Thursday, 13 September 2012

The importance of agriculture

It was good to see the faces of children as they learned about agriculture during this week’s Annual Rural Education Day, sponsored by Huron County Farm Bureau with the help of dozens of other businesses and agencies.

The 15th annual event gave third-grade students and teachers the chance to learn about the many different elements of farming and natural resources — from cow milking to horseshoeing. About 650 kids from 23 schools attended at the Huron County Fairgrounds.

Many of these children have either lived on a farm or visited one regularly. But many have not. And for those less familiar, it is good to see them learning more about Huron County agriculture. After all, no county has more tillable acres in Michigan than ours.

We realize it will take a lot more than a visit to a Rural Education Day to inspire a youngster to a career in agriculture. But we also realize a child’s first experience interacting with exhibits present at this week’s event could stick with them for a long, long time — and perhaps a lifetime. 

These children will hopefully grow up to be productive citizens, taxpayers and perhaps lawmakers helping to shape our community and state. We think it’s a great idea to introduce them to the wonders of Rural Education Day.

We hope sponsors continue to support the event so that in our agricultural-rich community, our Rural Education Day is the best in the state.
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