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Did you know we’re halfway through June? How did that happen?

Either way, it’s time for another edition of the Weekly Round Up!

  • Are you a wine drinker? You are? Then you need to check out this article on NPR’s The Salt. It’s all about the terroir that makes magic in your wine. See, you don’t know what terroir is (at least I didn’t) and that makes you want to read the article. I know it does.
  • This because, obviously. 13419180_885696671559964_5855288553894939206_n
  • This story, from an NBC affiliate in Philadelphia, which is the best case of irony. EVER. Lunch, anyone?
  • This article, from AnimalAntibiotics.org, which breaks down some of the misconceptions around antibiotic use in food animals and how antibiotic use there might affect antibiotic use in human health. It’s an issue that receives a lot of press these days, and this piece has great information.
  • And finally, this, because it’s Father’s Day and my husband is a great dad. And this picture is just too great not to share. Happy Father’s Day to all of the great dads out there! Hannah 14.jpg






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It’s Friday! I mean, seriously, were more beautiful words ever spoken? I think not.

Anyway, as is usually the case around here, Friday means it’s time for another edition of the Weekly Round Up. Here’s what’s on tap for this week:

  • You’re probably aware of my love for the Blue and Gold jacket. I was an FFA member all the way through high school and am not ashamed to say that it helped shape who I am today. Heck, it even helped me land on a career choice. Given that, it’s no surprise that I don’t take kindly to people who rail against it, like a PETA blogger this week, who said, “FFA is lame AF.” I was all piped up and ready to respond, when I saw something amazing happening: Rather than respond to the blog and effectively promote it just by sharing, FFA members and alumni across the U.S. started sharing their FFA memories, pictures and positive moments instead. Talk about powerful. Here’s my favorite post – be sure to check it out.
  • This, because you know I love a good play on words. And cheese. Sweet Dreams
  • This article, from the Huffington Post. We’ve covered Bill Nye’s (Bill! Bill! Bill! – you know you were singing it in your head) switch from anti-GMO to pro-GMO before, but this piece, from Dr. Robert T. Fraley at Monsanto, offers a different take on why he switched.
  • And, speaking of GMOs, this story which appeared on CBS Sunday Morning. If you have questions about GMOs, this story does an excellent job of presenting both sides of the story.
  • This video, from Steve Harvey. Yes, Steve Harvey. He’s a well-known comedian, but did you know he grew up on a farm, too? In a rare moment where he’s not cracking jokes, Harvey talks about what it meant to grow up on a farm, and what he learned from the experience. It’s beautiful.
  • This, because whether you’re a farmer, accountant, writer, office manager or kid, this is true. Always. New Start


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You guys. Did you know it’s January. And not just January – it’s January 15. We’re halfway through the month.

How the heck did that happen?

Anyway, it has been a while since we’ve done the Weekly Round Up and that means I have a lot of stuff to share. Like, a whole lot. So, let’s get right down to it:

  • First, this short video from the Center for Accountability in Science. It’s a great video which talks about how farmers use antibiotics and what that means for humans consuming meat from animals treated with antibiotics. If you have questions about how your meat is raised, and how it’s treated when it’s sick, this video is for you.
  • This article, from Forbes, which discusses Chipotle’s recent fall from grace. I’ve talked a lot about Chipotle here on the blog, and why I’m not a fan of their marketing campaign (Read: It’s a web of lies!). In December, the company, famous for its “Food with Integrity,” showed not only does it need to clean up its marketing campaign, but their restaurants in general. Ugh.
  • This. You know, just a little food for thought. Tomatoes
  • This article, from the Huffington Post, which has nothing to do with farmers, but everything to do with food — and how our kids eat it. Or in my case, how our toddler’s throw it on the floor, dump it in their heads, feed it to the dog and smear it on the table — basically anything but actually eat it. I found it quite a while ago, but it’s a really great article, and after testing it out with my own hard-headed munchkin, it’s got some pretty great advice.
  • This article, from U.S. News and World Report, about how today’s farmers are working hard to run sustainable farms. Excellent stuff in this one, folks.
  • Do you have questions about convention dairy farms vs. organic dairy farms? If so, this blog post, from The Farmer’s Wifee, does an excellent job of explaining just how many rules all dairy farms have to follow. It’s a great read.

And finally, a request: What do you want to see? I’m thinking of revamping things a bit, and I would love to know what you want to know. Would you like to see more myth-busting, agriculture style? Or, maybe you would be interested in farmer features. How about recipes? What would really get you excited to check things out? Let me know in the comments!

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Are you seeing the trend here? There have been a whole lot of food safety, food processing, consumer question answering websites over the last 22 days.

Today is no different.

Today, we’re headed over to U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance’s (USFRA) Food Dialogues page.

A little bit of background about USFRA:

USFRA is made up of more than 80 farmer – and rancher-led organizations and agricultural partners representing virtually all aspects of agriculture, working to engage in dialogue with consumers who have questions about how today’s food is grown and raised. USFRA is committed to continuous improvement and supporting U.S. farmers and ranchers efforts to increase confidence and trust in today’s agriculture.

