Science, Technology, Engineering, And Agriculture

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Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and…Agriculture? Yes! Ag-ri-cul-ture, ˈa-gri-ˌkəl-chər: “the science…of cultivating the soil, producing crops, and raising livestock and in varying degrees, the preparation and marketing of the resulting products.” – Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary, 2016 Merriam-Webster’s dictionary may define “agriculture” as something relating to the soil, crops, and livestock, but to me, it is so much more: agriculture is my way of life. As a kid, I went through a variety of interests, from marine biology, fashion design, and more, but none fit me as well as the agriculture industry does, from the day I became involved in youth activities to the present day as I study it in college. Though my family’s roots are in agriculture, I was not raised on a farm, but when I wanted to give agriculture a try in junior high, those who were welcomed me with open arms. As a young person, I was involved in 4-H, FFA, and livestock showing from the local to national levels, for many amazing experiences and countless memories made. Today, I give back as a volunteer, participate in professional organizations, and would rather go out to the farm or to a livestock show rather than the movies or out shopping, unless it is to the feed store of course! Many people would not think of agriculture in regards to STEM, but those of us in the industry and even Merriam-Webster agree that as something that relates to the natural world, it most definitely is
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