I don’t do it often and my reluctance to self-promote is probably detrimental to this blog… but I’m hoping you’ll indulge me and let me make a small brag. A few days ago I told you about attending an eight week workshop at the Worland Library sponsored by Lifetime Arts. Well, my teacher, Barrie Lynn Bryant, shared it… and Lifetime Arts picked up my blog post and included me in their blog/newsletter! That gives me a bit of attention nationwide and I’m excited.
Granted, it’s not People Magazine or National Geographic, but I’ll sure take any promotion for this little ol’ blog I can get!
Agriculture seems to be taking a beating in the press as of late, maybe it’s just me seeing negative reports, but most of what I do is tell the story of MY agriculture, granted, in a very tiny place in the middle of a very big state… but it’s our story and one I feel is worth the telling (obviously).
We’re not out here destroying the environment (we work to improve it quite regularly), we’re not abusing our cattle (they pretty much live the life of Riley), and that “sustainability” label they want to slap on everything? Well, I figure 112 years in the same family should count for something.
So, here’s my little post about a little newsletter that made me happy. I hope I help people who have questions. I hope I’m creating a chronicle of our life. I hope that the divide that separates the rural from the urban is a bit smaller because of the tales I share.
And I’m actually going to ask you for something… I sincerely think that people need to hear the tales of agriculture. If you’re reading this on Facebook, hit the share button. Maybe one of your friends needs to know about how beef is raised in the U.S. Maybe one of them needs a pretty picture and a jigsaw puzzle to do while they’re waiting in line. Maybe they need to learn about dairy or goats or feedlots or farms in New Jersey or Florida. Ag blogs are out there. Find them. READ THEM. SHARE THEM.
Production agriculture is 2% of the population of the U.S.
Average age of farmers and ranchers is 57.5 years.
Suicide rates for farmers and ranchers is 3.5 times what it is for the general population.
The Death Tax will ruin the family farm… and people will vote for it, though everyone says they *support* family farms.
People say they want to know where their food comes from but will believe any headline written to make money rather than do the research themselves.
I’m a big fan of TDF Honest Farming when he says “Ask a farmer, not an activist”.
There are soooo many ag bloggers out here doing a better job than me, BUT PEOPLE NEED TO HEAR IT.
Yes, I’m very grateful I made it into an organization’s newsletter. I’m thrilled the Green River Drift made it onto 60 Minutes last week (and they did a decent job). I listen to great ag podcasts… and I learn stuff! But, I’m guilty myself. Sometimes I just hit LIKE and I don’t share, but I’m going to step up my game.
Two percent, I’m going to say that again… TWO PERCENT of the population is trying to feed you and your family and many others around the world. They’re trying to do it right and trying to make a living and they’re working their butts off doing it.
How can you help? Sure, give us a thanks, that’s good to hear. But don’t underestimate the power of SHARING posts… on Facebook, Instagram, Tiktok, Telegram… I really don’t care.
YOU can spread the word.
YOU have the power.
YOU hit that button and YOU can make a difference.
It’s no longer about the number of followers or monetization… it’s about caring about your food, what you feed your family, what does “buy local” mean?, what impact are YOU having on the food chain?
You see an ag blog post or Instagram reel you like or a YouTube video… just SHARE. People need to know. You’re already here. YOU KNOW. Help us spread the word that if you eat, you need agriculture. Find out more…
That little “yay-I-made-it-into-a-newletter” post kinda turned into a rant. Sorry, not sorry. (For those new to this blog, I REALLY don’t talk like this everyday!). I may have gone a little overboard but I do sincerely believe this. I sincerely hope you share someone’s posts or picture or video today.Find me here!