Monthly Archives: March 2013

2013 National Ag Day

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I like food. It’s plain and simple really. It tastes good. It fills my belly.

Yet, that’s not the only reason why I reblogged a ton of posts today regarding National Ag Day today. I wanted people to hear the stories from other bloggers I follow about what National Ag Day means to them. Why? Because they are all involved in Ag, whether it’s farming, ranching, media, etc.

Agriculture effects your life every day whether you take the time to notice it or not. That’s 365 days, not just one, like today. National Ag Day should be thought of like Valentine’s Day, don’t just show your love on one day but all year! And that’s what all of my blogger friends do. And I hope to be able to do more of.

Why? Because I too love Ag! I’ve had a passion for it since I was a kid (see post here) and want to be even more involved with it now. With the inspiration from my blogger friends I want to know more about my food sources. Know more about who supplies it, how its made, where, etc. And SHARE it!

Consumers (that’s all of us) don’t take the time to check into what we put into our bodies anymore. And we BELIEVE anything the news or internet tells us. Why believe what other people say? Why not find out for yourself?

So take this National Ag Day as a challenge. Challenge yourself to invest in YOU. Find a local farmer/rancher and ask questions, get to know them and what they supply.

Below are the blogs that I reblogged today, check them out as well and ask them questions! Pretty soon, you might just get the bug yourself to start a garden, raise pigs, raise chickens, become a part of an adult 4H…the possibilities are endless!

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National Ag Day — Retirees Finding Success as Four Country Gals

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Today’s Ag Day Post is by “The Four Country Gals” began farming their 9.6 acre property in 2007. In six short years, they have developed a sustainable farm on the SW Utah high desert. All four are retired from very stressful careers and find the business of both produce farming and small animal wrangling to be both fun and exciting. They earned their “shepherd’s” mantle last year, having had it bestowed upon them by a neighboring sheep herder, who had been mentoring them for five years. Now the Four Country Gals are mentoring two other new farmers in the area.

Four Country GalsWhat’s windy, dusty, abused, short on water, and fairly isolated?  It’s where you’ll find us, the Four Country Gals, tending our little flock of sheep, tiny herd of goats, and a couple thousand square feet of garden.

Yeah, we’re small, but we’re awesome.

Over the past eight years, we’ve taken our little piece of “paradise”…

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Ag Day Celebrating Agriculture From California to North Dakota

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Jenny & her Sunflower FarmerJenny Dewey is a country girl at heart. Born and raised in Northern California and growing up in her parent’s butcher shop and deli, agriculture has always been a part of her life. She recently followed her heart to North Dakota where she is now engaged to a sunflower farmer and works at his ag supply business. Besides spending time with her farmer, Jenny loves to take photos with her DSLR, the challenges of bringing culture to the prairie through a variety of culinary creations, and using her interior design degree to flip their bachelor pad into a home. 

Last year I wrote about how I was Ag Proud to be part of my parent’s local butcher shop and deli and in fact, I still am. That will never change, the passion I have for the meat industry is in my blood. But this year I have a whole new…

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Adult 4-H: The Hog Slaughter Appointment

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WARNING! This might be considered by some to be gross, inappropriate, or tragic, but I think it is extremely important share the how’s, what’s and why’s of our food. If you have any questions about anything you see please ask – I love to share about the ranch.

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As I shared with you before, our hogs have been slaughtered. That was the whole reason we bought the hogs, to eat them. They were not pets. We never planned on keeping them. They would not have existed at all if they did not perform this function. I chose this particular breed of hog because it is a critically endangered heritage hog. I wanted to use this blog to hopefully encourage other producers and ranchers to investigate the red wattle, tamworth, or hereford hog, to raise! And since I know that happened, I feel really happy about this whole project!

I…

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Agriculture Proud – It all started on National Ag Day

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3 years! Can you believe it? Prior to National Ag Day 2010, I was involved in social media and advocating for the agriculture industry, but I had yet to really find my spot. That all changed with one tweet. I posted my response on the Working Ranch magazine blog I was writing at the time and received far more response than I could have ever imagined. That planted the seed for this blog and the I am Agriculture Proud theme I use across several Social Media platforms.

Why are YOU Agriculture Proud?

earth day we will farm on flyerI feel it appropriate to share those original thoughts on National Agriculture Day 2013 and encourage you to do the same.

Here’s the original Agriculture Proud blog post from 2010:

It is National Agriculture Day! Did you thank a farmer and rancher for their hard work to produce the food that ends up on your plate? If not…

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National Agriculture Day Through the Eyes of Farm Bloggers

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Naitonal Ag Day 2013Today is National Agriculture Day. the one day of the year when Congress encourages everyone to  stop and think about agriculture.

We are thinking  about all the people involved in agriculture and all of the things they are accomplishing!

  • Farmers who are producing food for their families and a few neighbors as well as the farmers whose crops are sold on the larger market.
  • The many people who work in co-ops and farm supply stores, providing important services and products for farmers regardless of the production practices employed.
  • Employees at grain elevators, cotton gins, distribution centers, barges, trucking companies and more are ensuring grain, fiber, fruits and vegetables continue to move through the system.
  • People are buying and selling products to fill the shelves at the local market or to deliver critical food aid to a country in crisis.

What is their day like? And what are they thinking about as…

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