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One of the greatest rewards of my work is seeing people in agriculture effectively tell their story.  This week’s posting features some excellent examples of ways agriculturists can make a difference – and need to. (more…)

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If you’re in ag, this headline likely made you roll your eyes after a few trying weeks of threats to the use of antibiotics.  If you’re not a part of agriculture, you likely have some concerns about about antibiotic usage in food production. Where’s the disconnect?  I believe that the different perspectives come from varying life experiences – remember that 98.5% of the U.S. population have no direct connection with farming. (more…)

kelsayKelsay Farm, a modern dairy farm just south of Indianapolis, IN, has done an excellent job of helping more people understand food production. I recently asked Amy Kelsay to share her passion educating others about where their food originates.   As the first of several producer profiles, I am sharing our interview to showcase those who are championing agriculture on their farm.

Describe your farm tour business and why it started: Our family had been giving farm tours for over 30 years; however in 2005, I quit my job with Purdue Extension to stay home with our daughter and found myself becoming the tour coordinator for the farm! This is a role that I absolutely love! I especially love educating young people and I feel very blessed to have this opportunity to share our 6th generation family farm with them. It’s a perfect fit for me! (more…)

If you want to change the disheartening direction of animal rights influence over politicians, you have a choice. Complain or get involved.  Today you can take a simple step; as sign a petition to let the Obama administration know that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) do not represent the majority of Americans.    (more…)

Perhaps I’ve become a bit too focused on the rhetoric against animal agriculture, but there’s been too much discussion lately not to share.  I’m hoping my friends from the grain side of the business are in the field – but if not, please send examples from those claiming you’re poisoning the world with GMOs, pesticides, etc. and I’ll gladly add your information to the mix. (more…)

Since sweeping barns as a kindergartner and then buying my first registered Holstein at the age of 9, I’ve had a love affair with dairy cattle. However, I really have to wonder what’s happening with our business.  We are destroying our once lauded image of “nature’s most perfect” food and completely confusing consumers by allowing marketing to get in the way of this great product.  Milk is milk; it all has the same nutrients, the same hormones, is free of antibiotics and all goes through the same testing.  Every bulk tank of milk is tested the same, regardless of how it will be eventually labelled. (more…)

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