Marshall FFA members and advisor attend round table discussion at Missouri State Fair Aug. 15

Monday, August 26, 2013

Twelve Marshall FFA members and one advisor, Randy Plattner, attended a round table discussion Thursday, Aug. 15, held at the Missouri State Fair, outside the FFA building. Jon Hagler and Michael Scuse were the guest speakers.

Hagler is Director of Missouri Agriculture and Scuse is the under secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services.

The majority of the topics covered how to increase food production over the years and how to spread the word to congress to get more people interested in farming.

The questions focused on how to increase food production over the next few years.

Q: Could insects some day become a food source?

A: Yes, insects will be option and a good source of protein.

Q: Can science be used to help increase yields in the future?

A: Yes, science will be heavily relied on, do to the rapid growth of the population.

Hagler's favorite statistic is "four out of every four people eat." He also stated "one out of every 12 people are involved in agriculture. For every $1 million that is made, (it) will only support 8,000 jobs in the U.S."

Scuse commented on a question about chemicals used on crops.

"There are currently less chemicals used on crops today than there was 40 years ago, per acre," he said.

The final topic was about spreading the word to other non-agriculturalists. The best way to get the word out is to attend council meetings and to speak to non-agriculturalists. The more farmers get involved with congress and their community, the more the non-agriculturalist will learn about agriculture.