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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.

Top 3

  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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National Ag Day

19 Mar

Happy National Ag Day!!

It is days like today that make me so proud to be apart of the agriculture industry! I absolutely love seeing people come together and rally around agriculture. Social media has made it so much easier to see all the ag support and is a great tool for agvocating. I’ve been tweeting about agriculture all day, made a facebook post, and i intend on instagraming an agriculture related photo. People need to know where their food comes from now more than ever with the agriculture industry under attack. In order to celebrate the day I’ve decided to share fun agriculture facts with all my friends, and share my passion for agriculture.

Here’s my Top 10 List

(from American Farm Bureau)

1. Farm and ranch families comprise just 2 percent of the U.S. population.

2. Today’s farmers produce 262 percent more food with 2 percent fewer inputs (labor, seeds, feed, fertilizer, etc.), compared with 1950.

3. In 2010, $115 billion worth of American agricultural products were exported around the world. The United States sells more food and fiber to world markets than we import, creating a positive agricultural trade balance.

4. Americans enjoy a food supply that abundant, affordable overall and among the world’s safest, thanks in large part to the efficiency and productivity of America’s farm and ranch families.

5. The average farmer feeds about 155 people

6. Of the 2.2 million farms in the United States, 87% are owned by an individual or a married couple (agweb.com)

(the following are from farmflavor.com)

7. The average dairy cow produces seven gallons of milk a day, 2,100 pounds of milk a month, and 46,000 glasses of milk a year

8. One pound of wool can make 10 miles of yarn. There are 150 yards (450 feet) of wool yarn in a baseball

9. Soybeans are an important ingredient for the production of crayons. In fact, one acre of soybeans can produce 82,368 crayons

10. Pork is the most widely eaten meat in the world.

Agriculture is so important to so many people! I encourage all of you to spread the ag love and share the greatness of agriculture not just today, but every day!

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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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#FarmVoices

2 Mar

“we are young, we are capable, we will farm on!”

This video above popped on my Twitter timeline the other day. After watching it, I was inspired. It is so true that the youth in agriculture are the ones who need to unite and stand behind the values past agriculturalists have held. The future of this industry is in our hands, in just a little while we will be taking up the farms of our families. We as young farmers and ranchers need to remember to share our story with everyone. It is not enough to just feed and farm. We as agriculturalists need to spread the word! Agriculture is the backbone of our nation and it is time that everyone realizes it. If we don’t stand up ourselves, no one will. If we don’t tell the world our story, someone else will and I know it won’t be the accurate one. On Earth Day (April 22) they are encouraging people to take pictures and share their story via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, ect. and hashtag it with #FarmVoices so the world will hear what we have to say. I encourage you all do this, it is a great way to show the positive side of agriculture. Who knows maybe we could even get #FarmVoices trending!

“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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YouTube Sensations

18 Feb

 

 

 

I absolutely love seeing videos like this and honestly I think there needs to be many more! It takes humor to get peoples attention and make them listen. These people to an excellent job of promoting agriculture in a positive and entertaining way!