“I’ve Never Been to a Farm Before”

 

You never know when you are going to be presented with the opportunity to allow someone to interact with animals for the first time. This opportunity found me this past weekend, which has led me to write this post. Friday morning, I get a phone call from my oldest sister who was babysitting for one of her friends. She was babysitting a 6-year old boy named Landon who has not had much experience with farm animals. My immediate response was, “Well bring him on over!”

Landon was really wanting to ride a horse. He had only been on a horse a few other times when he was younger, and had never had the opportunity to ride by himself. He was so excited when we told him that he could ride one of our horses…all by himself. Since this was such a big deal for this little boy, I let him do everything. He went into our tack room and chose a halter (he chose the green one because it was his favorite color). He then walked into the pasture with me to catch “his horse.” He was going to ride Hollywood, our 20-year old Paint gelding that my family holds very dear to our hearts. I would trust this horse with any

body, which made him the perfect mount for Landon.

I went back to the barn and got Hollywood all saddled up. During this time, Landon was asking me several questions about horses and the tack. He was so excited to ride a horse that he could barely stand it. I took him to our arena and got him on ole’ Hollywood. The look on that boy’s face was absolutely priceless. He rode for about 20 minutes, smiling and laughing the whole time. This would be something he would never forget…

Landon and Hollywood

After Landon had left, I got to thinking about kids and people who never had the opportunity to ride a horse, touch a cow or even step foot onto a farm. This led me to think about how important it is for us (agvocates, farm owners, livestock owners, etc.) to educate those who are not familiar with “farm life.” Allow them to pet/touch our animals. Allow them to ask questions. This is the most efficient way of spreading the word about agriculture, so don’t waste opportunities to do so! If you are exhibiting animals at a show or parade, allow people to interact with them and you! It is up to us to educate them about agriculture, livestock and farming in general.

If you are like me, you often forget how many are out there who are so uneducated when it comes to agriculture and our animals. It makes me be even more thankful to be a farmer’s daughter and an agvocate!!

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and allow people like Landon interact with animals on your farm!

Until next time…

Valentine’s Day—Sharing my LOVE for Agriculture!

As you all know, today is the holiday for love. I deemed it as the perfect opportunity to express my love for an industry we could not live without. Agriculture is a lot of times taken for granted by so many, and it is only right to take a moment and think about everything this industry gives us. We need to show agriculture some love!

As I think about where I would be without this industry, the picture that comes to mind is downright scary. There would be no dependable sources for food, clothing, shelter, etc. We would not have the caliber of livestock and crops needed to meet our current demands. Scary to think about, right?

So today, as you spend some time with your valentine, take a brief moment to think about agriculture. Even on a holiday like Valentine’s Day, agriculture plays a huge role. Whether it be through the roses you are giving or receiving, or the chocolates you consume, agriculture is the reason those products are available for your enjoyment. Somewhere in the world, a producer developed those products for us to utilize on this holiday, so take a moment to appreciate them!

As for me, I am sitting here writing this blog thinking about the importance agriculture is to me. I love this industry not only for all the great things that comes from it, but also the foundation it lays for all of our futures. It is an industry that we all need to love and respect. We sometimes fail to think about how fortunate we are to have an agriculture industry like we do here in the United States. It is up to us to keep the industry strong so we can continue being so fortunate and blessed.

Thank you agriculture for not only providing me with a chance at a prosperous life, but also providing us all with the basic necessities we need to live. Once again, I urge all of you to take a moment today, and think about agriculture. It is time for all of us to show this industry some love, whether it be thanking a farmer, promoting products or educating others about the importance of this industry. Don’t ever be afraid to LOVE an industry that is so vital for all of us! ❤

Until next time…

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