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.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Midwestern Sass
    Feb 02, 2013 @ 16:40:04

    I completely agree with this. I think that the biggest problem with American citizens and agriculture is that they are simply uninformed. That quote is enlightening. It helps demonstrate the truth in agriculture through a casual joke. I think that people involved in agriculture should talk about it. When they don’t PETA and HSUS like to tell the story and it is not the correct story and is misinformation to all the rest of the world. It is important for agriculturalists to tell their story for themselves, the truth, the real story.


  2. photographicfarmgirl
    Feb 20, 2013 @ 05:58:15

    I like the idea of farmers blogging and telling there story, I totally agree with that. What I really agree with is that other people is telling the story of the farmer. The wrong people are telling the wrong story. Farmers need to be heard but the people need to here the real story.


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