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    “I truly believe we're at a golden age of agriculture. Global demand is at an all-time record high, and global supplies are at all-time record lows," said Matt Rush, director of the Texas Farm Bureau."Production costs are going to be valuable enough that younger people are going to have the opportunity to be involved in agriculture. "

    Does the underlined sentence mean " Investments in agricultural production are going to be so valuable that younger people can take the chance to be involved in agriculture"?

    Am I right?

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    Last edited by jasonlulu_2000; 29-Jun-2012 at 14:20.

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    Default Re: agriculture

    It's a very strange sentence, but I think it means that agriculture will attract young people because there's enough money to be made there.

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    I'm confused by the use of "Production costs are going to be valuable enough ..." Am I alone?
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: agriculture

    I was very confused too.

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    Default Re: agriculture

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'm confused by the use of "Production costs are going to be valuable enough ..." Am I alone?
    You are not alone.

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    Default Re: agriculture

    Jasonlulu, a persistent and annoying habit of yours is missing out spaces between words. There are three examples of this in the short passage you quoted here.

    Please take the trouble to read through your quotes before posting.

    Rover

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'm confused by the use of "Production costs are going to be valuable enough ..." Am I alone?
    Not at all. I don't see how costs can be valuable. Had he said "investments," it would make more sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Jasonlulu, a persistent and annoying habit of yours is missing out spaces between words. There are three examples of this in the short passage you quoted here.

    Please take the trouble to read through your quotes before posting.

    Rover
    I agree that everyone should read through their posts before hitting Submit. However, to stand up just a little in the OP's defence, the fact that the Copy and Paste action here really doesn't work is something of a hindrance.

    It shouldn't be unreasonable to think that if one copies and pastes a perfectly well formatted and laid-out quote, that it will paste into the post in the same way. Unfortunately, it doesn't. It does mean that we now have to proofread copied and pasted text as well as our own.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: agriculture

    I was curious enough that I looked it up and that is the quote in the AP news story. I thing something got messed up between his statemen and the way it was recorded.

    In any case, the overall meaning is as suggested above: There is money to be made in farming and young people can consider it a good career choice.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: agriculture

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Jasonlulu, a persistent and annoying habit of yours is missing out spaces between words. There are three examples of this in the short passage you quoted here.

    Please take the trouble to read through your quotes before posting.

    Rover
    Sorry! Many of the quotes are cut and copied from the Internet. Somehow it just turns out like that. I promise that it will never happen again.

    Sorry again for any inconvenience caused!

    Sincerely

    Jason

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