Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Tradition of agriculture education returns

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Jan. 21, 2013 at 6:01 p.m.
Updated Jan. 20, 2013 at 7:21 p.m.

Texas has a reputation known around the world. We are a land of cowboys and cattle, homesteads and handguns. From the Alamo to cross-country cattle drives, our state's heritage has been immortalized in films, books and tall tales for generations.

But every legend and folk tale grows from an element of truth. In Texas, the agricultural lifestyle that made our home famous is still an important part of our lives today. Every year, starting in January and February, area livestock shows give the next generation of Texans a chance to show off their hard work and knowledge. We are excited to see another year of these events coming to the Crossroads, and we look forward to seeing the efforts of young Texans learning the heritage and future of agriculture.

Victoria has already gotten a taste of the livestock show spirit with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo art contest. Victoria students from elementary to high school entered artwork, which was judged Jan. 12. Four high school pieces and two each from the middle and elementary school levels will advance to the show in Houston, with the auction for high school pieces scheduled for March 10 at noon.

The communities of Yoakum and Moulton have already held livestock shows. The Yoakum Project Show ended Saturday night when the top 70 animals were sold at auction. The Moulton Junior Livestock Show started Sunday and ended Monday. About 50 students took part in the competition with seven steers, 34 hogs, 15 lambs and 11 pens of broilers.

We applaud all of the students in the Crossroads who are continuing Texas' tradition of agriculture through raising quality livestock. From steers down to broiler pens, we look forward to seeing students put their hard work on display and show how well they have learned the trade of Texas' past.

We hope area businesses and residents will attend these shows and show their support by participating in the auctions and investing in the futures of these up-and-coming leaders. And to each of the students participating in the shows, we wish you luck. We hope your months of effort will be a rewarding experience for you, whether you take home the grand champion title or not.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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