Itâ€™s dinnertime, and you are sitting down to a meal with your family. You have some sort of meat, a vegetable and bread. Have you ever stopped to think about where this came from and the hands that were involved in getting that food to your table?
Now is the time to learn about that.
Today is Ag Day on the Lory Student Center Plaza, and Saturday is Ag Day at the CSU football game. Ag Day on the Plaza is a great way for you to learn about the College of Agriculture and what it has to offer. Stop by the different stations and learn about the different facets of agriculture.
Before the game, check out the Ag Day barbecue. According to the CSU Ag Day website, â€œThe 29th Ag Day barbecue features Colorado fare such as lamb, beef, pork, beans, potatoes, apples, dairy products, wheat bread, melons, soft drinks, Colorado-brewed beer and flowers.â€ Everything that will be served will be products that were grown in Colorado.
All of the proceeds from the event are used for scholarships for the College of Agriculture students, which is vital to the future of the industry.
Agriculture is important to Colorado. The website also said, â€œColorado agriculture has always been and continues to be a vital part of our stateâ€™s history and economy. Agriculture is the second-largest industry in Colorado, providing more than 86,000 jobs and bringing in more than $12 billion to the stateâ€™s economy.â€
Farmers and ranchers work hard everyday to bring food to your table. Your food is not made in the grocery store. The hard-working men and women in the fields make it. Iâ€™m guessing most of you have never grown your own food, and you probably do not know how much work it can be. Agriculture is not a 9-to-5 job. It is a full time, 24-7-365 job.
If you have calves due in the middle of the night and the cow needs assistance, you have to go out and do your job. It doesnâ€™t matter if it is minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit outside and the wind is blowing at 50 miles per hour. You still have a responsibility.
Working in agriculture is never easy. There is no guaranteed set price for meats and grains, and prices can change daily. Farmers and ranchers can work from sun up to sun down and may only get paid once a year.
Itâ€™s a difficult job, and we should be more appreciative of all of the hard work that goes into raising the food we so easily pick up at the grocery store. According to the Colorado Department of Agriculture, farmers and ranchers only receive about 20 cents on every dollar of product that is sold commercially.
For those students who are attending CSU to pursue a degree in an agricultural field of study, I congratulate you. You are a small group, and you must lead in the future. You will eventually grow more efficient crops, produce better and healthier animals and find alternative fuel and energy.
Agriculture is a vital part of our stateâ€™s economy, and you should do what you can to support that. One way to do this is to look for Colorado grown products in your grocery store, which are generally branded as Colorado Proud. Ag Day is an opportunity for you to support local agriculture and for you to visit the very roots this school was founded on.
Robyn Scherer is a graduate student studying integrated resource management. Her column appears Fridays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.