Thank you FARMnWIFE

Lessons Learned 

A big thank you to Judi Graff, also know as FARMnWIFE, for speaking to my Agriculture Public Relations class yesterday!

For those of you who do not know about FARMnWIFE I really encourage you to check out her blog! It has a ton of helpful hints about how to blog and also includes her personal farm stories.


My assignment this week for class is to blog about the top 3 most helpful/interesting things Judi Graff taught us. So here we go…

1) An interesting thing I learned was how and why FARMnWIFE got started and why she is continuing to blog.

– Judi started her blog because she wanted to share pictures of her children showing animals at their county fair for 4H.

– Judi believes in preserving the story of her farm so that her children and grandchildren will know all the struggles the family farm has overcome. (Judi Graff was not born or raised on a farm, she married into farming)

-Judi continues to blog now because she wants to help others record the stories of their farms and also she helps agriculture businesses become more successful by using a blog. She also continues to preserve her own story.

2) A great tool FARMnWIFE taught our class about was how to create a contact page.

-This is a REALLY great tool for an agriculture business because the contact page allows the customers to get in touch with the company and ask questions they might not be comfortable asking online. ALSO this allows bloggers to see that there is a person behind the blog who is willing to build connections with customers and potential customers.

– I chose not to put a contact page on my blog just for the simple fact that I am  just telling a story. I am not in an official position therefore I will stay online and present to create conversations on my blog.


– Just a simple picture and a short about me was something I added after learning how and why I should from FARMnWIFE.

– I love this because now those who visit my blog can see ME right on the top of the page. Everyone can see  atypicalaggie really is real!!


National Agriculture Day !

“Without you we wouldn’t have a table.”


Happy National Agriculture Day everyone! Today I wanted to share a great video made by They are an organization that is all about promoting a positive voice for agriculturalists and showing others what farmers really do for people here in American and all around the world.

Please enjoy this video and hopefully it makes for think about where your food comes from and I also hope you get the sudden urge to THANK A FARMER!!

Thank You, America’s Farmers


Thank You to Farmers!!

Thank You to Farmers!!

Farm Life

Today I wold like to blog about the benefits to growing up on a farm, and how it has contributed to the person I am today.

I was raised on a farm about 15 minutes from the closest town and 30 minutes from an actual city. All my life I was able to enjoy the many wonderful things about living in a rural community; no neighbors within walking distance, plenty of open space to run around in, animals to play with, and stars to light up the sky at night.

But I will have to say the greatest thing about living on a farm would be the strong family bonds that are created. My family is the center of my world and I owe all my successes in life to the support that comes from home. Now living in a college dorm in the middle of a busy city I have come to appreciate all the lessons I learned on the farm and can say they have made me into the individual I am today.

I am going to list the five most important things living on a farm has given me, and feel free to comment on any one of them.

1) Love

My ability to love was shaped on the farm. I got to experience the love between a family, the love between humans and animals, and the love within a community.

2) Passion

My passion for agriculture started on the farm and has now grown to include many different types of agriculture. Such as production agriculture, industrial agriculture, crop agriculture, agricultural communications, and many agricultural organizations.

3) Room to Grow

On a farm mistakes are going to happen. When growing up in life mistakes are going to happen, but on a farm the mistakes can turn into life lessons.

4) A Home

My farm is my home, and the people and animals are my family. They are what is familiar, what is comforting and what I am proud of.

5) Way of Life

Farming is not just a way of life for the farmer, but for all of us. Everyone who eats, wears clothes, gets gas,  and has a home. Without those who farm, we would al be in trouble.


These were just a few main points that I will be expanding on in the near future, so stay tuned if you are interested in hearing the real details!

National Rituals Week

Sigma Kappa Sorority 

I am a proud member of the Sigma Kappa Greek Sorority here at Missouri State University.

This sisterhood means the world to me and I couldn’t be more proud of all the amazing women that make up our Delta Upsilon Chapter.

This blog post is for them, the Greek society and for anyone who shares and believes in the following values.

Happy National Rituals Week!!


Please start off the week simply:

  • Act with love in all we think, say and do.
  • Be elder sisters and set a good example.
  • Cherish and hold lovingly in your heart our Sorority, our friendship, our sisterhood.
  • Do the best you can with what you have. You are enough just as you are. You don’t have to prove anything to anyone else…or even yourself.
  • Founders Rule. If our founders were there to see you, would she be proud? Do the right thing.
  • Guidelines. At all times. Even as alumnae we need to remember that we have pledged to follow the guidelines. It certainly doesn’t mean we like them or even that we agree with them, just that we will follow them. If we don’t like them, we can work to help change them.
  • Look inward first. Ed King, in Secret Thoughts of a Ritual said, “Because I am a system of values I am therefore an instrument of self-evaluation.”
  • Love all our sisters. “We are not in a sorority to decide whom we can like; one of the things we are here for is to love the friends of our friends. If a candidate is dear to a sister that fact should make us desire her if we can. If it does not the fault may be in us, not in her.” (Stella Perry, 1913)
  • Remember that we have two ears to listen and one mouth to speak. We don’t always have to be the one with the answers. Sometimes, those who speak least are deemed wisest.
  • Serve with humility, which isn’t the same as martyrdom (exaggerated suffering).
  • Stand up for yourself. People can’t walk over you like a welcome mat unless you lie down.
  • Use the values and teachings from our Ritual in all your personal relationships to help understand others and be more productive.
  • Treat others the way you want to be treated and treat yourself the way your Sigma Kappa sisters would treat you.

My beautiful mother and I sharing a day together with my sorority sister and their moms!


This is a picture from Bid Day. This day that I was invited to become a member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority!

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