Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Why do I love being involved in agriculture? #AgMonth14

I was planning to write this blog post the first week of March, but life has been busy. Come to think of it, life in agriculture is ALWAYS busy. There is always something going on, whether it’s time to milk cows or there are industry meetings to run off to, there’s never a dull moment. And that is something I like about being involved in agriculture.

Agriculture is an exciting industry to be a part of. Not only is there always something going on, but what could be better than spending time with animals, great people and getting outside for some fresh air?

I know I’m not alone in saying agriculture isn’t just my job, it’s my life. EVERYTHING I do can somehow be linked to dairy farming or ag. Even running. I love running where I can see cows. Loving what you do is so important in agriculture. On a farm, especially a dairy farm, it’s hard to get away if you really don’t like farming…and if this is this is the case, you are definitely in the wrong industry.

So why do I stay involved in agriculture if I can easily go do something else? Well, first, I don’t want to do anything else. Second, I just love dairy cows. Third, the people are awesome.  I also love helping to make a difference in the lives of farmers and helping people better understand where their food comes from and how it is produced. There is A LOT of work that goes into producing food. Farming requires a lot of hours and a lot of hard work. I don’t know anyone in farming that doesn’t love their job, though.

To say I love my cows is an understatement. It’s so relaxing just hanging out with cows or leading them around to get ready for a cow show. They are also good listeners. Sometimes they are stubborn, but then again so am I.

Finally, agriculture has the best people. I always called my 4-H club and cow showing friends my “4-H family” and that’s so true when it comes to agriculture. It’s also why I love going to industry meetings.

Regardless of whether or not you live on a farm or are connected to agriculture, everyone can celebrate Ag Month. After all, food is something that is relevant and important to everyone. If you have questions about farming, please ask a farmer. 

March isn’t over yet! There is still plenty of time left to celebrate agriculture and good nutrition. How are you celebrating this month? 

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