Thankful for Agriculture

I was on the phone with my mom last night and when she asked what my plans were for the evening I told her I had a Collegiate Farm Bureau meeting. Tonight I had a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Ambassador meeting and tomorrow evening I will be attending a planning meeting with other students to prepare a presentation for the Farm and Industry Short Course students. My mom asked me if I was okay, if I was tired and worn out, “You are always at meetings. Don’t push yourself.”

Mom, thank you for your concern; it means the world to me, but I want you to know that I am blessed. I’ve been blessed with the ability and talent to contribute and blessed beyond belief with the people I get to work with on a daily basis. I am stressed and I do push myself and you aren’t the first person to tell me that I am always at meetings, I am overly involved and that I shouldn’t commit to too much. It is okay though, because I love the people I get to work with, people I have met in the industry and people who continue to influence me and have a positive impact on my life.

The people are what make the agriculture industry and encourage me to stay active, motivate me to do more and help me to succeed. I love you, Mom, and thank you, but just remember that you and Dad raised me to be committed, active and involved, to use my talents and to make the world a better place. I try to do all of those things and look forward to leaving my own footprint on the industry.

After my meeting last night I was able to participate in the last hour of #foodchat. The second reason I am thankful to be involved in agriculture is because the people in this industry have a passion for what they do. Farmers have a passion for the outdoors and compassion for the livestock that feed and clothe us. Over the last few years social media presence has grown to the volume where we can have conversations with people around the US and across the world about agriculture nearly every week with #agchat and #foodchat on twitter. I am thankful for the passion that is shared through these social media conversations.

Between my tweets, I tuned in to the last half hour of the Food Dialogue chat going on in Iowa last night. I am thankful to be involved in an industry that makes a difference. Without agriculture people would be both naked and hungry.

As thanksgiving approaches and the end of the College Aggies Contest is right around the corner, I reflect on the things I am thankful for and the impact that the agriculture industry has had on me.

So why am I thankful to be involved in agriculture? It is the people, the passion and the importance of what we do. We feed and clothe the world. Without farmers, producers, processors and all of the millions of people that contribute to agriculture our world would be a pretty tough place to live.

Happy Thanksgiving! Be sure to thank a farmer or agriculturalist for their commitment to feeding and clothing the world.


College Aggies Online

It has been a busy start to my sophomore year at UW-Madison this fall. It is hard to believe I am already into my second year of school. Club meetings, work training and class have kept me entertained pretty much every hour of the day! Tonight UW-Madison’s chapter of Collegiate Farm Bureau welcomed over forty new members at our fall picnic! It was great to see so many people excited about agriculture and excited to be on campus! We look forward to seeing them next week at our first official meeting!
New this fall: I am participating in the College Aggies Online Competition with many other college ag students around the country. I am looking forward to talking about my experience in agriculture and use social media and blogs to share my story. I encourage you to join in the conversation on Tuesday night on #agchat to discuss topics related to agriculture on twitter. Another part of the competition is blogging and sharing stories about experiences in agriculture. I am excited to keep this blog more active fall semester and share experiences I have had in college.
I am in a unique position, as I am a college student in a college town that can tend to be extremely uneducated on agriculture. This position provides me a unique opportunity to educate the public and share experiences I have had. I look forward to continuing to spark conversation among consumers and talk with the public about agricultural issues! Watch my facebook and home farm facebook, Cozy Lane Farm, twitter accounts, @KateGriswold and @Kgriswold46 and this blog for more updates, ag facts, stats and stories!