Optimism

The Story of Two Brothers

This story was told to me during my Agricultural Selling class by Professor Rodger Fent and I love it so much I can’t help but share it. It is the story of two brothers, the youngest being an optimist and the older being a pessimist.

It’s Christmas morning and the two brothers rush downstairs to the Christmas tree to see what gifts Santa had delivered during the night. The oldest brother gets to his present first and finds a brand new bike with all the latest gadgets. This brother grabs the bike and starts kicking it saying, “It’s purple and I HATE purple.”

The youngest boy has been waiting patiently but finally asks his parents where his present from Santa is. Their response is that it is back up at the top of the stairs waiting for him. The youngest boy runs up the stairs and discovers a large refrigerator box, and when he opens it up he finds that it is completely full of manure.

Without hesitating the youngest boy dove into the box. He was flailing around inside of it when his parents finally got to the top of the stairs and yelled, “What are you doing?!”

The boy’s response was simple, “With all this manure there’s just got to be a pony somewhere!!”

I chose to share this story on my blog because I think it is a humorous and fun way to remind others that it is always our choice whether to be blinded by the bad or to search for the good. As for my opinion I believe to never stop looking for the good, and to always put things into perspective.

Reminder

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I saw this picture today on Pinterest and couldn’t help but post it here on my blog. It’s just a reminder that instead of getting mad at others for what they are saying, step back and take the time to tell the right story. Your Story.

Farming Video- Hangman Style

Farming Hangman

 

 

This video was part of an assignment for my agriculture public relations class. Our job was to create an impromptu, three minute video on why farming is important. I know it is a little rough, but the facts are what’s important. Enjoy!

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Guest Speakers Present on Social Media  

On February 6, during my agriculture public relations class we got an inside look in how social media is affecting today’s business world. The two guest speakers we had the privilege of hosting were Lynzee Glass, managing editor for Ozarks Farm & Neighbor and Christy Diebold from Springfield Leather Company.

Ozarks Farm & Neighbor

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1. The Ozarks Farm & Neighbor is a farm newspaper that is trying to survive in a wireless world . They decided that in order to continue their success they would have to make an appearance on the web and ultimately joined Facebook. The main reasons they joined Facebook were to reach younger audiences, keep their name out there, and the perks of getting immediate feedback.

2. The biggest challenge for the newspaper has been incorporating social media into the publication as well as on their webpage. It has been a struggle to try and find ways to get Facebook users to the Ozark Farm & Neighbor website so they could generate income.

3. A surprising fact was that the newspaper had been on Facebook since 2009 but in that year the staff had only posted four times. It wasn’t until Lynzee Glass saw the potential and the need for using Facebook constructively that the newspaper was able to generate almost 1,000 Likes.

Springfield Leather Company

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Christy Diebold is actually a teachers assistance for my Ag PR class and gave a presentation on what she was able to do for her company with the skills she learned from this class.

4. A fun fact about the Springfield Leather Company is they have a dog friendly store and usually have 5 Chihuahuas running around.

5. Also something very neat about the Springfield Leather Company is it is family owned and operated.

Both of these businesses are operated by hard working agriculturists! Please visit their websites and Like them on Facebook if you find the time.

 

#2013JNLC

Young Farmers & Ranchers National Conference 

Who: Missouri State Collegiate Farm Bureau Chapter

Where: Phoenix, Arizona

When:February 7th-11th 2013

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Olivia and myself arriving in Phoenix

Getting off the plane in Phoenix, Arizona two days ago can only be described by one word, relief. Arriving at the JW Marriott Resort fueled the excitement I could feel running through my body. Picture sun, sand, palm trees, and a lazy river, this resort is beautiful. Having gotten to the conference two days early I have been enjoying warm sunshine, shopping and good company. But until today I didn’t realize how the resort was just hosting the actual good stuff… approximately 700 young farmers and ranchers have come together to create change.

The conference officially kicked off this morning with the President of American Farm Bureau stating,

“We have fewer numbers. That wont make us less relevant but we will have to work harder.”

This statement set the tone for the rest of the day, the Marriott’s ballrooms were then filled with agriculturists taking part in sessions put on by American Farm Bureau. The two sessions I was able to attend focused on the 2013 Farm Bill, and social media. I was BLOWN away by the presentations as well as the conversations happening around the room. Not only was I learning about what i could do in my local home state but I got to hear about what other agriculturists were doing around the nation.

It is safe to safe that I am inspired and in awe of the American Famers and Ranchers taking part in this amazing conference. I feel very blessed to be able to call myself one of them.

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Missouri State Collegiate Farm Bureau Chapter with AFB President Bob Stallman

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