This I Believe

Samantha - Manchaca, Texas
Entered on September 8, 2006
Age Group: Under 18
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This I Believe

FFA stands for Future Farmers of America, it is a high school club that you show animals or build things, called Ag mechanics. People that are in FFA don’t have to be a farmer when they grow up. It is just a club for kids that enjoy showing animals, building things, or even sewing or baking. People have called FFA hicks or even worse things, but of course it’s not just for hicks. If you didn’t have farmers where would you get your meat, vegetables, feed for your pets (example, dog food, their food has meat in it). What would you do if all the farmers stopped growing crops and raising animals; cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, chickens, turkeys? What would you barbeque? You couldn’t eat corn on the cob or your cotton clothes wouldn’t be here! It hurts my feelings when people call FFA dirty names because they don’t stop and think about where food, clothing, and so much other stuff comes from. But just because it hurts doesn’t mean that I will stop raising my animals. The animals that I raise help me get money with my college education. I have been showing since I was 8 years old. That is 8 years I have been doing this. I was 8 years old and I had won Reserve Grand Champion market lamb. I had the 2nd best lamb in the whole Hays County. I had to beat high school kids; I thought I was on top of the world. My lamb went for $1,300 dollars. Can you imagine getting that much money at the age of 8? I did and I have been getting about that much for about 8 or 9 years now. My college education is not paid for yet, but it will help a lot. Next time you catch yourself making fun of FFA or “hicks” just remember where your clothes and food comes from! FFA helps the future of the country.