Posts Tagged With: Ag

Blogging Experience

In my PR in Ag class this fall semester at Missouri State University we were assigned to create a blog and to blog once a week. I did not have any previous experience with creating a blog before this class, so it was all new to me. When first coming up with a title and tag line it was a bit challenging as my creative streak comes and goes. I wanted something that would relate to the country, the farm, and the way I live my life. This is why it became titled “Kickin it in the Sticks”. It was been an interesting road and I have somewhat enjoyed it. I like being able to write things that other people may enjoy as well. However, coming up with some topics to write about every week was somewhat challenging to me. I believe blogging is a very special tool to be utilized. It does hold a great purpose for those interested in the social media outlet. It is any easy way to get your personal story out to millions of people in a very easy way. Through this assignment I have gained knowledge in how to become a blogger and how to appeal to the readers. Although to be more appealing it is important to just remain yourself and write from the heart. I also learned if you say anything in a way that may be taking wrong or negatively and could potentially get out of control. It is important for you to keep up with the blog and to be sure the story goes across clearly. According to Dairy Carrie snarky blogs are not necessarily a bad thing either. The have meaning and may reach the people that need to read them. They may also draw in attention from the higher people you are talking to and get a message back. It is a great feeling to get a comment or even a like on the blog. It gives a feeling of satisfaction, that someone else thinks the way you do and enjoys hearing what you say. I hope all that that have kept up with this blog and have read my stories has enjoyed it. That is the true meaning of blogging. I have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge about blogging through this assignment and I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to be able to write stories that mean something to me and hopefully tell my story for others to hear and enjoy as well. It was also interesting to learn about other social media outlets such as Twitter, Linkedin, and the use of wikis. Thank you to all who have read this blog!

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Do You Have Your Turkey Recipe Yet?

Thanksgiving is coming up and it’s time to do some last minute shopping and pick up groceries to prepare the menu items. This time of year many like to enjoy a turkey the way the Pilgrims and Native Americans enjoyed it. Today however there are a variety of ways to prepare this heavenly feast. Here is just one way to enjoy your Thanksgiving bird.

Orange and Maple Glazed Turkey

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 3 Hours 10 Minutes

Ready In: 3 Hours 40 Minutes

Servings: 25

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 cup butter, softened

3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme

3 tablespoons chopped fresh sage

1 (20 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed

3 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 cup orange juice

1/2 cup maple syrup

1 cup chicken broth, divided

1/2 cup dry vermouth

Directions:

1. Preheat an oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Grease a roasting pan. Mix the salt and pepper together in a small bowl, and set aside.

2. Stir together the butter, thyme, and sage in a small bowl. Place the turkey into the prepared roasting pan, and separate the skin from the breast through the neck cavity. Spread the butter mixture evenly over the breast, then press the skin back down on top of the butter. Brush the outside of the turkey with the olive oil, then sprinkle with the salt and pepper mixture. Whisk together the orange juice, maple syrup, and half of the chicken broth, and set aside.

3. Bake the turkey in the preheated oven until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 3 hours. Baste every 30 minutes with the maple syrup mixture. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 180 degrees F (82 degrees C). Remove the turkey from the oven, cover with a doubled sheet of aluminum foil, and allow to rest in a warm area 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.

4. Once the turkey has rested, remove it from the roasting pan, and place it onto a serving platter. Place the roasting pan onto the stove, and stir in the remaining chicken broth along with the vermouth. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Scrape the bottom of the roasting pan well to dissolve the browned bits, then simmer over medium-low heat until the gravy thickens, about 10 minutes total. Strain before serving with the turkey.

And Enjoy!

Recipe also found on Allrecipes.com.

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A Visit with Dairy Carrie

Carrie Mess also known as Dairy Carrie talked to our PR in Ag class. She is a Wisconsin dairy farmer and writes the Dairy Carrie blog, facebook, and twitter. She got started blogging two years ago. Carrie didn’t originally grow up on a farm. She grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. When she went to high school they didn’t have FFA and were just starting a few animal science classes. She took those and viewed herself as more of a horse chick. She married into a dairy farm family. They have about 100 cows on 300 acres, which is the average size of a Wisconsin dairy. She first started her writing with facebook. She then jumped into twitter, because when they moved to the farm she had another business and wanted to be able to promote it through the twitter social media outlet. While on twitter she found a lot of other farmers. She saw it as a great resource for learning and was also new to the farm and dairy way of life. About that same time there was a group forming the Ag Chat Foundation. Carrie has been a part of it since it started. It is a place for farmers to tell their stories as well as a tool to teach people how to use social media tools to tell their own story. After the first ag chat is when she decided to launch her blog. After about two years once launching her blog she has had around two thousand views.

One of her first blogs was done over a hay drive she was trying to help get started to help get semi loads of hay south. They got hay and money donated and ended up shipping seven loads from all over the country to send south to states like Texas. They also got donations from bands such as Randy Rogers and Cross Canadian Ragweed. One of her next blogs that got a big hit was a letter that she wrote to Ryan Gosling about dehorning and PETA. She said polled was a great option, although the gene pool can be small and you don’t want cousin to cousin marriage. Her “snarky” side came out as she called it.

