US Needs More Education in Agriculture Essay

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Growing an Education
A curve in the never-ending pavement of the freeway takes the car around a hill. As the turn is made, little faces press up against the windows on the right side of the car. There are no worries about noses being squished as the children squeal in delight at the cows that are grazing on the lush, green hillsides. A race takes place, to see who can count the most calves before the car follows the road around another hill and the cattle disappear from sight. While all children are enchanted by cattle, goats, sheep, horses, pigs, ducks, and anything else that they do not have at home, it seems that they have little knowledge of what these animals’ true purpose is. Children attending public schools are currently not
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The Golden State is known for being one of the most successful agriculture states in the U.S. Agriculture is a 44.7 billion dollar industry that also creates over 100 billion dollars for our economy. There are over 85,000 farms and ranches that are creating these statistics, and it is because of the dedicated agriculturists that work on these farms that California has been recognized as the most productive agricultural state in the United States for over fifty years (“94 Years Protecting and Promoting …” 1-2). While agriculture is a very large aspect of California, the lack of public education is why many people are not even aware of what the word itself means.
While some might argue that agriculture does not affect them, the agriculture industry is involved in every aspect of life. The most obvious role agriculture plays is putting food on the dinner table. From beef to pork, tomatoes to corn, and everything that comes from the soil is grown by an agriculturalist. California is especially prominent in both almond and grape production. California produces about three-fourths of the world’s almond crop, with over 575,000 acres in the Central Valley dedicated to this particular nut. And the 529,000 acres of grapes in California produce annual revenues of over two billion dollars (“Agriculture Success Stories” 1). But food and produce is not the only product of agriculture. Cow hides are turned into leather which is then put into both shoes and

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