It’s time for another edition of the Weekly Round Up! This week, we’re talking FFA (and you know how much I love to talk FFA!), more dairy facts, GMOs (again) and women on farms.
- Another crop of Illinois Association FFA officers were elected this week during the Illinois Association FFA State Convention. I just love seeing another team of officers excited to begin their year of traveling the state, promoting FFA and agricultural education. It makes me think of the day I was elected 12 years ago. I was the only girl on a five person state officer team and I remember thinking, “Okay, I don’t know these guys very well. This year could either be really great, or really bad.” A couple of hours later, late in the evening at the hotel, the five of us were chatting and an incident involving frozen gummy bears being chucked at each other made me think this might be the best decision I ever made. And boy was I right. The boys, well, I don’t know about them. They had to spend the first month of our term carrying my food — and carrying me up and down the stairs — because I was on crutches. At least I hope they remember it as fondly as I do.
- This, because obviously. I mean, they’re Jerseys! And they’re so cute!
- Ever looked at a nutrition label on a gallon of milk and been confused? Or, better yet, wondered what that percentage means? 1%, 2%, skim and whole — what they heck? Well, if you’re confused, don’t worry — there’s help!
- And this. Did you know this? Women have always played an important role on farms across the country, and they still do today, especially as those roles continue to change.
- And finally, this story out of Oregon. If you read the news at all, GMOs shouldn’t be an alien term to you. Folks want to see GMOs labeled and removed from the market, regardless of what science says. In one Oregon county, they’ve done just that, voting to ban GMO crops in the county. But there’s one problem: How do you enforce it?