The McDuffie County Farm Bureau Women's Committee recently sponsored the essay contest for Thomson Middle School students. The essay title was "Why is Agriculture Important To My Everyday Life?" Three winners were selected and awarded cash prizes. First place went to Brianna Hart, who's essay is below. Second place went to Marie Hedgecock and third place was awarded to Haley Tam.
Pictured, from left, County Women's Chair Avis McGahee is shown presenting checks to Marie Hedgecock, Brianna Hart and Haley Tam.
Brianna's essay will be submitted to the district for competition there. She will also be invited to read her winning essay at the annual meeting for members in October.
"Why is agriculture important to my everyday life?"
By Brianna Banks
From waking up in the morning to the end of the school day, agriculture plays a major role in my everyday life. It's the simple things, like bathing with a washcloth, or borrowing a pencil from a friend, that we often take for granted.
After unwillingly waking in the morning, I take a long, hot, steamy shower. I prefer to use Zest Soap, which contains coconut and palm kernel oil, which is one of Malaysia's major agricultural products. I use a washcloth in the shower and dry off with a towel, which are both made of cotton, an agricultural product of Georgia. Next, I put on a one-hundred percent cotton t-shirt and a pair of cotton blue jeans dyed with indigo.
Awake, clean, and fully dressed, I'm on my way to school. After I am dropped off at school, I go to the lunchroom to eat breakfast. I usually have a bowl of cereal and a pint of milk. Cereal comes from milled corn and milk comes from cows.
As soon as the 8 o'clock bell rings, I'm on my way to my locker to gather my textbooks, notebooks, and pencil, all products from lumber. I then walk through wooden doors, to sit in my desk made of wood and take out a sheet of paper, which also comes from wood. After eating an "agriculture-filled" lunch, and finishing my classes, my dad, who works for the United States Department of Agriculture, picks me up from school. Now can you see how big of role agriculture plays in our lives (especially mine)? We must not take the little things in life for granted. Agriculture, where would we be without it?