What Do Farmers Do In The Winter?

Many assume that winter equals vacation time for farmers. I mean, we see them busy out in the fields in the spring and fall, so why wouldn’t they spend the off-season in their recliner?

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The American Farm Bureau Federation announced recently that the cost of a Thanksgiving dinner for ten will cost just under $50.00, or about $5.00 per person.

Thanksgiving fact

I’m thankful for the relatively inexpensive cost of food in America and that I get to spend Thanksgiving at home with my family. What are you thankful for?

Four Food Buzzwords and What They Really Mean

“All natural”

“Locally grown”

“But it’s organic”

“I only eat grass-fed beef”

We’ve all encountered these phrases, whether they came up during conversation or were printed across the produce bin at the grocery store. Do you really know what they mean? Continue reading

Lessons Learned: The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done

As a recent college graduate and young professional just starting out in the agriculture industry, I’m learning something new every day. Now that college students are returning to campus for the start of classes, I am really feeling the reality of being a graduate. I miss college, but I love what I do (and I definitely don’t miss the exams!). Reflecting back on the most important lesson I learned as an agriculture student, it would have to be my experience described in this post. I did not grow up in animal agriculture. I didn’t like what I had to do, but I did it because I had to and I learned from the experience. But now I sympathize with the difficult choices they must face from time to time.

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Call Me an Agvocate

PETA released yet another video this week, this time depicting a dairy farm in North Carolina. Whether or not that video was staged is still being debated. Dairy Carrie, a dairy farmer and active blogger, pointed out lots of abnormalities and questionable details about the described situation in the video, and you can check out her entire blog post here.

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When Social Media Goes Wrong

In case you missed it, yesterday The Original Muck Boots Company’s social media team had a really, really bad day. It all originated from these two posts, uploaded to Facebook on Friday afternoon: Continue reading

Left Standing in the Muck

Last night was a PR nightmare for The Original Muck Boot Company. Two pictures showing employees raising money for the Humane Society of the United States posted last Friday on Facebook went viral in the ag world, blowing up with comments from previously loyal customers expressing their disappointment.

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