Living life in two different worlds

My Final School Blog


Well this is it, my semester is finally about to end. Finals are next week I cannot believe how fast time has gone. I am giving a reflection of my class course today, then I will be free to write about whatever I please. I have gained much more from my public relations in agriculture class than I ever thought I would. It really has given me an entirely new perspective on the importance of technology. This blog alone has hundreds of hits, and I thought no one would even care to read something that I had to say. I have gained the ability to really market products that I want people to see. The skills I have acquired will potentially help me in my future farming business. I comment on at least one other blog every single week. This has allowed other people to discover who I am, and the opinions that I have. It is really exciting when someone comments back I absolutely enjoy a good conversation especially on a controversial subject.
  I have also met some pretty cool people through my blogging experience. My favorite is still Dairy Carrie. She did Skype my class, but she was still so inspiring. I just really respected her view on things, and really appreciated her thoughts. She had some really amazing insight that I took, and applied in my own personal blogging. I’ve learned about some social media sites that I never wanted to use. I also really enjoyed the fact my class always took a least 30 minutes to talk about current agriculture news. I have ben much more involved with what is going on in the world around me. I also have had the opportunity to do create a social media plan for FCS Financial. I know have the opportunity to apply for an internship with the company which was all because of this class. I now have opened the gateway to telling my story, and I hope everyone has enjoyed reading it.

Harvest is OVER!


Tuesday was such a wonderful day for everyone at Bowman Farms. Harvest has finally ended which is one of the most exciting things a farmer experiences every year. Harvest is the only income that a farmer receives throughout the entire year. In my household my dad usually gets from Mid December until about March off. Let me clarify off means that he isn’t putting in 17 hours days 7 days a week in the field. He simply is working in the shop, caring for equipment, or hauling grain. It seems that when it comes to farming something can always be done. Regardless what time of year it is the work never seems to stop coming. This also is exciting because I finally get my fiancé back. He has been living with my family the last few months farming with my father. He mostly enjoys driving the Semi hauling grain to wherever it needs to go for the day. Sean is just getting an idea of the family business so he knows what he is getting into. Plus what is better than having his future father in law chewing him out on a daily basis ;).  I went home to visit for the weekend, and our Saturday night date consisted of us riding in the semi together until after midnight. He never had time to eat so I ran into town bringing him a greasy dinner.

   None of the men seem to stop working for about anything. When I am home I try to bring the guys lunch every day. They never stop to go into town, and eat. They would rather work around the clock to get the crops out of the field. This year is rained a numerous amount of times. This of course meant no one could get in the field to work. The closer we were to December the more stressed out my father seemed to get. We want all of our crops out before the snow it always is a race against the clock. We ended up having a much better crop than expected. This summer was extremely dry, and we feared the worst for the crops. My fiancé should be coming back to Missouri this week, and life is good. I can only thank the lord for watching over my family another years.

Skype Session: Dairy Carrie

This week in my Public Relations class in Agriculture I was fortunate enough to meet Dairy Carrie. That is of course due to technology she talked with my class through Skype from her house in Wisconsin. I had never met someone over Skype so I wasn’t quite sure what it would be like. I figured it might be awkward for Carrie to have an entire class of students just staring at her through a computer screen. She handled it wonderfully to say the least. I literally have nothing but wonderful things to say about her. I am hoping that I will eventually get to meet her in person. She has already made such an impact on the agriculture community it is phenomenal. The Skype session really gave me some motivation, and encouragement I have been looking for.

  I have posted Carrie’s blog link below, and I highly encourage that you all go read it. She really gave me some good advice that I would like to share. First of all she let us all know that we need to make sure to share OUR own story. It should not be left to others, we are all responsible as a whole. Social media is such a marvelous tool that we must all learn to utilize. Carrie for example has had thousands of views, and comments on her blog. She is reaching out to people who may have no idea what the Agriculture Industry is all about. It is such a wonderful way to let people know what your life is like, and it can help them understand it. I was encouraged to make sure not to polish my stories too much. People want real because they want to be able to connect with you. Sometimes we may have to show the bad side of the industry like the death of livestock. This shows how life really is for some farmers, and it lets the world see that also. My favorite was her explanation on learning how to pick, and choose battles. There has been so much controversy over the Chipotle video, along with other related post that have upset some of the Agriculture Community. I now have a different approach when it comes to controversial topics. I am definitely going to try to improve my blogging, along with letting the world know MY story.



My Journey into Twitter

This week has been interesting to say the least. I’ve said before that I write this blog for my Public Relations in Agriculture class. We were assigned an exploration project explaining a form of social media we have never used before. We do this so we can learn how to promote agriculture, and help businesses. I absolutely admire farmers that have been around, and worked hard for many years. The issue I am finding is that they aren’t necessarily on board with technology. I can’t blame them they have gotten along without it most of their lives. This class is teaching me just how important it really can be. Things like Facebook, and Twitter can really help promote a business.

  I have a Facebook, but that is about as far as my social media interaction goes. I decided to take on the task of Twitter by creating an account, and really delving in to how it can help a business. I was quite impressed to say the least. Of course with over 200 million users it makes it possible to connect with the world. People who have no idea about agriculture now have the ability to learn. Selling a product is more possible, and now we can defend our industry. People who tweet bad things can be put into their place. I’m going to really try to get some older farmers I am friends with on board. If they refuse it at least puts me at ease that I now am more involved in the Twitter world. According to most people Facebook is going out of style, and Twitter is the new big thing. I am very excited to incorporate social media within my own farming operation. It never hurts to make contacts beyond our local buyers.

