Tag Archives: Agriculture

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!!

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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.

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.

 

 

Shutdown Impacts On Agriculture

16 Oct

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As many of you probably already know, the federal government is partially shutdown and has been for a couple of weeks now. This means that several government services and agencies are closed, suspended or otherwise impacted in some way. This could potentially affect numerous establishments. 

 

The things being impacted the most include:

  • Benefits for veterans and the disabled
  • Delayed paychecks to federal workers
  • A decrease in funds for health programs such as the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program
  • Clinical research centers
  • Tourist destinations such as parks and museums
  • Head start programs
  • And last, but certainly not least, food-safety operations.

The Food and Drug Association had to cease most of it food-safety operations which includes inspections, compliance and enforcement activities, monitoring of imports, notification programs, and lab research.

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Here are a few more things being negatively influenced in Agriculture:

  1. Crop progress reports
  2. Animal inventories
  3. Market news, reports, and stats along with projections and other economic factors.
  4. Farm Service Agency (FSA), which implements farm conservation and regulation laws.

 

Not all food-safety oversight is being halted, there will still be inspection on meat, poultry and egg products. Also, weighing services and some other crucial inspections will still be available. If the shutdown remains in effect it could have major consequences on Americans. There are a lot of other people being penalized besides the ones that I listed above. It just makes me wonder how long the shutdown will last and what will happen to the ones impacted? I hope a decision is reached soon and one that is for the betterment of our country.

 

About Me

11 Sep

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Hi! My name is Chelsea Carter. Welcome to my blog. I grew up on a farm in the small town of De Soto, MO. I’ve always had a passion for animals and Agriculture as a whole. I am currently studying Agriculture Business at Missouri State University. I love to travel, learn new things and help others.

My goal with this blog is to share my experiences, inform people of current events, offer random tidbits of information, rant and give my two cents worth of how I view this crazy world we live in. I hope to meet people who share the same passions and inspirations along the way.

Please, sit back, relax and enjoy!

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