Youth, organizations, and the future
As the summer ends, so do the county fairs. Our family enjoys attending the fairs extensively, so we can meet up with friends, family and neighbors. We look forward to the few days we get to spend together talking about old times, about our children growing up and what has happened to us over the past year.
Time spent at the fair is usually watching livestock shows or revues in the Youth Building and it reminds us of the skills learned through youth organizations like 4-H and FFA. The passing of knowledge is something that we take for granted in our county since we have such a strong agriculture community. We grow up passing knowledge from one another through the 4-H and FFA programs. It is instilled in us to take pride in our community and be good stewards of the land.
We need to value the education of our youth and pass along to them the values we’ve been taught from our past generations. Groups like the 4-H and FFA provide the basics, but we are lucky enough to have organizations in our community that helps develop the youth and inform the public about agriculture.
Groups like Farm Safety Just 4 Kids, they are a great group that has a safety day each year to inform the youth of our county and they also attend the county fair and pass out literature and get youth involved with the value of safety on the farm.
The Farm Bureau is another group that helps develop the youth of our county by being involved with local events and supporting the FFA among other groups with programs educating the community about agriculture. The county’s Pork Producers and Cattleman’s Association helps the youth develop by providing funds for scholarships, upgrading facilities at the fair and providing information to the public on the values of their products.
As we move forward in life we should take time to develop the youth, because one day they will be the ones caring for our community and the land that we live on. A man once told me that,”we only have some much ground, they aren’t making it anymore and we need to take care of it because once it’s gone, it gone.” He also told me and it has always hung with me to, “make the most of each day, because once its gone its gone forever, and to make each day important because I was exchanging a day of my life for it and I pledge to Gain, not lose; Be Good, not evil; Succeed, not fail” Please consider this in you daily lives and consider the youth when your planning