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  MILES AND MILES OF TEXAS AGRICULTURE
 
By: Taylor Cooper, Harmony FFA
July 13, 2012

 
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What do you picture when you hear the word agriculture? For students in most states, the answers will often be the same as their neighbors. The diversity of agriculture is apparent from state to state, but as any Texan will tell you, true agricultural diversity will quickly be thrown into sharp relief upon a visit to the Lone Star State.

Texas is home to a plethora of agriculture industries across the many diverse regions of the state. Texas leads the nation in agricultural output, particularly in the production of beef and dairy cattle, sheep and goats, poultry, grain, cotton, and rice. This is possible due to the sheer size of the great state of Texas, and, as a result, the various climates, terrain, and ecosystems sustained across the state.

Students in the panhandle grew up around immense fields of cotton, corn and wheat; West Texans will know all about milo and wool. Our friends in the South were raised near, or on, cattle ranches while kids on the coast with be quite familiar with rice. Dairy farmers thrive up north and greenhouses stretch along the east.

With all the various production possibilities across the state, agriculture students bring with them a very rich yet, diverse repertoire of knowledge when they come together at state convention.
 
 
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