I consider myself very lucky to have grown up on a small crop farm just north of town. It is a lot of hard work, but I have loved every second of it. Attending high school and taking agricultural classes really broadened my knowledge into how much agriculture is needed, and I want you to know the same.
Not everyone will agree with you, and that is okay.
There are multiple groups against the agriculture industry, and that might make you upset, or even angry, but calm down. This will just make your love for agriculture and want to advocate even stronger.
2. It will be hard work, but it will all pay off in the end.
Lugging a heifer through a field on a halter is not the easiest thing to do. At some point you will feel like giving up, everyone has. Just make sure to grab the rope a little tighter and keep on walking with our head held high.
3. You will meet so many different people, cherish these friendships.
If you decide to join FFA, 4-H, or Grange, I can guarantee you will travel all across the state, even country. The people you meet will influence you in the most positive ways. They will hopefully bring a new knowledge and perspectives. Never forget these people.
4. I hope you become the best leader you can be.
Leadership is something I learned quickly. I hope you take charge and be the best you can be. Whatever you do, make sure that you challenge yourself with all of the different obstacles that come your way.
5. Make sure you take every opportunity that comes your way
Especially in high school, you will have some opportunities to do some amazing things. I want you to take the risk and go for it. Even if it is as simple as participating in a showmanship class, go for it. You can never learn unless you try.
I hope agriculture has given you everything you need to become a better person. In leadership, knowledge, and hard work. Just like me.
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