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How agriculture affects me

DICKINSON, N.D. -- I would like to start off first by saying without agriculture most of us would die of either starving or freezing because most of the stuff we eat and most of the clothes we wear where made by agriculture. Agriculture is very i...

DICKINSON, N.D. -- I would like to start off first by saying without agriculture most of us would die of either starving or freezing because most of the stuff we eat and most of the clothes we wear where made by agriculture. Agriculture is very important to me because most of the food and clothes I have were grown, raised and harvested by agriculture. Over the summer, my father (whom I am grateful for) and I enjoy gardening in our backyard. We grow corn, pumpkins, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes and my favorite peas. This is one way agriculture affects me.

My mother and I enjoy sewing. I have recently made a doll (that was supposed to look like her) out of cotton (another plant agriculture harvests) and bits of cotton T-shirts. She helped with the eyes, and I made the body and her beautiful smile. Most of the clothes I have are cotton shirts that keep me warm. That is one more way agriculture affects me.

Also, every summer, I like to go to my Grandma Laura's house, which we call Camp Yo-Yo. She has rhubarb plants she likes to tend and make into rhubarb pies. My cousin, Sally, and I (well, I do anyway) like to nibble at the rhubarb sometimes because it is always so sweet at the end. So my grandma even uses agriculture.

We have a family friend named Jude Bullinger and her husband, Terry, who have a small garden in their front yard. I ask them if I can have some of their vegetables almost every time I visit them because I think they have a natural green thumb and raise the tastiest of vegetables. So it turns out that even our friends use agriculture.

Agriculture is one of the best things in life. And to think it all started with our ancestors, the Pilgrims and Indians, maybe even before that. For different nationalities, agriculture has been there not only for me and my family, but for all children, adults and elders in the world. Whether you are young or old, agriculture affects you in a lot of different and helpful ways.

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Agriculture is a big part of my life and probably yours. It is never really left out of anyone's life. We all, as human beings, need agriculture to live. Because no matter where you are or who you are, agriculture affects you. In conclusion, I would just like to say we as the people of the world use agriculture every day and that is how agriculture affects me.

Editor's Note: Ramsey is a 12-year-old student from Dickinson, N.D. Her essay placed first in a school competition. She is the daughter of Mary and Gary Ramsey of Dickinson, N.D., and the granddaughter of Laura and Ray Alkofer of Park River, N.D., and Edith Ramsey Flint of Casa Grande, Ariz.

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