Liebster Award

20 Jan

Hey everyone! I’ve been away from blogging for a few weeks due to the busy holiday season, but it’s time to get back to it! I was recently nominated for the Liebster award by another fellow blogger. I’m sure a lot of people have heard of it but for those of you who don’t quite know, I will explain the best I can.

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The Liebster award is given to bloggers by other bloggers and it is awarded to up-and-coming blogs (usually people with under 200 followers). It has German origins meaning “sweetest”, “kindest”, “welcome”, “lovely”, and “pleasant”.

I have Brandi from Lipstick&Tractors to thank for nominating me. I really appreciate it and love reading what you have to say!

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Each person is given 10 questions to answer. Brandi asked me the following questions:

1. Where did you grow up? I was raised on a small farm in a little town in southern Missouri. Had the time of my life!

2. Do you have any pets? I’ve had pets since I can remember. Dogs, cats, horses, chickens, pigs, goats, etc. We basically had a small zoo growing up.

3. What’s your favorite recipe? Hmm that’s a hard one because I love food. I’d have to say my favorite things are jalapeno popper dip and chocolate chip cookies. Can’t go wrong with those!!

4. What is one item you can’t live without? Other than food, probably my dang cell phone. It’s just so handy for everything these days and in case of emergency I’d want one around.

5. Why did you start blogging? I started blogging August of 2013 for an Agriculture class. I knew nothing about it until then, but now I love it and want to continue connecting and sharing/learning new things.

6. What was your first vehicle? Haha I got grandmas hand-me-down purple Stratus. It was a fine starter car except for being purple!

7. What’s your family like? Brothers? Sisters? Married? Children? I have a fairly small family that all lives close by and I love them to death. Just have one brother. I’m not married yet, but plan to be in the near future. As for children, the first one is on the way :).

8. What are your hobbies? Wow my hobbies change often. I like to do so many things . I really love the outdoors so being outside playing with the animals, going on a hike, riding four wheelers, swimming…all that is a blast to me. But I also like to read, go shopping, and make things as well.

9. If Hollywood were to make a movie who would they cast to play you? Oh boy, who would they pick? Good question..I don’t necessarily think I look like a certain person, but I’ve been compared to an Olsen twin, Olivia Wilde, and at one time Megan Fox! All of these are ridiculous comparisons I realize and I just found it funny.

10. What do you want to accomplish in life? I’m a dreamer, so I have constant lists going in my head and on my phone of what I want to get done now and in the future. I wanna do everything! I am very adventurous at heart and like to learn new things so the sky is the limit as far as that goes.

 

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Check out the Peterson Farm Brothers!

4 Dec

You don’t have to necessarily know anything about Agriculture to find this video entertaining! Parody videos are really popular these days and these boys are quickly gaining a huge following with their farming videos. It’s neat because they are combining the hard work of farming with having a good time and producing food for all of us to eat!

 

 

Happy Tuesday!!

Reflection Time

1 Dec

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Here I am just a few short weeks away from graduating college with my Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Business-Sales/Marketing. Over the past year and a half I’ve learned a few things, some of which probably wasn’t necessary for my everyday use, but maybe I’ll benefit from the knowledge at some point in life. I had the opportunity to take a variety of different classes ranging anywhere from vet science to accounting, soils to law, and economics to marketing. So, basically, I got to pick and choose what I wanted to take in order to achieve my degree.

Along the way, I decided to take a Public Relations in Ag class. This class has tremendously expanded my knowledge in marketing and social media online, which can potentially lead to sales and revenue! I am lucky to have had such an awesome teacher to help guide me through it all and the projects/assignments definitely allowed me to learn and see how easy it is to use some of these online tools.

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Just a few tips I have gained from taking this class:

-To succeed on the web or in any business you must consider the buyer first!

-Build content specifically for a niche audience and tell an online story about your product, ideas, etc.

-Consider ways to help solve problems, entertain, or simply motivate others.

-Learn how to become transparent. Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not.

-Be creative, but still have a business state-of-mind.

-Give credit to other sources.

-How to create a social media plan for a company to incorporate online marketing strategies to help promote sales and future business.

 

Overall, I have learned a great deal in this course and I’m glad I took it during my last semester of college because it will be fresh in my mind and will help me when I start working for a company. You can never stop learning though, especially in the technological world because it is always changing. I think the key is to stay up with the times and always continue to do your homework!

Dairy Carrie

20 Nov

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Last Wednesday, we had a guest speaker in my public relations class by the name of Carrie Mess, also known as “Dairy Carrie”. She is a Wisconsin Dairy Farmer that has been in the business for about 5 and a half years now. Unlike many other farmers, Carrie did not grow up on a farm and had little to no dairy background before starting this business.

