Dear Farmer,

Dear Farmer,

I love what you do, but we need to talk.

I know that you work long hours and do grueling hard work.

I know that you tend to crops or care for animals. Perhaps even both.

I know that you get to experience the joy of life and the finality of death which both are sobering – even after you’ve given it everything you have.

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The “Ag Colored Glasses Phenomenon” complete with Mean Girls References

Are you suffering from the “Ag Colored” glasses phenomenon? It can be very common.

Ag colored glasses phenomenon

In May I had the awesome opportunity to travel to California and Missouri. On the way home I had a layover in the Phoenix International Airport (one of the ten busiest in the U.S. might I add). I walked briskly off the plane determined to find something delicious before flying back home and it was about a twenty five minute walk to get to my correct terminal. This is pretty normal for most airports that don’t offer a skyrail like DFW. But for nearly a half hour my sole purpose was to eat. I’m not ashamed of this – I plan my life around eating. I love food and it is a priority. I was feeling pretty schnazzy in my business dress from a conference earlier that day (it was even knee length might I add) though I was constantly grappling with balancing my backpack and camera bag. Long story short I started feeling a draft after a few minutes and ignored it. Before I knew what happened I had flashed the entire airport. My dress had ridden up and some of the 100,000 people who spend time in the Phoenix International Airport each day had seen my cute pair of underwear.

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Beef Up Your Youth Presentation! (complete with lesson plans)

This morning I gave a few youth beef presentations at East Picacho Middle School, and it was awesome! I was incredibly nervous but I’d spent a few hours putting it together so being prepared certainly helped. The kids were darling. Lots of energy! I worked with two groups of second and third graders.

(FOR LESSON PLANS FROM THE PRESENTATION BE SURE TO SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM)

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Why Agvocates have job security

Some don’t realize that there is a need for agricultural agvocates but for anyone whose wondering there certainly is. For anyone who is concerned about job security this post should put your mind at ease. So, why do we have job security? (in my opinion)

Some don’t realize that there is a need for agricultural agvocates but for anyone whose wondering there certainly is. For anyone who is concerned about job security this post should put your mind at ease. So, why do we have job security? (in my opinion)

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How do I even Agvocate?

This was always a source of contention for me and I’m still learning how to be an agvocate. I learn more every day but it’s really not that hard, I promise.

This was always a source of contention for me and I’m still learning how to be an agvocate. I learn more every day but it’s really not that hard, I promise.
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#AgChatCC15 To – Do List

This post is the first of many about my experience at the Ag Chat Collegiate Congress in Indianapolis – and can I just say – It was awesome!!! I met so many new people, made so many connections and learned a TON! So much that my brain still hurts a little bit and I haven’t gone through my notes in detail just yet. Yes I took notes. These images are a “to-do list” if you will of little pieces of information that all advocates for agriculture can implement into our lives and learn from. Like I said I haven’t really dug into everything quite yet. The more profound stuff will come a little later. I felt that this could serve as a quick and dirty outline of the basics and hopefully help out everyone else who hasn’t had the opportunity to browse their notes:)

So….I’ve been kind of busy. Okay, really busy. But I finally had the time to work on my blog today (as we got snow). Yes, real snow. Like a few inches. Anyhow I’ll address that in a separate post. This one is the first of many about my experience at the Ag Chat Collegiate Congress in Indianapolis – and can I just say – It was awesome!!! I met so many new people, made so many connections and learned a TON! So much that my brain still hurts a little bit and I haven’t gone through my notes in detail just yet. Yes I took notes. These images are a “to-do list” if you will of  little pieces of information that all advocates for agriculture can implement into our lives and learn from. Like I said I haven’t really dug into everything quite yet. The more profound stuff will come a little later. I felt that this could serve as a quick and dirty outline of the basics and hopefully help out everyone else who hasn’t had the opportunity to browse their notes:)

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Michelle Payne-Knoper

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Some thoughts on Starting a Blog about Agriculture

I’m not an expert blogger. But, I do have some experiences I would like to share with those who are thinking they might want to blog about agriculture (or I guess any other topics really). This is what I’ve taken away from my path to starting Dare to Cultivate and my former blog. Hopefully my hours and mistakes will save you some time, money and self doubt!

AgChat logo from http://agchat.org/
AgChat logo from http://agchat.org/

Yesterday evening I participated in #AgChat which is a conversation on Twitter for anyone interested in being a part/is a part of the agriculture community. It takes place every Tuesday from 8 PM to 10 PM ET and is always quite inspiring. A moderator guides agvocates toward productive conversation and a series of questions is posed by the AgChat Foundation. For those interested about the food side of things there is also a #FoodChat. Last night most of the questions surrounded resolutions (of course to help bring in the new year) and also about advice for new agvocates. So, here’s the deal: I’m not an expert blogger. But, I do have some experiences I would like to share with those who are thinking they might want to blog about agriculture (or I guess any other topics really). This is what I’ve taken away from my path to starting Dare to Cultivate and my former blog. Hopefully my hours and mistakes will save you some time, money and self doubt!  Continue reading “Some thoughts on Starting a Blog about Agriculture”