I recently came across these videos on AG Web called Why I Farm and they had a similar affect on me as last years Dodge commercial narrated by the late Paul Harvey did. Granted I grew up and hunted very near to where Paul Harvey lived in his final years so that intrigued me more than the average person during that commercial but I thought that the content was also very good and it has gotten a lot of attention and advertisement for Dodge. These videos although on a small scale of viewers compared that is doing much the same thing for Becks Hybrids who produced them and shows the real feelings that many farmers have. The video provided me with a little stronger connection because he describes how in the first part of his adult life he did not work on the family farm because of the amount of people that it could support was limited much like my fathers contracting business is in my life right now. However he has professional career and has eventually returned to what he loves which is farming. These are very good videos put out by Becks Hybrids and if you get a chance check a few out here is a link to one of them.
With the recent government shutdown many are urging Congressman John Boehner and the rest of the Republican party raise the debt ceiling and pass Obama care. I am glad that they are final standing up to President Obama and the Democratic party. The overspending by the United State government has gone on for two long, it is time that we cut spending and ultimately attempt to lower this countries debt so that we can become not only a military power house up also an economic power house again. There also needs to be some responsibility place on individuals to take care of themselves instead of relying on everyone else to support them for whatever reason it is. There are times when people need legitimate help but many have taken advantage of the system for way to long. Maybe the government shutdown will encourage some change in the way things are being done. I may sound real right winged in this post but everyone is being affected by this because so many federal jobs and parks are being closed so it has come down to making a stand for doing what is right.
Here is a link to an article I thought was interesting on this topic
Ozarks FN magazine is a regional magazine that is dedicated to the rural way of live and in particular southwest Missouri and some of the nearby bordering states. I recently had the opportunity to listen to Lynzee Glass speak on behalf of the magazine and their recent introduction into the social media world.
Ozarks FN magazine is about monthly subscription and has about 58000 readers most of which are mid aged males with cow calf operations. They are currently trying to reach a younger demographic and get them engaged in important issues in the agricultural community. That is why Lynzee and her team have started utilizing social media mainly Facebook and Twitter. The first couple of years Lynzee admitted that her company did not keep on post enough to draw attention but now they have hired her and that is a major step in the right direction as she is dedicated to keeping an updated page to entice people to revisit the site and not be a one and done viewer. They currently have about 1400 followers on Facebook and there are more everyday she explained. She also started to explain to us how it was a great way to increase readership, build their brand, and expand on their number of views, not to mention it is free publicity. She believes that it has definitely brought her company in to the new age, and increased who they are appealing to because now readers can get a feel for what the magazine has to offer and decide they are interested or not by looking at summaries of articles or drawing interest about general AG topics. Overall she thinks that it will increase there business greatly and even more in future, and after her presentation I believe they are on the right track as well.
Here is a link to a video between my self and another friend about GMOs and how they are useful and can be used in a safe and beneficial way.
Recently two men were arrested in Appleton Wisconsin after they carried their AR-15 rifles on their backs into the local farmers market. As an avid advocate of gun rights this disappoints me. I will fight for gun rights as much as anyone but in this case the question that should be asked is why because it clearly is not just for self defense but rather for the reaction. This kind of stunt is what gives gun owners and supporters a bad rap. It is clear that they were just after a reaction which they knew they would receive because they were ready and willing to record the entire event as the police showed up and took them into custody. The constitution protects gun rights but these sort of actions are inappropriate and not the kind of publicity that gun owners need, if you would like to check out the article for yourself here is the link.
I am a student at Missouri State University, this is my second year there. I transferred in from Jefferson College which is in St. Louis where I grew up. I did not actually grow up in St. Louis city though I am from about forty five minutes south in Imperial which is a fairly small town. It is home to me and I love it even though it is rough in some areas and most would not think to much of it. It is perfect I can be in the city to catch a sporting event such as a cardinals or blues game in less then an hour or I can be hunting or fishing which I love to due right around my house or farther out in the sticks in no time. I also love to be at the lake fishing or doing anything on the water with by best four legged friend Bruce.
As I state I now attend Missouri State University as a senior, I am an Ag Business major with a minor in agronomy. I am very excited to hopefully be graduating this spring if everything goes right these last two semesters. I can not wait to get back to the St. Louis area or better yet my home town and hopefully find a decent job. I did not grow up on a huge farm with row crops or cattle, as many in this class and my fellow students have, although I have grow to love and hate agriculture as a whole for a variety of reasons, however I am very much tired of school and ready to move on to something else in my life.