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Happy Sunday, all! Coming to you this weekend a little late because I’ve been doing the horse thing all weekend and hanging out at the Illinois Horse Fair.

But, as they say, better late than never! Let’s get it started…

  • First, take a look at this story from CNN. It’s all about dairy farmers, immigration and the presidential election. And yes, those things are all connected.
  • This, which is totally awesome. FB_IMG_1456888262647
  • These two stores, from WEEK and Prairie Farmer, which talk about what potential cuts could mean to local and statewide agriculture programs. If you haven’t heard, the governor has proposed to zero-out the ag ed line item again. And, if you’ve spent more than five seconds here, you know it’s a move that makes me uncomfortable.
  • This, because it’s true. No two farms
  • This, from Fox 2 out of St. Louis, because I know these people! I grew up showing cattle with the Marcoot sisters and have many fond memories of Illinois State Fairs and junior barn shenanigans. Now, instead of showing, the girls and their folks have transformed their family dairy into a cheese-making venture – and it’s AWESOME! Their story is a great example of how farmers are diversifying to stay relevant in an increasingly difficult economy.
  • This, because it’s true, regardless of your background. You never look good...
  • And finally, this blog post, from my new favorite blog, Rural Gone Urban. Author Brooke grew up on a farm, but is now a city dweller, and her perspective as a now-city dweller is an excellent one. Plus, she’s super funny. Seriously, check it out!

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

  • Did you know it’s World Food Day? Me neither. To celebrate, maybe the Hubs and I will plan a trip to our favorite pizza joint — that is, if we can score a babysitter. If you’re still unsure what to do, check out this list from the Penny Hoarder Blog (one of my FAVORITE blogs. I mean, who doesn’t like saving money?), which tallies the best cities for foodies on a budget. Want to dig deeper? Check out this article from International Business Times about female farmers being the key to food security.
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  • If you view anything from this week’s Weekly Round Up, it needs to be this. It’s an awesome project called Acres + Avenues, which pairs Millennials and farmers so the pairs can see what they have in common…and what they don’t. The episodes are funny, endearing and really interesting. And you’ll learn something, too. Seriously, check it out. I’ll wait here until you’re done.
  • This, because even farmers are getting in on the selfie trend. Selfie Stick Farming
  • This piece from Holly Spangler over at Prairie Farmer. As someone who is involved in agriculture and the agriculture industry, I cannot agree more with what Holly says in her most recent blog. And I firmly believe that most farmers follow her line of thinking, too. Also, her comment about chickens. Anyone who has EVER had to deal with them can identify, I promise:

“I believe in a food system that encourages choices, rather than limits them. I believe in an agriculture that can indulge the tiniest specialty market, while simultaneously shipping more than 465 million bushels of #2 yellow corn to Japan.”

And, bonus for the week, this: go cubs goThis picture was taken on a farm in Spring Grove, Ill. Much like Lincoln’s famous speech of a house divided, we’ve been a state divided for the better part of a week. But, a week later, the Cardinals are done for the season and the Cubs are headed to NY to face the Mets.

I have to say, I’m not a die hard Cub fan like the Hubs, nor am I a die hard Cards fan. But, that series was a joy to watch. Thanks to the Cards for an excellent season and series. Now it’s on to NY! Happy Friday.

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It’s time for another edition of the Weekly Round Up. We’re covering some good stuff this week, so buckle up!

  • This article from Eating Well popped up in my newsfeed on Facebook earlier this week. I’m going to tackle it in a more in-depth post later next week, but wanted to toss it out there for your eyeballs this weekend. I have a lot of thoughts about this, but mostly, this: Despite the headline, it seems like, overall, a positive article. Am I crazy? In the descriptions of what foods are GM foods and why, it all makes a lot of sense to me and doesn’t really seem like a bad thing. But maybe that’s just because I’m a farm girl and get GMOs.
  • In honor of the 14th anniversary of Sept. 11 yesterday, this. National FFA and 4-H posted some awesome stories yesterday about how members of both organizations served in the aftermath of 9/11. Some pretty cool stuff right there. 4-H and 9-11
  • In the same vein, I had to post this because I just love this story so much. It has nothing to do with ag and everything to do with dogs. Awesome, awesome dogs.
  • This. Because you know I can’t help myself when faced with cheesy farm humor. Piiig
  • This editorial from the Daily Illini, which I found in Holly Spangler’s own version of a Weekly Round Up over at Prairie Farmer. I have to say, after reading it, I’m proud to have come through that journalism department…finally. One thing that I would add, however, is that Chicago plays a big role in Illinois agriculture, too. It’s home to food processing companies and the Chicago Stockyards. You don’t get more ag than that.
  • And finally, this blog post from Uptown Farms, which I just LOVE because I totally get it. I get snarky and condescending sometimes because I get so tired of having the same argument conversation over and over again. Ask any farmer and, if he (or she!) is being honest, he will probably admit to this.

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