Georgian Farmers Have Been Underestimated Essay

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Agriculture…what does agriculture actually mean? According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, the definition of agriculture is: “the science, art, or practice of cultivating the soil, producing crops, and raising livestock and in varying degrees the preparation and marketing of the resulting products.” But, the soil cannot cultivate itself, the crops cannot produce themselves, and livestock cannot raise themselves, just as the agricultural products cannot prepare nor market themselves. Who are the people who work under the hot sun and cold rain tirelessly for hours tending to the crops and herds of livestock? Who are the people who harvest and gather the crops at the peak of its season? Who are the people who separate, clean, and package the finished products so that they can be sold to millions of Americans and other people around the world? They are the farmers.
Georgian farmers, as well as farmers from across the nation, have been underestimated throughout the course of history and sometimes today. People have assumed that farmers were uneducated and poor. This disgraceful and disdainful theory was actually portrayed as an allegory in the famous movie “Wizard of Oz”; the brain-lacking scarecrow represented the farmers. But, in fact, farm families inhabited most of the country’s population when the United States was first formed. During the Reconstruction period and the New South Era, agriculture played a significant role in rebuilding and refurnishing the South. Cotton production increased, especially in Georgia, also known as “King Cotton”, and attracted...

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