Thinking out loud here. Where's the disconnect when it comes to food? I've said it many times in the past few years that most Americans are disconnected from agriculture and that we farmers, ranchers and those of us involved in agriculture need to advocate, share our stories, and work to fix that disconnect. That people … Continue reading #FoodForThought Where’s The Disconnect?
Labels, labels, labels. Every time I turn around there is a new ballot initiative or a new campaign for more labels on our food. If you ask me there is such a thing as labeling overkill and it dilutes the effect of those things that really matter. Is a label just an excuse to be … Continue reading Don’t Take My Word For It
"A man with a conviction is a hard man to change. Tell him you disagree and he turns away. Show him facts or figures and he questions your sources. Appeal to logic and he fails to see your point." Leon Festinger I've had many great opportunities in the past few years to speak with farmers … Continue reading How to deal with negativity in food conversations
Late last month, I had the great opportunity to travel to Lexington, Kentucky for the Alltech 29th Annual International Symposium. I was one of several guest bloggers invited to cover the event via social media. The theme of the Symposium was taking a Glimpse of food production for 2020 and beyond. There were several great … Continue reading Alltech Symposium focuses on future of food production
Bandita Jenny Dewey is a country girl at heart. Born and raised in Northern California and growing up in her parent's butcher shop and deli, agriculture has always been a part of her life. She recently followed her heart to North Dakota where she is now engaged to a Sunflower farmer and … Continue reading North Dakota Agriculture from a Born and Raised California Girl
I was on a Delta flight from Orlando to Atlanta last week. It was a late afternoon flight, full of mid-week business travelers. If you're headed to Atlanta, there will be several. I was seated between a young woman who was involved in her book and on my right was middle-aged lady working the word … Continue reading When food conversations fall short…
I'm on the road again this week, in Lexington, Kentucky. Many know Lexington for the University of Kentucky Wildcat Basketball or the legendary horse racing and extremely nice barns that dot the rolling green hills. Some may even know Eastern Kentucky for its trail of Bourbon Distilleries. Lexington is also home to Alltech - a … Continue reading Alltech Annual International Symposium | #AgFuture
Last week I received a link to a story from The Daily Beast, an aggregator news website affiliated with Newsweek. The headline was "20 Most Useless Degrees" and wouldn't you know it Horticulture (No.2), Agriculture (No.3), Nutrition (No.10), and Animal Science (No.20) made the list. The website laid claim that the first two degree fields … Continue reading Agriculture – Top 20 Most Useless Degrees?
Factory Farm. Big Ag. Corporate Agriculture. CAFO. These are just a few of the terms used by those who oppose large business agriculture in today's food production. Let's face it, agriculture is made of many different farms, ranches, and operations, none of which are exactly the same. Some may be owned by families, others by … Continue reading The Face Of Food Production