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 AmericanFarmers.com. 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!!

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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!!

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

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

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!

5 Fun Facts

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.

 

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