Animal Science Lab

This week I don’t have any big Ag issue topics to discuss. Of course I do have plenty of topics to talk about relating to agriculture. Out of the 18 credit hours I am taking in school 15 of them are Agriculture related. Animal science is one of my favorite classes even though it also is one of my most difficult. I really like it because we actually get to do hands on labs. It is literally the only time I leave a classroom while still getting credit for it. I want to talk about the lab I had a few weeks ago. We are covering the reproductive system of livestock. I am of course going into a row crop business, but it is good to understand all aspects of agriculture. I went to the Pinegar Arena with the mind set that we would be learning about reproduction by watching diagrams. I did not however prepare for the fact we would actually be watching the breeding process up close.


   I must say a few people in my class looked extremely traumatized by the end. Our focus has been artificial insemination because it allows the spread of diversified genes across the world. Our teacher had artificial horse vaginas out which he sat right in front of me. I tried to lean back my germ phobia kicked in, and I did not want them to touch me at all. The stallion was extremely high strung which didn’t surprise me at all. I just couldn’t believe after all the years I have been around, and worked with horses I had no clue how artificial insemination worked. They simply had the horse mount a dummy to prevent possible injury to another mare. It also allows them to impregnate multiple mares instead of just one. Then we actually got to see a mare receive an ultra sound. You could see when she was ovulating so they could properly get her pregnant. In order to do that you must shove your hand should deep in the rectum to get a clear picture. The image of rubbing it against their bellies faded from my imagination quickly. I learned so much I literally can’t begin to describe it all. The point I’m trying to get across is that the Ag industry is not an easy one. Breeding which seems simple is so complicated, and takes a lot of effort. It also is not very pretty at all, and can get very messy. I now am glad that I am sticking with row crops I don’t have the stomach for anything else. Keep in mind that no matter what the job respect people for what they do. I am simply feeling blessed to learn so much about the entire industry.

Also on a side note totally not Ag related, I GOT ENGAGED!  


I have found myself becoming slightly irritated with the misperceptions going on in the Agriculture world. Whenever I meet new people they usually ask what I am doing with my life. This often leads to a conversation of why I want to be an Ag Business major. They instantly assume I will be raising cattle instead of crops. Then if I’m lucky they go on a rant about only wanting to eat meat from grass fed cattle. First of all I am going to be farming corn and soybeans, not all farmers actually have to raise livestock. That does mean some cattle will end up eating the crops that are being grown on my family farms. So yes I completely support cattle that are grain fed. Many who claim they only want grass fed cattle are about to be informed about the industry. The entire purpose of this blog is to educate you, therefore you can make better decisions about the meat you eat.
First off ALL cattle are grass fed at some point in their life. The difference is determined by how they are finished. They either finish on grain, or grass before slaughter which determines what kind of meat it will be labeled as. Price wise you must realize it is MORE expensive to buy meat from grass fed cattle. They come from much smaller operations, and it often takes longer for the cows to reach slaughter weight. Feeding cows grain can help them reach slaughter weight as quickly as a year before grass fed. This dramatically speeds up growth, and lowers the cost of feed resulting in cheaper meat for consumers. This also can enhance fat marbling which is used to determines a cut of beef’s USDA rating. The more fat in the meat, the richer the taste, which in turn results in a higher grade. Yes this makes it slightly fattier and unhealthier than grass fed, but not by much. You really have to weigh out the pros, and cons to the situation. Grass fed meat is healthier, but the health facts have been blown way out of proportion.
Shalene McNeill, who has a Ph.D. in human nutrition and is executive director for human nutrition research at the association, acknowledges that “if you feed (cows) grass, you can slightly increase the omega-3 content, but if you look at it in terms of a whole diet, it’s not a significant advantage to human health.” This supports that it just is not worth the price to buy only grass fed meat. A group of testers cooked both types of meat to see which tasted better. It ended up showing that there was no universal preference between grain fed, and grass fed. They each had various levels of beefiness along with juiciness. Basically there really isn’t much difference between grass fed, and grain fed cattle. I hope this will help educate you in some future decision about meat choices.

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Atlas Blizzard

I know this is slightly older news, but I feel as if not enough people are aware about the blizzard that hit South Dakota. An early devastating blizzard wiped out large amounts of cattle, and livestock throughout the state. I was reading articles about the incident, and literally became sick to my stomach. People are completely blaming the ranchers for all the dead livestock. These were clearly under educated people bashing the ranchers. As many as 75,000 head of cattle died in the storm. Ranchers are facing complete and utter devastation. Due to the government shutdown the farm bill was not renewed. This means the government is not giving them any money so people need to quit saying they will get subsidies. This is the ranchers livelihood many will be facing bankruptcy. Even those with insurance on their livestock won’t be completely covered.

We are talking about the cows that produce babies each year. These were not just feed lot cows about to be slaughtered. They were well cared for, and it can take years to build up a herd. The South Dakota ranchers had less than 48 hours to prepare for this Storm. They experienced hurricane force wind gusts. Many did not have time to herd cattle in, that can take days to do. No one was prepared for the magnitude of the storm that hit. This is completely tragic for the Agriculture World. These Ranchers are not only facing complete devastation, but now they must go out and dispose of the cattle. An immediate concern is proper disposal of the dead livestock, which state law says must be burned, or buried within 36 hours for the health not only of surviving herds but also for people. These Ranchers deserve our SYMPATHY not to be scolded. They have already been through enough. This effects us all meat prices are bound to increase. Don’t shake this off like it is nothing if you like to eat meat it concerns you to. Here is a link to an awesome blog by someone effected by the blizzard.