Lonnie Jenschke

Founded in 1973, National Ag Day encourages every American to:

• Understand how food and fiber products are produced.

• Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.

• Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.

• Acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and fiber industry.

Agriculture has a different face and different meaning to different people. Everyone has a personal story related to hunger. Hunger alleviation takes center stage with many of us and turns to personal stories and people we know.

Over the next decade, we are going to see more urbanized populations, a growing middle class, and increased diversification of diets. So agricultures role will be to make sure that the agriculture value chain adapts to the worlds nutritional need. It is estimated that our world population will be at approximately 10 billion people by 2050. Currently one farmer feeds 114 people and agriculture is America’s number one export.

It is important as parent to teach our children about the importance of agriculture. They need to understand that food and fiber just don’t arrive in the grocery store or clothing store. We have an entire industry providing plentiful and safe food for consumption. We must have agriculture to provide the necessities of life. From dairy to beef and grains to cotton, agriculture is working hard to meet the needs of America and others around the world.

We want to make sure we sustain agriculture for future generations. Consider this: just about everything we eat, wear and use come from agriculture. That is why it is so important that everyone stays educated and teach our youth.

When you are out and about make sure that you thank someone involved in agriculture.

Texas Water Shed Program

Don’t forget about the Texas Watershed Steward program March 25, 2015, 1:00pm-5:00pm at the Rotary Building in Dublin.

The workshop will provide an overview of water quality and watershed management in Texas. It will primarily focus on water quality issues in the Leon River watershed as well as efforts by the Texas Water Resources Institute, Brazos River Authority, Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, and area residents to help improve water resources and the health of the surrounding watersheds. For information visit: http://tws.tamu.edu

If you have any questions, please contact the Erath County Extension Office at 254-965-1460.

Educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status.

The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating

Lonnie Jenschke is an Erath County Extension agent.