Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Agricultural Jargon

Jargon is the specialized language of a trade. Agriculture is a field of work that has many words that can only be applied to agriculture

Some interesting words I found are:

Antemortem- The inspection of an animal before being slaughtered
Blending- Combining two different qualities of grain
Broiler- A young chicken raised primarily for meat
Bushel- A volume of measure for grain, fruit, ect.
Carcinogen- Any product that produces or promotes cancer
Casein- The main portion of milk protein
Combine- A self-propelled grain harvester. In one operation it combines cutting, threshing, separation, cleaning, and straw dispersal
Composting- The controlled biological decomposition of organic material, such as sewage sludge, animal manures, or crop residues, in the presence of air to form a humus-like material
Defoliant- A chemical that removes leaves from trees and growing plants; regulated as a pesticide.
Desiccant — A chemical agent that absorbs moisture; desiccants can be used to control certain insect pests or mildew

Agriculture has a major impact on everyone’s life. Almost everyone in the United States eats meat and or grains produced by farmers. Without antemortem, the meat we consume might harm us. A young chicken that is 6-8 weeks old is called a broiler. Chickens are raised for two reasons, meat and eggs. Dairy cows play a big part in everyone’s life. In skim milk a product called casein can be found. When farmers need to clear land, they use a chemical called a defoliant. After the land is cleared, to get rid of excess moisture a chemical called desiccant is used. Before farmers can plant they have to put compost in their fields. Compost can be food waste or manure. This helps put nutrients back in the soil. When it’s time to harvest, farmers use a combine. This is a piece of equipment that cuts the crops. Bushels are easy ways to measure out fruits, vegetables, and grains. The actual weight varies for different types. Blending is a process that is used to combine two different grains to equal out prices. By doing this the contract order can be filled. Agriculture and farming can be a difficult task but someone has to do it!

Posted by Shea :)

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