Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Teach AG day March 24th!

Teach Ag day is right around the corner and its an exciting day! We can appreciate those who teach us about agriculture in the classroom and out. I know I love teaching people one thing new about agriculture. For so many of us agriculture is our passion and lively hood. I also love being a student of agriculture I love learning new things about the industry.
As a kid growing up I wasn't around the traditional farming, what I learned was from a small scale, a book or a field trip. My dad was a great teacher of agriculture to me and my brother cause he was the first one to teach me how to plant vegetables and care for the fruit trees. In high school I had a few ag teachers, Mr. Bruga and Mr. Appleby, they were great! They had a challenge of teaching us city kids all about agriculture and they did it. I'll never forget Mr. Appleby my sophomore year asking all of us to write on the board what we wanted to learn about agriculture, and I never saw a class of 35 kids so eager to get up and write on a board what we wanted to learn. That year was a great year, I don't think a kid skipped a class cause we all wanted to learn. So thank you to Mr. Appleby for taking all of our ideas and turning them into a year's worth of lessons and teaching us what we wanted to learn! I'm years out of high school and college and I still remember those ag classes and loved learning about agriculture.
I had the best teachers and professors of agriculture and I'm so glad that I can have a day to share my gratitude to them. I hope that I can be as memorable as a teacher as they were to me.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Happy National Ag day!

Today is a day we celebrate the farmer and the rancher that provides for us. But really this day should be celebrated everyday. So many of us are removed from the family farm we take for grant it some of the little things in life the farmers help provide. It is such a luxury to go to the grocery store and find all the fresh fruit, vegetables and meat just waiting there for us. Over time we have become more fortunate thanks to all the convenient foods available at the store as well. It wasn't so many generations ago that everyone was made from scratch and grown in our own backyards.
It doesn't matter your views on farming or ranching as long as we call can agree that it takes hard work and dedication to make the food on our table. So don't forget to thank the farmer or rancher that helped provide those meals you enjoy daily!

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Here is a little help for all those who need a little more help understanding economics.

- you have 2 cows
- you give one to your neighbor

-you have 2 cows
- the state takes both and gives you milk

- you have 2 cows
- the state takes both cows and sells you some milk

- you have 2 cows
- the states takes both and shoots you

-you have 2 cows
- the state takes both , shoots one, milks the other and throws the milk away

-you have 2 cows
- you sell one cow and buy a bull
- your herd multiples and the economy grows
- you sell them and retire on the income

-you have 2 giraffes
- the government requires you to take harmonica lessons

-you have 2 cows
-you sell one and force the other to produce the milk of 4 cows
- later you hire a consultant to analyse why the cow dropped dead

-you have 2 cows
- you sell 3 of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associate general offer so that you get all 4 cows back with a tax exemption for 5 cows
- the milk rights of the 6 cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island Company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all 7 cows back to your listed company
-the annual report says the company owns 8 cows with an option on one more.
- you sell one cow to but a new president for the United States of America, leaving you with 9 cows
- no balance sheet provided with the release
- the public then buys the bull

-you have 2 cows
- you shred them\

- you have 2 cows
- you redesign them so they are 1/10th the size of a regular cow and produce 20 times the milk
- you then create a clever cow cartoon image called "cowkimon" and market it to the world

- you have 2 cows
- you re-engineer them so they live for 100 years, eat once a month and milk themselves

-you have 2 cows, but you don't know where they are
- you decide to go to lunch

- you have 2 cows
- you county them and learn you have 5 cows
- you count them again and learn you have 42 cows
- you count them again and learn you have 2 cows
- you stop counting and open another bottle of vodka

-you have 5000 cows, none of them belong to you
- you charge the owners a storage fee

- you have 2 cows
- you have 300 people milking them
- you claim that you have full employememnt and high bovine productivity
- you arrest the newsman who reported the real situation

-you have 2 cows
- you worship them

-you have 2 cows
-both are mad

- everyone thinks you have lots of cows
- you tell them you have none
- no one believes you , so they bomb the @$#% out of you and invade your country. You still have no cows, but at least now you are part of a Democracy.

- you have 2 cows
- the one on the left looks very attractive

- you have 2 cows
- business seems good
- you close the office and go for a few beers to celebrate.