And Then, it Hits You

“How do you know if a farmer is good?

If he is out-standing in his field!”

This simple joke was told during my speech class today to lighten the mood for the next person giving their presentation. However not only did it lighten the mood in the room, it enlightened me. It hit me that, this simple joke was one of the truest judgment calls I had heard about farmers in a long time. The setting may have been unique and the people may have been random, but it finally hit me. I could do some good in writing this blog.

Why have a blog if not to tell a story, and what better story to tell than yours? There are many people in the world of agriculture who have stories/ lives that to them may seem traditional, over-told, and old. But in today’s world that tradition is being threatened, and others are telling the story of agriculture, for you, and they are using negative perspectives, unreliable information and honestly couldn’t be more removed from the farm! A good farmer is out working in his/her fields, out in the pastures and barns, and with their livestock or crops. But this is a calling, for you to come in for the day, and asking you to sit down at the computer and share.

I started this blog for a class called Agriculture Public Relations.  We are learning how to share information with the world in a positive, respectful and purposeful way. So far in exploring the world of blogging the coolest thing I have discovered is the networking. Agriculturists everywhere, are getting online and they are spreading the word about the industry they love. Facebook, Word Press, Twitter, Google +, YouTube, and LinkedIn, are just some of the channels these ordinary people are using to get their voices heard.

You are a good farmer if you spend your time in the field, but you could be a great farmer by coming inside and sharing your passions with others online.

About Me

farmgirl raised

Past:

My name is Alyssa Cassidy and I grew up on a small farm outside of Columbia, Missouri. On my family farm we grow corn, soybeans, pumpkins, and we also have a few quarter horses. My mother is a schoolteacher, my father works for Missouri Farm Bureau and I have two sisters. I grew up in a small rural community where it was not uncommon to get stuck constantly behind a tractor on our roads.

Throughout my childhood I was around agriculture, I took it for granted that every little girl got to see cows, cornfields and tractors at least once a day. However it wasn’t until I started high school and I became a member of my local FFA Chapter, that I started to understand the agriculture industry and the reality that the life I lived was uncommon and unknown to many people throughout the United States. It was during my high school career that I found a passion for agriculture, and I intend to follow it for the rest of my life.

Present:

As I mentioned I followed my passion, to Missouri State University and their Department of Agriculture. I am a freshmen majoring in Agriculture Business, with plans to obtain my masters in viticulture. Now just starting my second semester of college I am happy to be a member of the Sigma Kappa Greek Sorority, Centennial Leaders Scholarship Program, Colligate Farm Bureau, and Colligate FFA.

Future:

My future goals are to graduate will a degree in Agriculture Business, and a masters in Viticulture. After graduating I would like to travel around the world to different vineyards and wineries to learn more about the global wine and grape industry. Then finally my plans are to come back to the U.S. and start my own wine and grape production in a small community. When here I would like to create an agriculture tourism program and teach people about the industry I love.

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