From pencils and paper to school rooms and playgrounds, Texas agriculture is helping students head back to school.
“With the hustle and bustle of this time of year, it can be easy to forget the large role Texas farmers and ranchers play in our everyday lives,” Kevin Wilkerson, Van Zandt County Farm Bureau president, said. “For example, corn, a popular crop in Texas, is used to create a corn-based adhesive that ensures crayon wrappers stay on as long as possible.”
Timber from East Texas is used in some school room walls, in furniture and in playground equipment.
“Of course, it’s also used to create paper, which almost every child uses every day,” Wilkerson said. “This time of year is the perfect opportunity to talk to kids about what farmers and ranchers do and how it affects them.”