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Talking Agriculture

10 Jul

There is nothing better than getting to talk about agriculture with random strangers. It never ceases to amaze me how connected we are within agriculture. It’s a bond thy can only be seen from the inside.

Today at work I was waiting on a table when I noticed this man was wearing a hat with a seed company on it. I got pretty excited because I assumed he had to be a farmer so I asked, and it turned out that he was. I instantly told him I was an ag major at Missouri Sate and we began talking about different Ag companies and my plans for the future. He told me that his daughter was an Ag business major who had formally worked with Monsanto. Hearing his story of his daughters success made me even more excited to graduate an enter into the field of agriculture! I love my major and I cannot wait to begin classes again in the fall.

Animal Lover

7 Apr

Today I got the chance to venture to the outskirts of Springfield and bottle feed a calf for the first time. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect since I’d never done it before. When I arrived we filled up each bottle with a mixture of formula and water. I went to the barn and got my first glimpse at the cute babies They were adorable! Bottle feeding is exactly what it sounds like, I just held the bottle while the calf drank. As I was watching the babies drink from the bottle, I couldn’t help but think of the extent of care that farmers and ranchers give their animals. The fact that these farmers and ranchers take the time to give bottles to these calves every morning and night is simply amazing! I’ll never understand how groups such as the HSUS and PETA insist that agriculturalists don’t take good care of our animals.

My best friend growing up raised cows and horses, so I’ve been around livestock all my life. I watched her dad pour his life into taking care of their animals and he did an amazing job of it. As for the horses, you will never find someone more in love with her horses. We were constantly brushing and feeding them making sure they were happy and well taken care of. We once stayed up an entire night with a horse just to be able to be there when the horse gave birth. Seeing that little animal take her first wobbly steps is a sight I will never forget. It’s these memories that I will never forget that have made me want to stand up for agriculture. I can’t stand to see people making false accusations about animal agriculture, when they know nothing about it.

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Thank A Farmer

1 Apr

 

I was introduced to this song, sung by James Wesley, by one of my friends, but I just recently heard it on the radio. I love this song because its able to advocate in a different way. It appeals to those who love a good country song but has that secret message to appreciate the farmers in this world. The fact that country stars are supporting the farmer is a huge deal! It is things like this that will reach out and grab peoples attention who maybe haven’t thought about how much farmers contribute to the world they live in. The year of the farmer is here and the more people on board the more people we can reach. If we can band together as one people working to get acknowledgement to the farmer then it can actually happen. First the dodge commercial and now this, mainstream media is picking up on the year of the farmer it is time everyone does. Everyone has a group of people they can reach. So I challenge you all to go and find those people that you can agvocate to and spread the news! Share the stories of farmers to all your friends, and one by one we can get the farmers the appreciation they deserve and we together can show people how important American agriculture is!

 

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@Farmnwife

25 Mar

Recently my PR in Agriculture class got to hear from Judi Graff who blogs under the alias @farmnwife. She discussed how to develop a website/blog for a business. From her presentation I was able to take away 3 main things.

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  1. When developing a website for a company, a blog should always be a part of it too because the blog is what will draw people to the website via search engines.– This is going to be extremely helpful when I’m developing a website for a company that I want to someday work for. I never new a blog could be so important!
  2. Be sure to have an “about me” section on your blog!  — I’ve already applied this fact to my blog by adding the about me widget so that way people can tell exactly why I’m writing which will help my followers connect with me!
  3. 5 Site Must Haves: Tagline, About Me, Contact, Call to Action, and a Fast Load Time –Tagline: Keep it short and to point! Explain your purpose
    –Contact: get a menu tap for contact to make it easy for people to interact with you
    –Call to Action: Be sure to talk up your blog and ask people to follow it!                                                                                                                                                                                                                     –Fast Load Time: you want to have small file size so the pictures on your site load fast (100-300Kb is recommended)

I’ve used most of these to “pimp” my blog so be sure to apply them to yours too! They’ll help not only with appearance but traffic as well!

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Coming Home

12 Mar

This weekend I got the chance to return home to my small town. Coming home gave me an entirely new perspective on where I come from. Growing up I took for granted all the great things that the country life has to offer, but after having left I’ve realized how blessed I was to be raised away from the big city world.

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Perhaps my favorite thing about being home is just the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere. I love the cool country breeze and the sun filled sky. Living in the city makes it hard to really appreciate the beauty God put in the sky at night. It is hard to see the beautiful stars that fill the sky when  street and city lights illuminate the sky instead. The stars are one of the most beautiful things that God created and I had missed being able to see them every night.

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So many people take for granted the freedom that living in the country allows you to have. My first day of spring break I got to practice shooting my gun, which is something I’m not able to do while going to college in the city. I also got to finally ride fourwheelers with my friends again. Getting to go mudding with my best friend in the corn fields was a great way to relieve the stress of school.

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I’ve also gotten to share my newly found passion for agriculture with all my friends and family back home. I’ve gotten to share with them stories from Phoenix, where I attended the National Farmers and Ranchers Convention, and from Tan-Tara, where I attended the State YF&R Conference. Being able to bring home and share my love for agriculture has given me even more opportunities to agvocate for the industry that I love.

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“It’s an ag thing”

24 Feb

“It’s an ag thing”

I’ve found myself saying this phrase now more than I ever have! People tend to ask me questions about the way I see things or the way I talk about things, to which I usually answer with this phrase.

The other day I was at Wal-Mart and while waiting in line I started talking to this man. He shared his stories of travel and his life. He asked what I was doing and I told him I was attending school pursing a degree in agriculture. When I told him this he got a spark of interest in his eye. He began to tell me all about the dairy operation that he had grown up on, elaborating on how different the dairy business is now than it was when he was growing up. He talked about the way they milked back then and compared those practices to now. I was loving every minute of it! I just stood quietly and soaked up every bit of knowledge I could. My favorite part of our conversation was when he started telling me about the cattle. He said growing up those cows were his life, the passion in his voice was unmistakeable. That’s the thing most people don’t understand, our livestock are our lives, to most they’re even part of the family. Farmers have so much love for their animals, their livestock isn’t just a way to make a living, their cows, pigs, sheep ect. are these farmers lives. Our conversation wrapped up as he was checking out, but being able to talk about agriculture with a complete stranger had made my day.

I was telling the story to one of my friends and she just couldn’t understand why I had been so excited about a simple conversation with someone I didn’t even know! I tried explaining to her but she just couldn’t understand. So I just settled and said, “It’s an ag thing.”

I believe in agriculture we’re blessed to share such a connection with people who share our same passion. I know that there are other fields who most likely share passion with others for what they do, but I feel like in agriculture we’re all one family working to provide for our country and the world. We’re connected by our love for what we do.

Most people don’t understand why farmers or ranchers wake up before the sun and don’t come home until it has gone down. But I guess the passion that we as agriculturalist share is “just an ag thing.”

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Farming Awesome

18 Feb

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This is a video we had to do over the importance of farming in my PR in agriculture class. It includes our parody to Maclemore’s “Thrift Shop” Hopefully this silly video enlightens you a little bit!