This video makes you want to stand up, agriculturists!

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“Agriculturists -- it’s time for us to stand up," encourages Jasmine Dillon, a graduate student in animal breeding at Texas A&M University in a YouTube video.

She goes on to refute the notion -- stirred up recently in the popular press -- that agriculture, animal science and horticulture are useless degrees. 

"...if that were true, then could you tell me please how it is possible for you to roll out of your silk sheets, brush your teeth with toothpaste made from cotton seed, eat your corn pops breakfast cereal and drink your 2 percent milk,” Dillion says.  

Earlier this year, an article featured on Yahoo! Education listed three agriculture-degrees in a list naming the top five worthless degrees.

The story has since died down…until now.

The group Farmers Fight, a Texas A&M University-based group of ag students, released a video to reconnect American society to the world of agriculture.

Not all non-agriculture media sources agree with the article in Yahoo! Education. National Public Radio  featured a series on the economic transition of the Midwest. Agriculture is one of the biggest drivers of local economics in the region, accounting for billions of dollars in exports and adding thousands of jobs to rural communities. In addition, Purdue University College of Agriculture has reported a placement rate increase for graduates for the second consecutive year.  

Find out more about Farmers Fight through their blog.  

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Jeff Whitehead    
Idaho  |  April, 17, 2012 at 10:58 AM


Mark K    
Ohio  |  April, 17, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Basic Agriculture NEEDS to be taught in the local school system. The kids need to learn where their food comes from besides the shelf at the grocery store.

Zac King    
Stillwater, OK  |  April, 25, 2012 at 08:54 PM

So Mark K, we need to teach them. That is for sure, but lets not leave out the important stuff such as slaughterhouse flaws, insecticides, herbicides, antibiotics, veal cows in crates, food processing which robs our food of nourishing components, bpa ridden canned foods, biodiversity harm through wild fisheries, emissions during transport, politics, and money. We need food, and we need a lot, but we also need an alternative. While the scientists cook up new chemicals to increase output, these same chemicals are not being thoroughly tested in relation to human health. These chemicals and mass animal flesh productions are sustaining us in one sense, and killing us in another. I hope these degrees do not become useless, but alternatively utilized by more creative and compassionate minds. I am a Nutritional Sciences major and I disapprove of the above video and the message it reveals. Corn pops and chicken nuggets? I can only hope, that the agriculturalists in charge of corn pops and chicken nuggets are indeed considered useless at best.

David A. Reid, DVM    
Wisconsin  |  April, 17, 2012 at 02:01 PM

Why has this not been seen on any national news network! This is real, no hype, no boasting just facts about how we all need to STAND UP for agricultural degrees and how they impact the average citizen!.

G Bulling    
Fl  |  April, 17, 2012 at 09:50 PM

This is great. too often when we toot our horn in ag, it comes off as boring and stuffy. This seems more real. More people need to understand life sciences

April, 25, 2012 at 08:17 PM

This is great and needs to be shown nationally

jan miszewski    
clear lake  |  April, 30, 2012 at 12:37 PM

very good

Ed Davis    
St. Paul, MN  |  December, 11, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Zac: I completely agree. This video is a scarey picture of today's ag. Today's ag degrees are funded by a food system that sees plants and animals as something to be manipulated like machines. Although stopping hunger is a great, noble goal; our current solution that is being researched by ag degrees is to make more and more food from less and less land. It feeds today's hungry without policy changes to address the issue - there are too many people and we have far exceeded the carrying capacity of our earth. When the oil runs out, the flood of suffering people will make the famines of today look like rain drops.

bobby wengronowitz    
boston  |  December, 12, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I agree with Ed and Zac here. Please, "agriculturalists" who keep the aggie turf green do NOT stand up. Get out of the way for a sustainable food future that won't be dominated by by expensive genetic manipulation that has never and will never feed anyone besides affluent folks eating corn pops.

John ODonnell    
USA  |  December, 18, 2012 at 04:32 AM

I agree with the message that people need to know more about where their food comes from. Fortunately, I am a farmer that wasn't brainwashed by an agricultural degree. From what I've seen of the ag programs in most Universities, they've been co opted by the industrial ag corporations. Food and farming should be more like it was when people were healthy (quite a while ago). Local, using traditional plant varieties and saving seeds, and traditional poultry, swine, milk cows, cattle etc. Better to apprentice or start your own farm than get an agricultural degree, where it may take you 20 to 30 years to get De-programmed.

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