When I was a high school senior, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. When people would ask what I wanted to be when I ‘grew up’, I would give the career that I currently thought I wanted to do or just give the standard ” I’m going into agriculture”. This is when people started to bug me. If I said my current career (which was usually a veterinarian), people would usually nod enthusiastically and say something that was supposed to encourage me. If I said I had no clue, they would laugh, and patting my arm, refer to how their son or daughter had no clue either and they turned out just fine. But if I said I was going into agriculture, they wouldn’t nod enthusiastically or talk about their own kids. “Oh, that’s nice” and a subject change was the usual response. Why was there such a difference in their responses when I was still going into the same field? Because they, like many other people around the world, are uneducated about the agriculture field.
Now that I am in college, these people to seem to grab my attention more. Cruising through YouTube, you can find multiple videos that show people who are uneducated about our field. So what should we do? We should educate the public, of course! By talking to local high schools about the William H. Darr School of Agriculture, I am doing my part. But you can do your part, too. Make your own YouTube video like the one we made in our Public Relations in Agriculture class. Just answering the question of where your beef comes from at your local supermarket could change the way people look at our industry. No matter how small your part is, we must start spreading the word. Spreading the word about how our food is grown, where our clothing comes from, and how agriculture is our life.