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5 Ways to Talk About Agriculture During the Holidays

Ahh, small talk...the thing we all love to hate. This time of year is breeding grounds for meaningless conversations with people you haven't seen in awhile. The WORST, am I right?!  Never fear, we've come up with FIVE ways to get the conversation to focus on something you actually LIKE talking about - agriculture. Instead of talking for hours about the weather or how delicious the Christmas meal is, try these conversation starters! 5 Ways to Talk About Agriculture During the Holidays 1. Tell a funny/crazy/embarrassing agricultural story that has happened since you last saw that person. Have you ever been in the middle of a fiasco on the farm and thought to yourself "This can't be real...this is like something you'd see...

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"How Has It Impacted You?"

Think of something that's EXTREMELY important to you. It can be anything! Your spouse, your college degree, your house, your dog, or even your coffee order at your favorite little coffee shop on the corner. Got one in your head? Now, think about how THAT THING has impacted YOU. What has it done for you? The good, the bad, and everything in between.  In this example, the "thing" I'm talking about for myself is my business, The Farm Story. Up until recently, I had never been asked, or reflected on, the question of "how has starting this business impacted you?" WHOA, NELLY. I had never thought of this, you guys!! I had never taken a few minutes to think about the fact that...

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The County Fair: An Education For All Ages

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! No, we aren’t talking about Christmas or the song about “caroling out in the snow” (sorry Andy Williams and Santa Claus!) However, we are talking about something equally as magical and wonderful. If you spend any time around county fairs and youth livestock shows, chances are you feel the same way I do about this time of year. It’s truly my FAVORITE and nothing makes me happier than spending time at a fair or youth livestock show and watching kids proudly show off their projects. I have an observation and I want to talk about it. Many parents and adult volunteers say a phrase (a lot) out at the fair…and I’m not...

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The Flooding Community

To those of us in agriculture, it comes as no surprise that Mother Nature can be many things. She can be loving, heartwarming, sensitive, and a sunny day. She can also be cruel, heartless, destructive, and flood waters. Sometimes all in the same week! So far, 2019 has been no exception to this rule. Wildfires, tornadoes, and flooding have swept across the Midwest and other parts of the United States. Here in Mid-Missouri, flooding has been a large topic of conversation for almost a month now. MANY fields are completely underwater and farmers are feeling the stress of getting their crop in the ground to hopefully make something of this unfortunate year. My friend Brooke Evans and her family make...

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Go Smell a Hay Bale

Yes, you read that title right. Hang with me, it’ll make LOADS of sense, I promise! I won’t lie to you: the past week (or maybe even two weeks?) my inspiration and drive have been lacking in a big way. To be honest, this is the first time that this has happened since I started this business. The Farm Story was born out of pure love, fire, passion, and drive to change the world. For the last six months, the thought that God put me on this earth to help tell the story of the agricultural industry and to create community within it has made me jump out of bed (most) mornings. ;) (Again, I won’t lie, I’m not much...

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