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Dairy Carrie has become a huge Agvocate, as many like to say, to the Agricultural world. She is really well known for not only her humor, but her ability to connect with the world and tell her story so well. People find her blog very easy to read and she has gained large numbers of followers in the past few years. In class she told us to “Tell the story and let that speak for the industry”. So she isn’t so much concerned with what others think of her story as long as it is real and out there. She is also part of the AgChat foundation which is a pretty big deal!

Here are some of the tips I picked up from her:

1. Social media only needs to take up the amount of time you need/want it to.

2. Showing everything is important sometimes. You can’t fake it all because reality isn’t phony.

3. You don’t have to put debatable topics up, but more so important points or inspiring things.

4. Don’t get super angry at the people that may be uneducated or stubborn because they may need to learn about the topic. 

5. Tell a story because nobody can say that your story is wrong. 

I was really impressed by her ability to draw in the readers/followers so easily with her words. Dairy Carrie has a lot of great advice for anyone who asks, especially in the agricultural world and she is becoming a big hit on social media sites so go check her out!!

Here is a link to her website: http://dairycarrie.com/

She is also on Facebook and Twitter under Dairy Carrie.

Daylight Savings Monologue- Funny or Not?

14 Nov

I realize that comedians take different approaches on delivering a good, entertaining show. However, was Pete Holmes taking it a bit too far? I think yes. I’m not usually one to get offended easily at all, but c’mon that’s the best thing you could come up with to laugh about…

 

I’m sure he wasn’t intentionally trying to say farmers are worthless idiots, but he sure did depict them as being something like it. I just think this is one of those things he should have thought about more in depth before he went live and hurt a lot of people’s feelings.

Your goal may be to get a good laugh out of people, but should you risk offending thousands all for a joke? The whole reason I came across this video was because it was brought up in one of my classes and several people were bothered by it. Just saying, think before you act (or speak in this case)!

The Apple vs. Microsoft Debate

6 Nov

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It’s no secret that the war between Apple and Microsoft has been going on for years. There will always be those certain two-sided debates that will forever be up for dispute. Chocolate vs. vanilla. Republican vs. Democrat. Chevy vs. Ford.

 

I am completely unbiased as to whether or not one is better than the other. I have owned an old Sony computer with Windows Vista operating system for years now and never really had an issue. However, at the time I purchased this old dinosaur, I wasn’t rich enough to afford a Mac computer. With all the new technology out there and opportunities to network through social media, I’ve decided it’s time to do my homework and find a computer that best suits me and will benefit me in the future.

According to my research so far, Microsoft has basically dominated the world’s operating systems market due to the fact that they created an operating system that is compatible with lots of different hardware that is created by companies such as HP, Dell, Sony, IBM, etc. Apple created a design that only works perfectly with their hardware. So that could potentially create issues when it comes to formatting of documents and things like that.

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The next thing I read up on was the reviews of features, prices, battery life, keyboards, etc. I am really picky about my keyboard. Some people prefer to have their keys spaced out to reach optimal typing speed, but I like the keys close together. Another big thing for me is the price, of course. Nowadays, all different brands can get pricey. I’ve found that Apple focuses more on the appearance and flashiness of its’ products as well as ease-of-use. While this is really nice and pretty to look at, I don’t wanna pay hundreds of more dollars for that unless there are some great added features that it offers as well.

One important thing that has jumped out at me with the Mac computers is that a lot of big social media companies are said to be using them. With my degree being in sales and marketing, this might be something I want to keep in mind. I know Apple is excelling as far as the creative programs go.

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I will also say that the Iphone 5 is awesome! I can admit that in the last several years of owning an Iphone, I have never experienced any major problems. So I guess I am not necessarily choosing one company over the other, but rather searching for the gadgets and gizmos that fit my needs and spending budget best. I’m still on the hunt!

Will ObamaCare Affect Agriculture?

30 Oct

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As many of us already know, President Obama has created a new healthcare policy that will soon be in full swing across the country. Under this Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, employers were pressured to cut hours and benefits in order to avoid paying for insurance policies for everyone. Now the marginally profitable businesses are facing a huge dilemma because the law is forcing them to pay for expensive benefits that were never originally included in their compensation packages.

This could potentially cause drastic changes for farmers, ranchers, small businesses, etc. The cost, inconvenience, and liabilities involved will take a toll on companies and penalties will be charged to employers and individuals who do not comply with the new healthcare bill by next year. There are some exceptions to the act such as seasonal employees, but if a ton are employed for harvest, for instance, then the rules may still apply.

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 So, will ObamaCare affect agriculture? ObamaCare is complicated and constantly changing, but it will effect every American in the long run. So, I encourage everyone to read up about it and continue to be aware of what is happening in our world today and what the future may hold.

 

 

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