Another hit blog was that about Panera Bread and their marketing campaign about serving antibiotic free chicken. She is not for this nor how they displayed a pill shaped chicken named lazy. They used this form of advertisement to try and say that farmers who use antibiotics are lazy. Needless to say she wrote another snarky letter. About twenty minutes later her phone started ringing and her post was going viral. Forty eight hours later and Panera virally stated an apology for their ad as well as to her personally. She was amazed and never though that would happen.

Her latest blog has been about the North Dakota blizzard. The UK newspaper picked up that post and had about half a million views. Her blog also had over one thousand views. Carrie will tell you that she is not a polished writer and the blog turned into a thing all on its own. She says that it is neat and she likes it. She also has an advantage in understanding how “city” people think as she was once one herself. She says that they aren’t uneducated and do not need people to educate them. They do however need to hear our stories and let them speak for the industry.

When she focused on PR she said for it to be right you don’t want to send out a message that can be taken several different ways. You need to be able to control your messages. However, with social media it isn’t about controlling the message but about being a part of the conversation. It is a more relaxed area to talk and needs to be more human like, not too stuffy. Some of her final advice was to write from your heart and in your own style.

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Bucket List Item Complete

I have recently marked off one of my bucket list items. This past week I passed my hunters safety class and will be getting my card shortly. I know I’m a little older than most to get it, but age is not a factor when it comes to completing something you want. So this next month during deer season I hope to go hunting. Mixed emotions of both excitement and nervousness fill me inside when I think about it. However, I cannot wait to get my first deer. Some people may not fully understand the concept of why hunting takes place. Well besides it being an ancestral tradition, it also provides food and keeps the wildlife populations under control.

These days money runs tight. It may even be hard to buy groceries at some points. Hunting is a helpful alternative to help put food on the table for your family. This was the original purpose in hunting; however, today there is also the important factor has having population control. Like anything when a species grow with leaps and bounds they require more area and more food. With this they also tend to consume more of farmers crops. Having the right to hunt helps control the overpopulation issue and therefore allows the animals to life a more healthful life.

I do not necessarily look forward to finding a trophy buck, but more for the experience. Yes, it would be nice to have some bragging rights, but I really just want the experience and to live a small step in the life of my ancestors and how they lived off the land.

I am happy to have had the opportunity to take the class and pass. I enjoyed getting to learn about hunting and the safety points. I hope that others interested in hunting and conservation takes the class. It is a learning experience that I greatly appreciate. Pretty soon camo and hunter orange will be the colors of the season. This then makes the next item on my bucket list is to get a deer when the season does roll around.

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2013 Ozarks Fall Farm Fest

The Ozarks Fall Farm Fest was held this past weekend on October 4-6, 2013. FarmFest is an annual event that is held at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield, Missouri. This event offers a variety of farm related objects from livestock and trailers to tractors and balers. There are many outdoor and indoor exhibits there to view as well.

One of the main exhibits is the livestock that breeders bring in to be sold or are just on display to be used as advertisement. There were many livestock species there including horses, cattle, goats, sheep, rabbits, dogs, and swine. Another main focus point for many was the variety of tractors and farm equipment. There were many brands available to view from John Deere to Kubota. Along with this there were automatic waterers, tools, trucks, truck beds, trailers, chutes, gates and panels. Indoors there were also many venders that were advertising anything from animal health products, fencing products, western wear, feed, and much more. If it is related to agriculture more than likely it was there.

I personally had a booth set up trying to sell some goats, western tack, and swine feed additives. It was nice to meet with people and get to know other breeders in the industry. However, it was a cold two days there was a good turn out each day. If you have never been to FarmFest and are interested in agriculture I highly suggest you check it out next year. I enjoy going each year. It helps me keep up with the latest trends and find out what may be new in the agriculture sector. There is a great variety of agriculture items and it is a lot of fun to see.

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Agriculture Awareness on Missouri State University Campus

As part of a class project we were assigned to do an around two minute video about agriculture. This video is one that Mike Herbst and I created. We were located on the Missouri State University campus near the court yard. There are many things all around us every day that goes back to agriculture. In the video you can see just some of the things on the MSU campus that relates to agriculture like the trees, buildings, food at the food court and cafeteria, and even the wildlife. Agriculture is the backbone of our everyday life and it is a way of life we should all be interested in supporting. This industry supplies the lumber for your home, the food and beverages on your tables, and some agriculturalists have played a part in raising and breeding your family pet/livestock. Agriculture is also one of the oldest industries and continues to thrive as we all need it to survive. I am a big supporter of the agriculture industry and what it has to offer. I hope others will be too. I also hope if you do not fully understand the industry to look into the true facts behind the industry and operations before believing everything you hear.

“Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson

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