What it’s Really Like to be a Farm Kid

I’ve talked before about growing up on a farm. It wasn’t the glamorous “up every day at the crack of dawn” or “I have to feed my livestock every single day regardless of bad weather or holidays” lifestyle some farm kids experience.
I grew up on a corn and soybean farm, so my family was able to go on to occasional summer vacation and I got to sometimes sleep in on school holidays.

Previous blog posts about being a farm kid have talked about the highlights of the rural life (See 10 best things about being a farm kid), but what’s it really like to grow up on a farm? Continue reading

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GMOs: From the Farm Kid’s Viewpoint

*Disclaimer: This is not a complete list of all of the arguments in favor of and against GMOs. I have several classes this semester that will be discussing this topic and it just happened to be on my mind when I sat down to blog today.

Genetically Modified Organisms- GMOs for short- have been stirring a lot of controversy lately. But what are they and why are they so scary? Continue reading

Happy Fall, Y’all!

Fall is in the air at Illinois State! Even though fall doesn’t technically start until this weekend, leaves have begun to change color, the weather is cooler (seriously, I went from using the air conditioner one night to having winter blankets out the next), pumpkin everything is officially available in stores and coffee shops, and farmers are counting down the days until harvest.

My favorite part of fall is definitely the agriculture. Think about it. Ag is everywhere during this time of year. Corn mazes, pumpkin patches, homemade apple pie….yum! Continue reading

Corn: America’s Golden Resource (Part One)

Sweet corn season is finally upon us in Central Illinois! Growing up on a farm, I’ve been spoiled with as much sweet corn as I could possibly manage to eat. And the ears picked on the farm are significantly better than what you can buy in the store, something that I’ve learned first-hand now that I am off at college and don’t live at home anymore.

The field corn is the taller corn in the back- it's about 8 ft or taller. The sweet corn is towards the front and is around 5-6 ft tall.
The field corn is the taller corn in the back- it’s about 8 ft or taller. The sweet corn is towards the front and is around 5-6 ft tall.

Some questions I’ve heard before as a presenter include things such as “Why do we grow so much corn in the Midwest?”, “Does your family really eat all of the corn you grow??” Continue reading

Thank a Farmer

As I’ve mentioned before, there are many different kinds of agriculture. Organic, conventional, antibiotic-free, grain farms, livestock farms, small farms, medium-sized farms, and large farms. And the majority (97% nationally) are family farms. It’s really up to the farmer to choose what is best for his or her farm, and the final decision of what to produce and how to produce it is largely based off of their personal values and experience and the marketability of the product(s) in their area.

Part of Panera’s EZChicken campaign

If you’ve been following any social media pertaining to agriculture, you’ve probably heard a lot about Panera’s new marketing of their antibiotic-free chicken. They’ve begun a new Twitter campaign through EZChicken, which depicts a chicken taking the easy route instead of doing the hard work. Continue reading