Why should farmers and ranchers advocate for agriculture? (Video)

Couldn’t have said it better myself, this is a great blog for people to read!

Beef Runner

I think it goes without question if you’ve followed my material for very long, that I am passionate about advocating for the voice of farmers and encouraging others involved in agriculture to join the conversations. While speaking at various agriculture meetings or organization events, I sometimes get blank stares from those farmer and rancher types not already involved in agriculture advocacy. I get the normal “Why should I care to worry about what those folks think of me?” or “Social media is a young person’s game.

Why should we care to advocate for agriculture and the rural way of life?

I know this video is a promotion for Colorado Farm Bureau, but the folks with the Young Farmers and Ranchers group have a pretty good statement to make.

“Agriculture, politics, and the future of rural America is not your grandpa’s game. It is your’s and…

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New Blog for Alpha Gamma Sigma

Many of you know that this blog has been created as part of a assignment for a public relations class in my ag communications minor. Through this blog I have learned what a blog really is. I used to think that blogs were for girls that liked to gossip or talk a lot, however I now see that they are a important part of the social media triangle. They can gain attraction to your business, purpose, or subject in ways that many other types of social media can’t. This blog is my personal blog and now that the class is over this blog will probably fade out. I don’t want to delete it and I plan to still post regularly however I will now be running a different blog that has a much more defined purpose. My new blog will be logging stories about my involvement in Missouri State University specifically in Alpha Gamma Sigma Fraternity. For my followers that wish to keep hearing from me I highly suggest following that blog also. True to my style this new blog is titled Words from an Ag Sig. My friend has already made a observation that the wandering man has found his place in Ag Sig and I hope this is true. Below I have posted a link to my new blog to make me easier to find.

Click this link to be directed to my new blog

Click this link to be directed to my new blog

Is the Devil Winning?

Sometimes this world really does frighten me on where our society is going. I am definitely not the most christian man by far but I know who I am and I am not a bad man. However some of Paul Harvey’s points that I can clearly see as a potential step downwards are applicable to myself. And this makes me scared cause we are all susceptible to society’s ways even if it is just a texting addiction.

Tumbl’n T Leather

Like many kids growing up in rural areas I was fascinated with John Wayne and western movies. I would sling my toy cap shooter along with the town marshal and round up the bad guys. My problem though was no matter how good my toy gun was I could never find a good holster. So several years later when I was starting to shoot real guns and had grown up quite a bit I decided to make my own. I had made a few other things out of leather, nothing much to brag about but I was determined to make this holster look nice.

holster

Three months later I had a finished holster dyed a nice saddle tan and beautifully engraved with a small basket weave pattern. It was a true holster ready for business and fit the gun it was sized for like a glove. I showed it off to anyone that would see and soon my art teacher was telling me I should enter it in a 3-D art contest. Well I won 1st place and the prize of $500, I was ecstatic. I used the money to buy more tools and supplies and started making more leather stuff like wallets and belts. It wasn’t long before I was selling belts to friends and starting to gather up a reputation.

Mini Saddle

That was how Tumbl’n T Leather started. I still do about the same thing as I was just making small things like wallets, belts, and purses. But now I’ve gathered the tools and experience to make all my products look as good as that first holster. I keep a small stock of premade wallets and phone cases on hand but most of my profit comes from custom making things for people. At fairs and art walks I am extremely popular for my custom bracelets. I can put names or phrases on a bracelet and add a barbwire or some other design around it to complete the look.

First Art Walk Booth

My childhood games have really paid off in turning into a lifelong passion. Even now that I am at college and barely have time I still try to fit some leatherworking in now and again and I’m still taking orders for custom work. I’ve also helped fire the same passion into one of my younger friends Blake Adams who is also joining the leather crafting world as Hanging A Leather. Together we are able to cross reference new patterns we draw up and manage big fair booths while both gaining knowledge and a small profit. However we both know that we are here doing leather work because deep down that is what we were meant to do.

A link to my Tumbl’n T Leather Facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tumbln-T-Leather/150744521676106

Tumbl'n T Brand

Mid Term Meltdown

For students everywhere, yes it is already time for our mid term exams. If you are like me you are caught unprepared and are having a mental breakdown. The amount of studying that is required for these tests is very time consuming and for people like me that find it hard to sit still and concentrate it can be a real drag. However my biggest limitation on studying is the amount of involvement I have. I have several friends that are consumed by Call of Duty and other online games and never take time to do their work. However several organizations that I am involved in keep me busy to the point where I am always exhausted and left with no motivation. Right now Greek Jam, a choreographed dance for fraternity and sorority members, which takes up 10 hours of my week. 10 hours really isn’t that bad but it goes until midnight and keeps me from getting a good nights rest to be able to tackle the new day. Now many of you may not know me well enough, but no one has ever called me a dancer or graceful so learning these steps and counts is taxing for me. I constantly feel guilt for my partner who knows exactly what shes doing and I feel like I let her down a lot. But she is very nice and always manages to boost my morale. With all this going on in my life right now it will be interesting to see how I adapt to these challenges.

Working with the Ozark Landtrust

The other weekend I had the pleasure to volunteer with the Ozarks Regional Land-trust to survey a small pond site that is important both as a historical monument and as a safe harbor for endangered species. Knowing that I would enjoy it and that I needed to gather volunteer hours for my FFA American Degree, my uncle Gregg Galbraith invited me to help survey a small lot owned by the Ozarks Land-trust to help understand how they can better the environment for both Ozarks cave fish and Arkansas Darter fish which are both endangered.

Me marking the water level of the pond.

Me marking the water level of the pond.

Our job was to measure and map out the current lake and get elevation readings so that the Land-trust can decide if they need to raise the water level any. I worked with a man named John who was in charge of the project. My job was to stand at points on the pond bank and hold a pole so that we could trace out the current bank. John would look through a small telescope and read the numbers on my pole to measure elevation and distance. Then I put on some waders and walked through the middle of the pond measuring pond depth.

Sarcoxie pond landscape 2

It did rain on us a little but it was interesting to see how John could measure distance and bearing with that little telescope and be able to plot out points on a map. After we had the pond mapped out we were able to tie in our elevations with a designated point in town that is a official elevation marker. I had a blast working with John and I really learned a new side to conservation techniques that I had never been associated with before. I hope I will have the chance to work with the Land-trust again to help preserve some of our world’s diminishing beauty.