Laura Muggli a junior at Grant County High School, is involved in FFA, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society and basketball. Laura is the daughter of Tim and Andrea Muggli, members of Mor-Gran-Sou Electric Cooperative.

Agriculture is one industry that has accepted women as critical for the future. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 14 percent of people who operate their own farms are women, and 30 percent of all farm workers are women. Almost 1 million women work on farms in the United States. Women have been essential in ag history and will be essential in agriculture’s future.

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If you ask teens where they plan to live when they get older, they may list places like New York City, Los Angeles, Miami or another popular, glamorous city. And while some will actually pursue their dream of living in these grand places, they may not realize they should add North Dakota to the list.

According to MoneyRates.com’s recent poll, North Dakota ranks No. 1 as the best state to live for young adults. It also has the highest proportion in the 20-24 age group of any state.

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First, give thanks during difficult situations. The Bible encourages us to be thankful all the time, even when things don’t go our way. It’s easy to give thanks when we have good health, money and working cars. But when difficult circumstances enter our lives, thankfulness is usually last on our minds.

Billy Graham once said, “When life is hard, it’s easy to focus only on the bad things and forget all about the good things God has given us. But God has blessed every one of us in ways we often overlook.” During tough times, we need to focus on our blessings.

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While growing up on a farm, my brothers have introduced new technology to my dad. In just the past couple of years, my dad has used parts created by a 3-D printer. My dad would have never known about 3-D printers and how he could use them in agriculture if my brothers had not introduced the technology to him. This shows that young people will be the backbone of more innovations in the agricultural industry, and they need to be involved in advancing agriculture for the next generation.

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First, playing music will make you more intelligent. Often, studies prove that young people who play musical instruments score higher on tests and perform better in school than those who don’t. When playing and practicing a musical instrument, you must hear the music, see the music, and feel it kinesthetically, all at the same time. Your brain makes important connections during this process. Basically, the more you play, the more connections your brain makes.