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Stand Up For Agriculture!


A group of Texas A&M students formed Farmers Fight, a movement supporting America’s farmers and ranchers.

Texas A&M student Jasmine Dillon offers some food for thought in an articulate explanation of agriculture and how it impacts our daily lives. Created in response to a Yahoo! report that said agricultural careers such as animal science and horticulture are useless, Dillon gives a no-nonsense report of how farmers and ranchers are more than cowboys in the wild West; they are scientists, nutritionists and engineers -- working to increase food production and improve water quality around the world.

Check out the video and let me know what you think!

Farmers Fight is a student-led initiative to reconnect American society to the world of agriculture. Beginning with university students, Farmers Fight encourages consumers to ask where their food comes from, and give students, faculty, public officials, and farmers and ranchers an opportunity to become "agvocates" for the agriculture community.

Check out the Farmers Fight blog here.

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Richard Blau (not verified)
on Apr 16, 2012

I thought this was an excelent piece of performace art.

As I watched, I wondered if the presentation was too emotional in its rebuttal to Yahoo. Not that the initial Yahoo article did not warrant a strong response; I just wonder if the confrontational anger undermines the advocacy objective.

Nevertheless, if I were a Texas A&M professor, I'd send Ms. Dillon to the head of the class.

Well done,
Richard M. Blau, Chair
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Mark Mulhall (not verified)
on Apr 16, 2012

We are so busy hating each other we have no time to advance the common good of agriculture or anything else.

on Apr 16, 2012

That was an excellent video! It sould be widely distributed.

Bob Gwilt (not verified)
on Apr 16, 2012

Great video. This young lady really tells it like it is.
Hooray for her.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Apr 16, 2012

Young people involved in agricultural advocacy are doing things different...and that is good. They are connecting with their peers in a way not understood by the agriculture establishment.

Keep in mind the number of young consumers who are detached from our industry. They can be inspired by this type of response.

Gig 'em Ags.

For another creative approach see:

J. Scott Vernon, Ph.D.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Apr 16, 2012

This is awesome! I love it. In fact, I think I'll go share it with my Facebook world now. :)

Briána Flores

Terry Church (not verified)
on Apr 16, 2012

I liked the video. Its great to see young people take a stand for Agriculture and their future in it. I've worked at a agricultural research station in the past, and its amazing at the work that goes into trying to make things better and more productive for the farmers/ ranchers and consumers. We do need people with Agricultural Degrees. They're the ones that are going to carry on the research and make discoveries that will affect the way we do things, make things safer, more nutritious, feed and clothe an ever growing population, and educate our children. The one that wrote that these degrees were useless, don't have a clue about what goes on in the Agricultural Fields. Agriculture either directly or indirectly employees a huge amount of people. From research, to the farmers and ranchers producing products, to processors, packing or packaging, people working in the stores stocking products, fertilizer and pesticide manufacturers, tractor/implement manfacturers, textiles and clothing, building materals. Agriculture touches everyone daily. Anyone who says their not involved in Agriculture is wrong! Everyone is involved in agriculture. We eat, we wear shoes and clothing, live in wood framed homes. We all use some type of agricultural product each and every day of our lives, and that involves us in Agriculture. So see we do need these people with Agricultural Degrees. We need to educate our young people on how agriculture impacts their lives, how it affect their future and get them involved.

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