Why Agvocacy?

Well my summer journey is coming to a close, but before that happens I need to recap my latest journey to the L.E.A.D. conference with the Angus juniors in St. Louis, MO. During the conference the youth got to engage in some exciting opportunities from speakers to tours. My favorite tour was when we got to have an insider look at Busch Stadium!! However, during the conference many speakers talked about the importance of being an advocate for Ag. Since I have been wanting to do a post about this I think now is a perfect time. We as farmers, ranchers and those related to the livestock industry have not fully grasped how IMPORTANT it is to share our story. So many times we feel its not our job and rely on others to do this for us. FOLKS, THAT IS NOT GOING TO CUT IT!

With anti- production agriculture organizations recruiting funds and membership by the thousands daily we too must do the same to save our livelihood and our industries. I feel many people here this speech over and over, but don’t understand HOW to be an advocate. Here are a few simple things one can do.

  • Post ag-related facebook status
  • Link your facebook to great articles, videos and pictures showing what agriculture is about
  • Post videos of yourself or others caring for your animals in a humane way and show how much you love your animals. 
  • Post pictures of your interacting with your animals and cring for them
  • BECOME A MEMBER OF THE MASTERS of BEEF ADVOCACY PROGRAM- There is no reason that every single person who shows or raises cattle is not a member of this. Take the time to take the program so you can stay in touch with what is going on and get helpful talking points and fact sheets to make a difference.
  • Invite people out for tours of your farm and let them live a day in the life.
  • Tweet and retweet things related to agriculture
  • Start a blog and take about what is going on at your farm
  • Talk to kids at school, the bus, airplanes, lunch tables.
  • Help a consumer make a beef product selection in the grocery store. 
  • Hand out proper beef product handling and recipesI
It is really not that hard… we spend many of hours on social media everyday, just take a few seconds of that to dedicate a little time to an industry that has provided each and everyone of us with opportunities and a positive experience. It is only fair to the animals and the people that we love and care for.
Also Check Out Masters of Beef Advocacy Homepage: http://www.beef.org/mastersofbeefadvocacy.aspx
Check out the Drive Magazine for more tips about Advocacy! August 2011 Issue: http://www.drivebyev.com/magazine/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=61&Itemid=59

On the road…again

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Just so everyone knows I’m still alive. Currently, I am on a cross country adventure headed to the state of Pennsylvania for the National Junior Angus Show. The show officially kicks off on Monday but life of an intern puts me there early to prepare for a week of smooth sailing fun.
Last week I was Indy for the National Junior Shorthorn Show exhibiting my own cattle. I enjoyed the week with my family and being able to SHOW!!! My sister and I exhibited our first cow calf pair which was so much fun. Videos to be posted at a later date. I think Big Ron enjoyed it enough that hopefully we can talk him into doing it again!
All of our 8 head placed in the top 5 of their classes with several seconds which was really exciting for us. I also accomplished a lifelong goal when I was elected as the AJSA President. My mom was also elected to the National Lassie Board. It was a very enjoyable “summer vacation” filled with friends,family,fun, and of course showing cattle.
I got back to St J on Sunday only to do laundry and prepacked my suitcase to hit the road again. My boss and I hit the road yesterday for what will be a 14 day long adventure. Due to some a/c issues we got a late start but these high maintenance girls were NOT driving 20 hours without it. Hopefully I will have some interesting post after and during nationals.

Life of an intern…
Emily

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Hello Everyone,

A bit of news from the SJ and AAA for the day!! Today was all about the interns!! We are all here now and have officially began our summer of success! I began the day working on the Oustanding Leadership Award packets so that I could prepare them for judging. We had a tour today, so that was interesting as well. I recieved my first bit of mail and also my first telephone call!!! HOW EXCITING! I was able to get all of my travel plans set up so that I can attend the Wisconsin Junior Angus Preview show in the month of June,which I am sure it will be fantastic. The American Angus Association (AAA) staff took all of the interns to lunch at Chilis today which was a great way for us to get to know each other better. We also got pictures taken and interviewed for press releases. I will have to add the pictures later on. We have titled ourselves ” The Fiercesome Four” or ” The Fantastic Four” whichever you prefer, fashionistas by day and superheros by night! Works well for me. 

I am very proud of myself for not partaking in any Wild Cherry Pepsi today however I kept myself very busy working on the Quiz Bowl contest for the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS). The Angus juniors better be prepared for a mentally challenging written and oral examination! I am sure they can handle it. After work I partook in a relaxing run around the neighborhood I am living in over the summer and fixed myself some supper. I started my online class that I am taking through the University of Illinois over the summer, Sales Communication. Should be a great class! 

I am sorry for my lack of pictures and deep insightful post, but I have been very busy getting adjusted.

Be prepared for some interesting SJ adventures with my roomate, Katie, and I as we explore the interesting city of St. Joe. I have heard that people watching is the number one hobby to partake in from my co-workers at the Assoc. (haha)

I have still not quite adjusted to this whole getting up early thing…however, in time my body will remember what that was like, at least I hope!!

Well I probably need to get my beauty sleep….so goodnight everyone!