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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.

Video gone Viral

16 Apr

I was recently scrolling through my facebook timeline when I came across a video that had been shared by one of my facebook friends. Her comment above the video was, “Oh my gosh… I’m going vegan.” I chose to watch the video and it was honestly appalling. I was outraged that this kind of thing is going viral. It has 6,872 likes on facebook and over 96,000 shares. These are the people we’re letting tell our story?  I went on to investigate more into this video which from the comments is a lot more than most viewers did. When I googled this video I was directed to a website entitled meat.org a website ran by “peta2” I dug a little deeper and found the mission statement of this group. Their mission statement: “We believe that it’s wrong to hurt animals. They aren’t dinner or clothing or anything else for us to use—they’re individuals who can feel pain and suffer, just like us. YOU hold the power to make a huge difference for them, and we’re here to help you every step of the way. Free for all!”  These are the people we’re letting the world believe. This group is targeting the youth of our country, they claim in their “about me” to be “the largest youth animal rights group in the world.” The more posts I read from them the more frustrating it got.  Because of this video I’ve decided to dedicate the next couple of blog posts I do to the misconceptions of agriculture.

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.

“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!

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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!