As children build snowmen and parents curse the wind while clearing snow off their vehicles, farmers and ranchers are making sure their animals stay comfortable.
Farmers know people are hungry to know more about how food gets from the farm to the fork.
I love agriculture and I love sharing my passion for this industry, so why not combine the two? That turned out to be a great decision.
We’ve all heard the word sustainability, but what does it really mean? For farmers and ranchers, it’s a promise to future generations.
1. Scary Food Myth: Today’s farm animals are raised on “factory farms” in poor conditions. Truth: Many of today’s farms may be larger than farms of the past, but the farms are also have better animal care practices, enhanced nutrition and housing. Indoor housing protects animals from predators, disease and extreme weather. Modern housing is well-ventilated, temperature-controlled and scientifically designed to meet an animal’s specific needs.
As I took the time to think of all the reasons I’m grateful for farmers, I realized most of them centered around the sacrifices farmers make in putting others – especially their livestock – before themselves.
Hands-on experience is one of the best ways to learn about agriculture!
Even when you feel outnumbered by those who carry more experience than you: speak up!
I am constantly reminded how lucky I am to have found an interest in animal agriculture; the work itself is great, but the people are even better.
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