Happy National Ag Day! This day, and actually this whole week, is dedicated to celebrating agriculture and the people who are involved in that industry. It helps bring awareness to consumers about where their food, fuel, and fiber comes from and helps them understand how farmers are providing safe, abundant, and affordable products that they use and eat every day.
I thought it was fitting that today, on National Ag Day, a good friend of mine from college brought her three little girls out to our farm over lunch to see the baby calves. They are 4, 2, and almost 1 (not pictured) and this was their first time seeing cows and baby calves up close. The boys showed them some new calves, one was just born about 20 minutes before we got out there, and of course they had to sit on a tractor for a quick picture!
We enjoyed having our friends out to the farm to show them the cattle. Hopefully we can get them back out this spring or fall to ride in the tractor or combine! They would love that!
We’re not the only farmers that like to talk about agriculture and where our food comes from! I’m part of a wonderful grassroots organization called CommonGround. Our goal is to talk to consumers about our family farms and answer any questions they have. We want to be a resource for them to use if they have any questions about their food and how it is grown and raised. The CommonGround website is full of information about many of the major food topics that are on the minds of consumers today. You can also find a list of CommonGround volunteers from across the United States. We all come from different types of farms such as row crops, vegetables, dairy, sheep, turkey, cattle, pigs, organic, and conventional. If you have a question about agriculture, farming, or your food, then I’m sure we have a volunteer that has the answer for you!
Most of us are on social media of some kind and a lot of the volunteers also have their own blog. Below is a list of just some of the 130+ volunteers. I have listed the types of crops and/or livestock that they raise along with a link to their blog or other social media platform. These ladies are a wealth of knowledge and would love to talk to you about their farms!
Leanne from central Kentucky--Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Pigs--Florida Girl on the Farm
LaVell from northeast Kansas--Corn & Soybeans--Growing For Tomorrow
Amy from eastern North Carolina--Grass-fed Cattle Producer & Meat Processor--NC Meat Mom
Krista from Washington--First Generation Dairy Farmer--The Farmer's Wifee
Wanda from Minnesota--Pigs, Corn & Soybeans--Minnesota Farm Living
Joan from Nebraska--Cattle Feeding & Row Crops--Dust in My Coffee
Val from north central Iowa--Corn, Soybeans, & Pigs--Corn, Beans, Pigs, and Kids
Morgan from South Dakota--Corn, Soybeans, Alfalfa, & Beef Cattle--South Dakota Farm Wife
Kelsey from eastern Colorado--Beef Cattle--Ag on the Forefront
Julie from Iowa--Corn & Soybeans--Farm Eats City Streets
Barbara from Michigan--Dairy Farmer--Farm Barbie
Susan from Nebraska--Sheep, 4-H Pigs, & Cattle--FireFighter89 on Twitter
Ashley from Michigan--Dairy Farmer--Messy Kennedy
Jennifer from the Eastern Shore of Maryland--Grains, Fruits, & Vegetables--The Foodie Farmer
Kelly--Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, & Livestock--Daddy's Tractor
Carol from southern Minnesota--Purebred Southdown Sheep, Hay, & Eggs--Davis Livestock on Facebook
Celeste from western Kentucky--Beef Cattle & Show Pigs--Celeste Harned-A Farm Mom's Perspective
Nicole from Iowa--Corn, Soybeans, Pigs, & Cow/Calf--Farm Girl Facts of Life
Kristin from Ohio--Sheep, Poultry, & Hay--Local Food Mom
Katie from Iowa--Turkey Farm--On the Banks of Squaw Creek
Bekah from Wisconsin--Corn & Soybeans--Cooped Up Creativity
Jill from Iowa--Corn, Soybeans, & Cattle--Corn Fields and Tractor Wheels
Peggy from South Dakota--Pigs, Cow/Calf, Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, & Alfalfa--Greenway Pork on Twitter
Diane from Nebraska--Yellow & White Corn, Soybeans, Alfalfa, Wheat, Milo, & Cow/Calf--Real Farmwife on the County Line
Sondra from Colorado--Certified Organic Sugar Beets, Corn, Wheat, Confectional Sunflowers, Barley, & Alfalfa--Sondra Pierce on Twitter
Dawn from Nebraska--Cattle, Corn, Wheat, Soybeans, & Milo--Lady of Ag
Suzanne from Kentucky--Fruits & Vegetables--Cecil Farms PD on Facebook
Stephanie from northwest Iowa--Corn & Soybeans--Iowa Farm Life on Facebook
Suzanne from northeast Iowa--Corn & Soybeans--2 Farmers and Their 3 Sprouts on Facebook
Vanessa from North Dakota--Soybeans, Corn, & Sugar Beets--TMVanND on Twitter
I hope you have a fantastic National Ag Day!