With the 2012 Olympic Games in full swing, agriculture kids take part in their own way.
This week is our county fair, and my younger sisters are busy baking cookies, making crafts, clipping calves and preparing for the annual event. Meanwhile, my family is in charge of organizing an “Ag Olympics,” which will be this year’s entertainment at the 4-H barbecue.
Inspired by the 2012 Olympic Games currently going on in London, we’re coming up with a wide assortment of competitions for the kids. And, while the kids have fun playing games for the crowd, community members are going to gain a new appreciation for the 4-H youth.
Just like Olympic athletes, 4-H kids make a daily commitment to their sport. Instead of hopping in the pool like U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps or practicing on the beams like U.S. gymnast Gabby Douglas, youth in agriculture are out in the barn, washing and brushing their calves in preparation for show day.
And, it’s more than just fluffing up the hair on show day; getting a show steer ready for competition is a commitment. At the end of the summer, the steer is harvested, and the quarters of beef typically are sold to friends, family and neighbors.
These young people have Olympian hearts -- working daily to care for their animals and raising beef to feed the community. As community members come to watch the fun Ag Olympics event at the county fair barbecue, I also hope they gain a better appreciation for the young people in agriculture -- our future food producers.
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