Agriculture: Food for Life

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(Bridger Gordon, a high school student at Sturgis Brown High School, won the National Ag Day Essay Contest with this essay. He was awarded $1000 and a free trip to Washington, DC to accept the award at the National Press Club Event on March 21.

“MMMM ... these mashed potatoes are delicious,” I told my grandma as we enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner at her house this past November. Her face lit up, and she proceeded to tell us grandkids about the potatoes and other vegetables from her garden, then segued to talking about the bountiful crop of wheat, sunflowers, and corn she and grandpa had been blessed with as well. Her pride in raising the food to feed her family - and the world - as she’s done for some 50 years was evident.

Soon the dinner table conversation turned to my dad, uncle and grandpa discussing the corn and soybean crop and looking ahead to spring planting.

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