State Fair is behind us, Farm Progress Show is upon us and it’s time for another edition of the Weekly Round Up!

  • Illinois State Fair wrapped up last week and, you guys, it was seriously awesome! From an exhibitor’s standpoint, it was so great to see ag at the forefront of the fair again. For those of you who aren’t livestock exhibitors, I hope you enjoyed seeing livestock, ag products and ag in general front and center.
  • Did you know that Wednesday was National Dog Day? If not, give your pooch a smooch tonight. It’s not easy being man’s best friend. Especially when there’s a toddler involved, as my pup, Millie, can attest. National Dog Day
  • Check out this post from the Iowa Farm Bureau, written by their summer marketing and communications intern. This self-described ‘city girl’ talks about all the misconceptions she had when she stared working for the Iowa Farm Bureau, and what she learned while walking the halls — and farms. It’s an excellent read!
  • This, because it’s awesome. It speaks to me because, well, I was a farm kid. I realize, if you’re someone who didn’t grow up on a farm, it may not mean as much. But I do hope it conveys this to you: farm kids, and big farm kids (read: adults), too, love their animals. It’s our duty to protect not only our animals, but all animals, and will do anything to protect them, and the land on which they live. Farm Kids' Prayer
  • Check out this post from Dare to Cultivate. Author Lauren Schlothauer talks about the ‘rose colored glasses’ phenomenon as it relates to ag and, I have to say, I’m guilty of it, too. There, I said it. I’m owning up to it. Knowledgeable about ag or not, give it a read. It’s great. Plus, Mean Girl references. Yes.
  • This, from the Kansas Department of Agriculture. I love it because it’s pretty true of all farmers, not just the ones that reside in Kansas. Well, except for one thing. I can tell you my grandpa, the farmer, has yet to master the title of ‘Computer Operator.’Farmers
  • And finally, this from Emily Webel at Confessions of Farm Wife. If you’re not involved in ag, it might be hard to understand why it seems like so many of us ag peeps are flying off the handle all the time; as some might see it, overreacting when it comes to consumers’ concerns about food or agriculture issues. Well, it’s because we what we do. And, also because, we’re just tired of the of the crazy misinformation out there. Emily says it best when she says, “I refuse to feed the crazies.”

It’s time for another edition of the Weekly Round Up!

  • Check out this article from Dairy Herd about a new ‘sports drink’ developed by a couple of dads looking for a way to help their kids after football practice. Pretty interesting stuff. And I like it because it features Jerseys. Obviously.
  • This, because it’s awesome. I mean, seriously, folks. Let’s work on this — myself included. Promote vs. bash
  • This post, from Fitness Reloaded, which I found super interesting. Author Maria Brilaki talks about her experience researching and writing about today’s common food myths. I particularly liked no. 10.
  • This. Because it’s OH. SO. TRUE. Choice
  • You know me – I love to brag about 4-H and FFA kids. I can’t help it. It’s so easy to do when articles like this one keep popping up in mainstream media. Keep up your awesomeness, guys. You restore my faith in humanity.
  • And this, from the House Committee on Agriculture:“The greatest thing since sliced bread.” Everyone has heard the phrase, but who actually invented sliced bread? The first automatically sliced commercial loaves were produced on July 6, 1928 in Chillicothe, Mo., using a machine invented by Otto Rohwedder, an Iowa-born, Missouri-based jeweler. The development of sliced bread was not without its challenges. A 1917 fire destroyed his prototype and bakers thought factory-sliced loaves would go stale faster or fall apart. However, the results were the opposite. Sliced bread became a hit in the United States, even as bakers continued to consider it a fad. Regardless, by 1930 sliced bread could be found in most towns across the country. Slided Bread
  • And finally, this, from Katie Pratt over at the Life and Times of an Illinois Farm Girl. Pretty good stuff featuring her little farm boy and back to school talks. Peaceful, and, well, I’m leaving to take H on a walk.

Summer is finally here, you guys! And it’s almost over. Talking with President Guebert this week, he said he couldn’t figure out where summer has gone. Given that the majority of this summer felt like spring with lots of rain and 60 degree temperatures, I’m just going to say summer has felt short because we never really had one.

But, finally, this week, we haven’t had rain, I haven’t needed to mow my yard seven times, and my yard even has some sunburnt spots in it! Yay, summer!

Anyway, let’s get down to it:

I don’t know about you guys, but my yard should not be the this healthy this far into summer. My mower just quit and, any other year, that would be fine because I might be able to get squeeze by for a couple of weeks without mowing. Not this year. I guess I need to get a new mower.

Oh well, it’s just money, right? Ugh.

