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“Our Ag Story, What’s Yours?”

30 Jan

img_7366A few weeks ago I wrote about how my “business attire” wardrobe may not be as extensive as my non-farmer friends.  Considering as farmers, Shelly Davis and I both wore the same EXACT outfits as the last time we dressed up together…oops!  But the I have to say I really enjoyed everything from the prep for this talk to the actual end result of our keynote for the Dunn Carney Ag Summit entitled, “Our Ag Story, What’s Yours?”.

Shelly shared our transcript on her blog last week, so if you’re interested please click here, or head over to Daughter of a Trucker’s blog to see what we said.

If you’re more of a video type, I have uploaded from Facebook live onto YouTube our keynote.  It’s not great audio, and it is in two parts because the WiFi was being funky.  So if you are patient and you have a low tolerance for video quality, the message is still (in my humble opinion) top notch and spot on!

Part One….

Part Two…

I’ll leave you with this last thought from Shelly,

“The point is advocating on behalf of the entire agriculture industry can be exhausting and take up too much time.  You do it, I do it, we do it because it benefits us, our farm, and more importantly our future farm.”

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Mom Days

27 Jan

As a mom of young little men, 2 & 1…I am glad that I get to stay home one day a week with them and just be a mom.  While this isn’t really the case because cells phones make it impossible (in good ways and bad) to be completely disconnected from the farm, I truly enjoy that mid-week time that we get to hang out.

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Yesterday it wasn’t raining and made for a great day to get outside and play!  Auggie is getting to be quite the walker (soon to be runner!) and Hoot just finds adventure at every turn! final-38final-39final-41 Yesterday was just one of those great days.  One that I know I’ll look back on and miss once the boys are jumping on a school bus in the morning, or worse yet jumping in their car and driving to school (heaven forbid!).final-40

It’s not always easy to find balance between farming, raising crops…raising kids, disciplining, loving, and generally feeling totally at ease with how life is going, actually if I were to be honest here I know I’m not alone in saying, for me it’s a struggle.  But there are moments, and yesterday was one that I felt like we were in a good place.  I got to do some soaking in of those small boys just being boys.  We made some memories and man was it nice!

Happy Friday everyone!

Ask A Farmer at the Smithsonian

23 Jan

It was a LONG time ago that dad and I took off for a very quick (less than 36 hr) trip back to Washington DC to speak at the Smithsonian Museum for Ask a Farmer.  It was for the US Farmer and Rancher Alliance event, discussing food through history!  And here…finally I have the video from that day!

The panel was all about generational farming.  I was lucky to sit on the stage with a group of awesome farmers!  Check it out if you have time!  And feel free to share so more people can hear from some of us long time generational farmers!

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