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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.

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Chuck Zimmerman -AgWired

29 Apr

Wednesday in my Public Relations in Agriculture class, we got the opportunity to talk with Chuck Zimmerman, the founder of ag wired, via skype. Zimmerman started his career by doing farm radio for Brownfield Ag News. After leaving Brownfield he started doing social media. He started a blog called AgWired to talk about agriculture. Zimmerman was one of the first to start an agriculture related blog. Though it started out as companies websites, it soon became a source to the public for ag related news. Communication in agriculture is constantly changing, Zimmerman started in radio where he would only be able to do 3 minute interviews, but is now able to produce more audio than ever. He can put full length interviews online for everyone to listen to. By posting news and things on the AgWired website it allows other agriculture people to use what they’ve posted. At the start of Ag Wired no companies wouldn’t pay attention to him, but they soon realized his business was taking off. Zimmerman now manages 4 websites that generate income. Zimmerman adapted to the changing times by continuing to keep up with the times. Agriculture communications is a constantly changing business and I believe that it will continue to change in the future. I believe that more and more farmers will turn to social media and blogging to tell their stories. I believe that more and more farming apps will be created and farming will eventually become a very technologically advanced practice.

Check out the AgWired website! http://www.agwired.com

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Misconceptions of Agriculture Part 1:

16 Apr

Misconceptions:

Part 1

1. MYTH: Farming is mostly controlled by large organizations

FACT: According to FarmKind.org and USDA NASS “Of the 2.2 million farms in the U.S., 87% are owned by an individual or a married couple responsible for operating the farm. 97% of U.S. farms are family-owned and operated, according to the USDA. The USDA reported only 7,000 non-family controlled corporate farms in the U.S.

2. MYTH: Farm animals that are raised in “factory farms” are abused and confined.

FACT: According to  the Merriam-Webster dictionary’s website, factory farming is defined as “a large industrialized farm; especially : a farm on which large numbers of livestock are raised indoors in conditions intended to maximize production at minimal cost” The problem is that people misuse this word all the time giving the term a negative feeling. This definition is so broad. Isn’t the goal of all farms to maximize production at minimal cost? A farmer could have a 100 head of cattle and someone could say that is “large” but to others it may just be a normal size

3. MYTH: By eating less meat, Americans would improve the environment and free land and resources for the production of food crops rather than animal products, which could be used to feed the hungry overseas.(Misconception and Fact provided by Animal Agriculture Alliance)

-FACT:  Americans need both animals and plants to manage the nation’s natural resources in the best way possible and feed its people. For example, about half the land area of the U.S. can’t be used for growing crops, it can only be used for grazing. That land would be useless as a food resource.

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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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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!

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So God Made a Farmer…

4 Feb

As I sat around the TV on Sunday like most of the country I was glued to the screen as soon as the commercials came on. While there were a lot of good ones this year, Dodge’s was by far the best. When I heard Paul Harvey’s voice come on I was intrigued, but as soon as I realized it was about farmers I got very excited. Since yesterday, I’ve watched that commercial 5 times, and every time the impact is just as big. The combination of a radio icon like Paul Harvey and the simpleness of this commercial drives home the importance of farmers in our world today. As I checked my twitter timeline and Facebook feed I realized how differently people were reacting. While those who came from rural towns like mine praised it in adoration, those who came from urban backgrounds complained that it was “boring and stupid”. It just showed me how different people can interpret things based on where they are from.

Personally I loved the commercial I thought it was an excellent way to get agriculture attention in the media, and Dodge did an excellent job of promoting it in a positive light. Perhaps my favorite part though is when the pictures of the little girl in the field and the son wanting to take over his father’s farm. It drives home the fact that farming isn’t just an occupation, or a way to make money. These farmers love what they do and love providing food for the world that they live in. They often work more than they get paid and make personal sacrifices in order to do what they love. Farming isn’t just plowing fields and raking hay, it is a passion that burns within each person who works the farm.These men, women, and even children give up their time and effort to provide the world with food to eat. But how does the world repay them? Many accuse these amazing men and women of being cruel to their animals. The farmer is feeding more today than ever and is being repaid with lawsuits and false accusations. The farmer is a rare and special breed. I guarantee most of the people fighting to end animal agriculture wouldn’t survive a day on the farm. These people who are attacking agriculture and farmers know nothing of the hard work and passion that is in each farmer.

I was astounded to read posts mocking Dodge’s commercial saying, “God needed a boring Super Bowl commercial, so God made a farmer” the only thing that I could think was, do these people have any idea where the food they are eating right now came from? Do they realize those chips, wings, hotdogs, ect. wouldn’t be possible without a farmer. Do they realize the agriculture industry employs about 22 million people? (agday.org) Most people do not understand the vast impact that agriculture has on society, and it is these people who are telling the story of agriculture for us.

This commercial was a huge step in telling the beautiful story of the farmer and I applaud Dodge for their work. However, its only the beginning. Things like this need to be seen by people daily. Agriculture should be constantly seen in everyday life. Just like the work of a farmer, our agvocating is never finished, there is always more people to tell, and more knowledge to be learned.

“It had to be somebody who’d plow deep and straight and not cut corners. Somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed, and brake, and disk, and plow, and plant, and tie the fleece and strain the milk, . Somebody who’d bale a family together with the soft, strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh, and then sigh and then reply with smiling eyes when his son says that he wants to spend his life doing what Dad does. “So God made a farmer.” -Paul Harvey