In the meantime, here’s another edition of the Weekly Round Up:

  • If you’re not a fan of western sports, this may not mean much to you, but yesterday was the 26th anniversary of bull rider Lane Frost’s death. Lane, who died in the arena at the Cheyenne Frontier Days, took the rodeo community by storm for being a heck of a bull rider and genuinely nice guy. When he was killed after a bull got a horn on him and broke his ribs, the rodeo community was lost. Today, nearly 30 years after his death, it’s hard to go to a high-profile rodeo and not hear Lane’s name. To learn more about him, and what made him a joy to watch, check out Wrangler Network’s special tribute to Lane last year on the 25th anniversary of his death. Also, of you’re a country music fan (especially red dirt!), check out Aaron Watson’s July In Cheyenne. It’s pretty great.
  • Also, this. Dirty Clothes
  • This piece from the Washington Post, which talks about how consumers think about and articulate their opinions on food — and how we’re all wrong, regardless of our opinion.
  • This. Because, obviously. Not in the supermarket
  • This post, from Emily Webel at Webel Family Farms. I always enjoy reading Emily’s posts because she has such a common sense, straight-forward way of explaining or talking about current issues in ag, and this post is no different. This time, Emily tackles the “War of Words” and why, when it comes to agriculture, some words are off-limits.
  • Want some behind the scenes dairy information? Check out The Udder Truth. Videos. Information. Cows. What could be better?
  • And finally, this story from The Hill, featuring our favorite Iowa Congressman Chuck Grassley. I’ve heard he manages his own Twitter account. Based on these pictures, I have to assume that’s no lie.


Finally a dry spell this last week and I still can’t mow my yard! Darn mower! Hopefully a new battery will be the ticket to a freshly-mowed yard this weekend.

In the meantime, it’s time for another Weekly Round Up:

  • Check out this article from Ask the Farmers. If you’ve ever wondered about those “corporate farms” you hear so much about on the internet, this blog can give you some answers, straight from the horse’s mouth.
  • And this, because, obviously. 2 percent
  • This article, from Slate, which I found really interesting. It’s all about the safety of GMOs, and the case against them. Take some time to check it out.
  • And this because it’s awesome. Food info
  • And, finally, this, from Buzzard’s Beat. It’s your weekly installment of Chipotle commentary, since it seems we can’t go a full week without some kind of crazy marketing news from Chipotle. I covered this news last week, but thought the commentary on this blog was particularly good.

It finally felt like July this week. We had a couple of days with heat advisories and the humidity was high enough to…well, I don’t know. But it was high. I also remembered that I don’t miss those high heat, high humidity days. I’m a farm girl. I don’t glow. I sweat. A lot.

Anyway. Time for another edition of the weekly round up.

  • Check out this post from Minnesota Farm Living about Chipotle’s most recent announcement about sourcing pork from farms overseas. Will Chipotle’s irrational decisions never end?
  • And this. Because it’s worth knowing, if you didn’t know it already.   Milk in stores
  • Speaking of antibiotics, check out this infographic from U.S. Farmer and Rancher Alliance about how farmers judiciously use antibiotics, and other tools in the toolbox for keeping animals healthy. It bears repeating – farmers use antibiotics to treat animals who are sick, just like you would give your kids antibiotics when they’re sick.
  • Also, this. Because it’s awesome. And pretty true. Don't take it personally
  • And finally, this article from Pink Tractor which lists just a few things farmer wish consumers knew. It’s pretty spot on.

Remember that picture I posted last week of all the flooding near my house. Well, here’s a new one. From this week:

Wet Weather 7-10-15

I can tell you one thing: the farmers I work with are ready for the rain to stop. But, at least we still have our sense of humor:

Shared via Illinois Corn

Shared via Illinois Corn

Central Illinois Rain

But enough with water. Let’s move on to this week’s Weekly Round Up!

  • In the interest of full disclosure, I’m a judger. No, not a judgey person — at least I hope not — a judger. As in dairy and horse judger. I spent much of my youth at a horse or dairy judging contest, placing rings of four animals and then prepping for reasons. And those judging days, filled with reasons and rings of animals, helped me develop my public speaking, confidence and decision-making skills. Oh, and everything else on this list, too. I mean, the pacing. Oh, the pacing. SO. TRUE.
  • This, because truer words were never spoken. Work for it
  • This post, from Fitness Reloaded, about the safety of conventionally-produced food vs. organic food. Did you know that organic doesn’t necessarily mean safer?
  • And speaking of chemicals, did you know this? Glyphosate
  • This post, from Raised Right in a Barn, which just couldn’t be more true. Those blue ribbons were great, but I learned more, especially initially, from the red, yellow and green ones. And for you parents out there, regardless of whether your kids grow up on a farm or not, this is still true. It’s okay to let them lose from time to time. It builds character. And determination.
  • This one, because it’s pretty awesome. And true. Farm Girl Tip
  • And finally, this from Southeast Ag Net, by way of the University of Florida. For those of you not familiar with beef cattle, Angus are arguably the most popular breed. They’re easy to keep, easy to breed, and easy to sell. Up until recently, you could only get Angus in one of two colors: red, or the more popular, black (ever seen the ‘Certified Black Angus’ label on those steaks you buy?) However, through selective breeding over the last 20 years, researchers at the University of Florida have developed a black hide, white hair Angus that they feel will bring new depth to the beef industry. Check it out for more information on why they think so.

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