Agriculture is a big part of our daily lives whether we realize it or not. Every time you grab something to eat you are acting as an agriculture consumer. And thanks to our hard working farmers and ranchers here in the United States, Americans enjoy the safest and most affordable food supply in the world. But in order to make sure we can reap that same harvest for years to come, the next generation must realize the importance of agriculture to sustain our society. Ian Cobb is a Lynn County, Texas 4-H member as well as a Texas state 4-H ambassador, and there is no doubt he understands that concept perfectly.
"Well, so far it's been that the agriculture industry is a lot bigger than me and not only my family but my community can do. It's on a larger scale," Cobb said.
Although 100 % of people have to eat, a mere 2 % of Americans actually are involved in production agriculture. That means the overwhelming majority of people out there need to hear more about where their food comes from.
"Promoting agriculture not only to the other 2 % of the United States that is directly involved in the agriculture industry, but also reaching out to that other 98 % that has very little, none, or very little agricultural involvement," Cobb said.
Ian was one of about 50 high school students from around the state of Texas who applied to become a 4-H ambassador. Their primary role as ambassadors is helping others and being life long advocates for American agriculture.
"Just getting the right and positive influence out there where we don't make a bad name for ourselves and we don't get overrun with people that just don't believe in us and think that we represent a false cause. We want them to understand what we do," Cobb said.
So even if you don't make your living as a farmer or rancher, next time you open the fridge to grab a bite to eat make sure you take a moment to appreciate the long road that food product traveled from the farm to your home.
Congratulations to Ian Cobb for being featured as our Ag Student of the Week. If you know of any hard working 4-H or FFA members out there who are going above and beyong in their organization, please let us know who they are and email us at AgDay@FOX34.com .