Essentially, USFRA is a national version of Illinois Farm Families (www.WatchUsGrow.org) and Common Ground (www.FindOurCommonGround.com). Same concept of transparency and answering consumer questions, but on a bigger scale. Plus, there are events!

In addition Food Dialogues being an internet presence where farmers can answer questions and talk about why they do what they do, USFRA hosts Food Dialogues events across the country where panels of farmers and industry professionals are on hand to answer consumer questions in a live setting.

On their website, you can find information about animal welfare, antibiotics, GMOs, farm size and ownership, food choices and price, food safety, hormones and growth tools, pesticides, herbicides and fertilizer, water quality and a section on how farmers do what they do.

As with all of the other websites I’ve featured, lots of good stuff if you take the time to read it. So make sure you take the time.

To see the rest  of the 30-day series, check out the links below:

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Today’s website is pretty appropriate considering some recent news from Subway.

I blogged about Subway’s announcement that they were going to source meat only from animals who never received antibiotics here and here, and I might have even referenced this website in one of those posts.

If not, well, this is the perfect time to talk about it. As I mentioned earlier, there’s been a lot of talk lately about antibiotic use in farm animals and how overuse can lead to antibiotic resistance in humans.

Sounds scary, right? I mean, after all, if farmers are using antibiotics on their animals, you’re surely getting a dose yourself when you eat meat or drink milk, right?

Well, actually, no. Because farmers have to follow lots and lots of rules when they use antibiotics. And because government agencies test — rigorously — for antibiotic residue once an animal is marketed and slaughtered.

There is so much information surrounding this topic and some of the best comes from the Animal Health Institute. You can find all kinds of good stuff, including judicious use programs, benefits of antibiotics, risk assessments, how antibiotics are approved for use, information about the FDA’s Veterinary Feed Directive, frequently asked questions, and even information about how Denmark was affected after it banned use of antibiotics in feed.

They even put together a nifty fact sheet, in PDF form, about how antibiotics can be used to keep animals healthy without affecting our food.

Pretty much any question you have about antibiotics and how farmers use them can be answered here. Seriously.

To see the rest of the 30-day series, check out the links below:

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I’m a firm believer in embracing differences and looking for similarities. Some of my best friends came from very different backgrounds than I, but have some kind of common thread, too.

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These gals were kind enough to ‘shower me’ when I got engaged many, many moons (and pants sizes) ago.


Take, for example, these girls. These are my 4-H House girls — at least, most of them.

All of us come from different backgrounds. Some of us grew up on farms; some of us didn’t. But the one thing we all had in common was 4-H and living in 4-H House at the U of I.

That one common thread has led to lots of friendships. And those friendships have morphed from Lord knows how many late night dance parties to a whole bunch of wedding invitations and a bunch of really cute kids — and regular email updates and get-togethers to keep everyone updated.

You can find the commonality in anything. It’s like the six degrees of Kevin Bacon — there’s a connection in everything.

And that’s what FindOurCommonGround.com was founded on; finding the common ground between consumers and farmers.

Similar to WatchUsGrow.org, FindOurCommonGround.com is a collection of farmers, mostly women, who openly talk about farm practices and topics, including antibiotics in meat, animal welfareorganic and local foods, GMOs, food safetyhormones, food prices, sustainability, farm ownership, and more. The only difference is these farmers don’t only farm in Illinois — they farm in states across the country.

You can even select your home state to find a list of farmers who can answer your questions about any topic under the sun. How cool is that?

Funded from checkoff dollars from the American Soybean Association and the National Corn Growers Association, FindOurCommonGround.com is an excellent source of information for all of your farming questions.

The see the rest of the 30-day series, check out the links below:

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Similar to Ask the Farmers, the next agriculture website welcomes questions from curious consumers and is happy to answer them online. And, just like Ask the Farmers, they have a group of farmers who volunteer their time to answer questions and post about agriculture. But, they take it a step farther by inviting a select group of those consumers to Illinois farms.

IFF Logo 2Illinois Farm Families is made up of farmers who support Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Pork Producers Association, Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois Beef Association and Midwest Dairy Association through farmer membership and checkoff programs. They are committed to having conversations with consumers, answering their questions about food, farmers and farming, and sharing what really happens on today’s Illinois family farms.

Each year, Illinois Farm Families sends a group of urban moms out on a series of farm tours to get their questions answered. No question is off limits and the moms, known as City Moms, have a chance to ask questions about anything from GMOs and animal care to pesticides and hormones in livestock.

After each tour, the City Moms put pen to paper and blog about their experiences – good or bad. They take pictures, post on social media and share what they’ve learned with other consumers who have questions, too.

Their website is a wealth of excellent information about farms, farmers and agriculture. They’re not afraid to tackle any subject and they’re not afraid to answer the hard questions.

Check out the whole 30-day series here:

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