The 6 F’s of Oregon Agriculture

When you hear the word agriculture, what comes to mind? Is it an older man in a straw hat and overalls? Is it a big red barn amidst a sweeping rural landscape? Or is it the Ram Truck commercial commemorating Paul Harvey’s “So God Made a Farmer” poem that aired during the fourth quarter of the 2013 Super Bowl?

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Oregon’s Bountiful Harvest

For people all over the word, the end of harvest is a time to celebrate work completed and enjoy the bounty of the year. Although harvest festivals and traditions differ between cultures, the theme of celebration and gratitude is a common component. In the United States, many people celebrate this season by celebrating Thanksgiving. Usually celebrated by the preparation of a special Thanksgiving meal, it’s a time to reflect on the year and share with family and friends. Most Thanksgiving traditions include a colorful feast cascading across the table.

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Falling into the Pumpkin Patch

Every young person should have the opportunity to experience a pumpkin patch by taking a class field trip. Pumpkin patches ooze fun, but they also burst with opportunities to teach. A trip to the pumpkin patch allows teachers to enrich the minds of their students while giving them a hands on learning experience.

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Why Choose Agriculture?

Imagine a man in his late fifties with tired eyes and calloused hands. His 4:30a.m. alarm clock just went off as it does seven days a week, 365 days a year.

His daily tasks involve the expertise of a veterinarian, a water conservationist, an economist, a meteorologist, a mechanic, and a business owner. He was up all last night talking care of newborn calves but could not sleep in this morning because he has to get the hay crop in before it rains tomorrow. It’s also his birthday.

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Stepping on an Essential Resource

You’ve heard that soil is the root of all life. And physically, soil does hold all the roots and provide a substrate to support roots for plants and trees, but what else does it do?  Isn’t it just an inert substrate beneath our feet, and the stuff we put in flower pots, meant to provide structure for our plants?

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Eggcellent Education

Omelets, scrambles, and quiche… OH MY! There are so many amazing ways to prepare eggs for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Not only are they a tasty treat, they are jam-packed with educational opportunities. The egg laying process, the properties of the shell and contents, and the art of preparing egg dishes can all lead to a wide variety of lessons for students and adults!

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Why Teach Ag?

The fundamentals of producing our food, clothing, and shelter are great applications for hands-on math and science, problem solving, as well as creativity and the arts.

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Oregon Dairy Industry

Can you imagine a world without cheese, yogurt, or ice cream? All of these foods have one thing in common: milk. Contributing nearly $1 billion to Oregon’s economy each year, dairy farm families, with the help of 120,000 Oregon dairy cows and milk processors produce all of these products for us to enjoy. In fact, Oregon consistently ranks in the top five states for milk quality.

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