2012 Agriculture Proud in review

2012 has been a successful year, by my measures, on this blog. With more than 450 blog subscribers and more than 10,000 followers on other social media pages, I am more than biting at the bit to return to my regular blogging efforts in 2013. Graduate school and research comes first though.

2012 Blog Summary

WordPress has a nifty tool this year to help sum up 2012 for Agriculture Proud.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 120,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for agriculture degreeagriculture degreeswhat is pink slimedegree in agriculture, and oklahoma drought 2012. (I see a trend there!)

Click here to see the complete report. There’s some interesting stats there.

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Top 12 Blog Posts of 2012

On the Agriculture Proud Facebook page (I am Agriculture Proud), I have been counting down the top 12 blog posts from 2012. In case you missed them, here’s how the year turned out…

  • #12 – Why aren’t there calves in that pasture? One of my professors shared a comical look at reproductive problems in the cow herd and several of you enjoyed the laugh. Which is your favorite? Read more in “Top 10 reasons for reproductive failure in cows and bulls”.
  •  #11 – Early this summer an Austin, Texas news station reported that GMO grass was killing cattle. The report was false but many consumers latched on to the GMO tagline. Read more in “Texas cattle died while grazing – Prussic acid information”.
  • #10 – HSUS continues to take many stabs at animal agriculture. This past October on Food Day, HSUS released an animation depicting the life of pigs in “factory farms”. I shared several links and responses from a farmers point of view. Read more in “In response to HSUS’ “A Pig’s Tail” [Video]”.
  • Image from HSUS video
    Image from HSUS video “A Pig’s Tail

    #9 – This year HSUS persuaded several restaurant chains to take a stand on animal issues, included pork from sows housed in gestation crates. When will farmers take the initiative to start playing offense before HSUS shows up next door? Read more in “What will you do when HSUS shows up next door?”.

  • #8 – Really? Since when is it weird to iron and starch your jeans? I was actually surprised at the number of folks who took an interest in the subject. Grab the ironing board! Read more in “Why Is It Weird To Iron My Jeans?”.
  • #7 – Where will your Agriculture degree take you? Yahoo! Education called out their Top Useless College degrees, and agriculture was involved once again. Read more in “Agriculture – Useless College Degree Part 2”.
  • #6 – This story shows the real power of media and how consumers can take a story line and stretch it when the ball of emotions gets rolling in the food court. Get the whole story before you start reporting the “facts”. Read more in “What is Pink Slime and is it safe?”.
  • #5 – This Fall I took the initiative to share my experience from working in the cattle feedlots and responded to questions from consumers. This is one of several posts on the topics where I shared my insight. Want to learn more about your food? Ask a Farmer. Read more in “Does feeding corn harm cattle?”.
  • #4 – January was an exciting time as McDonalds launched a new series of ads featuring farmers who supply their beef, potatoes, and lettuce. The campaign came with its own controversy. Read more in “McDonald’s Launches Farmer Ad Campaign”.
  • 2012 was a year of expanding my circle in food conversations
    2012 was a year of expanding my circle in food conversations (The story here)

    #3 – Get out and enjoy some food today. Just try to avoid this restaurant. Chipotle and Willy Nelson sure know how to pluck at the heartstrings. This controversy was centered around an advertising campaign where the restaurant chain feeds off of changing food cultures. Read more in “Back To The Start – Chipotle Ad Draws Controversy”.

  • #2 – I mentioned a few days ago the McDonald’s ads that drew some questions from consumers. In January, I took the opportunity to respond to one critical comment and the post drew some interesting discussion. Read more in “McDonald’s Advertisement Misleading, Cattle Full of Antibiotics”.
  • #1 – The post on my blog that drew the most views and comments, centered around the actions of the Animal Liberation activists. The Agriculture community was in shock at the violence shown and much emotion was seen in the conversations. The ALPO even responded in the comments of this post. Read more in “California Activists Torch Cattle Trucks”.

2012 YouTube channel review

My YouTube Channel (AgProud) received a little less attention in 2012, but there were still several folks who turned out to watch my videos.

My most popular video was one found at the office of a cow giving birth while standing up. It’s one of my favorite events in ranch life, so I felt it a shame not to share with everyone. Watch the entire video, “Cow giving birth to twins”.

dry pond in arkansas drought
The drought of 2012 took quite a toll on farmers across the country. Read the stories here.

What was you favorite post from 2012?

This has certainly been a busy and productive year. Thank ya’ll so much for following along with my posts. Hopefully 2013 will bring a wrap to graduate school research and give a little more time for regular blogging efforts.

What was my highlight of 2012?

Stay tuned tomorrow and I will share the highlight of my year.

Ryan Goodman works in grassroots advocacy with beef cattle farmers and ranchers across the United States. He is a proud alumnus of Oklahoma State University, with studies focusing on cattle reproduction and nutrition. Ryans
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