Allison Zabel
Allison Zabel

“I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds - achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists.”

The FFA creed is what comes to mind when I think about the future of agriculture. Agriculture is an industry that is about innovation, while maintaining the beliefs we have always had.

”I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny.”

I was the creed speaker for my FFA chapter when I was a freshman in high school. I did not have such a strong feeling for these words as I do now. I believe that the paragraph above is true, because I have experienced the ups and downs that are part of being an agriculturist. 

A few years ago I thought the future of agriculture would rely on the farmers and the workers who are in the agricultural field. As I get older, I realize that the future of agriculture is not even up to the consumer. The changes we face are enforced by people who do not even work in the agriculture industry. We see animal activist organizations making all the industry’s big decisions. Agriculture, especially animal agriculture, is in a tough spot. We are dealing with an animal that has certain needs.

Only time will tell what the future holds for agriculture and I, for one, am very interested to see what happens in the years to come.

What is your opinion? What do you think will happen?