Let’s try something new, shall we?
It’s always a challenge to find new and exciting things to post — and then to actually write a post about them.
So what if we, every Friday, post just the top few things from the week? Interesting news stories? Check. Fun agriculture-related memes? Sure, why not. Fascinating blog posts? You got it. Agriculture myth busting? Of course. We’ll call it the weekly round up. And it starts NOW!
- This. I love this! And I think most farmers would agree, too. Oh, and happy Valentine’s Day (you know, with the heart and stuff…)
- Have you seen this pretty awesome blog by Lindsay Mitchell from the Illinois Corn Growers Association? Her Open Letter to Americans Who Don’t Believe In Science is making the rounds on the internet — and it’s a good read. Be sure to check it out.
- Speaking of pretty awesome reads, Missouri Farm Bureau President and farmer Blake Hurst penned a biting response to the New York Times’ Food for Tomorrow Event. Here’s just a snippet, but don’t let that be your only snippet:
“We can argue about how agriculture should be constituted, and we clearly will, but I thought more interesting was Bittman’s choice of the word “peasant.” He could have talked about traditional agriculture, he could have extolled the virtues of small holdings, he could have explained how farmers in the third world have adapted their methods to the resources at hand. Nope – he chose to use the word “peasant,’ and as a person whose speaking and writing fees depend upon his ability to use a word that exactly says what he means to say, I’m going to pay him the respect of believing that he said exactly what he meant. Farmers should be peasants, with all that implies.”
- You may have already seen this guy on the Illinois Farm Bureau Facebook page, but if not, take the time to check out the video now. Farmer Johnny Georges was on Shark Tank recently and spoke about his life and convictions as a farmer and, well, they’re just too good to pass up.
- It’s Girl Scout cookie time! Thin Mints, here I come. But did you know that the Girl Scouts have recently come under attack because their cookies use some GMO ingredients? Check out Canadian farmer, Cherilyn Nagel’s take on the situation — she provides some interesting insights.
- And finally, I stumbled across this blog last week and, honestly, might not have read it if I didn’t immediately recognize the author’s name. Trent Loos, who farms in Nebraska, is an awesome agriculture advocate and an excellent speaker (he was the keynote at the Illinois FFA Convention a few years back and was PHENOMENAL). Trent puts an interesting spin on “humane animal production” and it’s definitely worth your time.