Advocacy for Earth Day and Environmental Sustainability

Earth Day 2021 is coming on April 22. Are you preparing to join the conversations? Most of us in the agriculture community realize that working in and caring for our environment is a year-round task. In past years, we’ve made great strides in sharing our stories of environmental stewardship, but we always have room for improvement in […]

Awareness of Food Systems Has Opened Doors for Advocacy

As our calendars transition to the Spring months, it is difficult to believe we find ourselves a year into the coronavirus pandemic. It was last March and April when COVID struck and many states placed restrictions on business capacity and travel. Many Americans found themselves working from home and were forced to cook most meals […]

Diversity and Inclusion – will Ag brush it off?

Does agriculture have a problem with diversity and inclusion? Is this something the community is willing to admit and work on? Or will some in the industry try to brush this off as well? In the weeks after I first shared my experiences challenging diversity and inclusion in the workplace, I’ve received an overwhelming amount […]

5 Changes That Helped My 2020 Financial Goals Become Reality

Have you ever found yourself laughing at financial programs claiming to slash your debt and make you rich? Also, have you ever looked at your bank account and credit card statements and let out an audible groan? I’ve been there. The best time to start making changes to reach your financial goals was 10 years […]

Omitting Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

To follow-up on the previous post where I shared my experiences and challenges of organizational culture, diversity and inclusion, today I’d like to share the perspective of a former colleague. This person has requested to remain anonymous, but their voice is important to describe the culture at the organization that led to the departure of […]

A word on organizational culture, diversity and inclusion

This year has proven to be challenging. I have been presented with opportunities to stand up for the ethics and values I have been taught my entire life. Our communities – whether those be defined by race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or a rural-urban divide – are often passionate about our deeply rooted beliefs, which […]

How A Plant-Based Diet Made Me A Stronger Ultrarunner

If you’ll scroll back to episode 40 of the Beef Runner podcast, you’ll see I had a conversation with Registered Dietitian Nicole Rodriguez. During that conversation, we discussed the definition of a plant-based diet and ever since then, my wheels have been turning. I’ve been thinking about my own diet and how choosing a stronger […]

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