The misunderstood truth about modern production
A few weeks ago, the Pipestone System was the attacked by an animal activist group: There was a video taken at a farm. I work for Pipestone System and it is devastating to know that a farm down the road in the same company was videotaped unknowingly. An employee lost a job because of it. Mercy for Animals released a video targeting Walmart and the way they produce meat. I watched the video – the group had hired actor James Cromwell to narrate the video. Of course they edited the video to make it look horrible and graphic. Somber music played... View Blog Post »
Making the most of college, Part 1
College can be the best time of your life. It is confusing, exciting, fun, scary and adventurous, all at the same time. Still, starting out in college at a big university can be overwhelming. Even though you are given a curriculum of the classes required to receive your degree, there is no manual that comes with exactly what you should do. Of course, the best way to overcome your initial fears, find friends and get connected is to participate in activities. Universities offer multiple ways to get involved: There are intramural sports, clubs, organizations, athletic events, etc. Being active gets you... View Blog Post »
Blog: Farm innovations improve worker, pig safety
Farm innovation is often overshadowed by front-page news or controversies that animal activists have brought up. We often don’t hear about the interesting things that are up and coming for pork producers. Animal agriculturists do more than promote, defend, and raise our product. Innovation is what we look for in this ever changing world. Needle-free injection technology has been in research and development for several years. Needle injection has been used to a great extent because of its low cost, but needle-free administration is becoming more prominent on farms because of pork quality assurance. There are both advantages and disadvantages to... View Blog Post »
What is agriculture's future?
“I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds - achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists.” The FFA creed is what comes to mind when I think about the future of agriculture. Agriculture is an industry that is about innovation, while maintaining the beliefs we have always had. ”I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those... View Blog Post »
Are ag colleges preparing students for the work world?
Are colleges giving their students the education and tools needed for the workforce? It was something I worried about before starting my job. I was worried about how much money I had spent on going to college and if it really did pay off in the end. I have been working at my job now for about two months and I must say that I feel I received the perfect amount of education from Iowa State. I have enough knowledge to know what is going on and why it is happening. I took a swine systems management class that helped us focus... View Blog Post »
I think of where I am today and how I got here. When I was in high school I changed my mind a million times of what I wanted to do. I wanted to be a lawyer, a pharmacist, a sales representative, and the list goes on. I always wanted to do something that would matter and help others in some way. I chose agriculture because it has been what my family is involved in. My great grandpa, grandpa, and father were all farriers. My two older sisters work in the agriculture industry. When I was younger I always looked up... View Blog Post »
Jobs in agriculture
As a recent college graduate and recent hire to an agricultural company, I know how nerve wracking it can be to worry about finding a job. While I was on my job search, I had peace of mind knowing that I was receiving a degree in agriculture and that this large industry had plenty of jobs to offer. We all remember the recent Yahoo article, claiming that a degree in agriculture was useless. I have no idea what would possess someone to publish such an article. People need to eat, have clothes, use fuel, etc. Agriculture is the basis of... View Blog Post »
Misdirected "spokespeople" hurt agriculture
I saw a post on Twitter recently from a celebrity (Kaley Cuoco), which said people need to take action and stop the Farm Bill and the King Amendment. Of course, it was an endorsement for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). As I clicked on the link and read about the King Amendment, it became clear to me that movie stars should not be spokespeople for what agriculturists do. There are some things in the King Amendment that I do not agree with, but there are things in this bill that allow us to be a top producing... View Blog Post »
Polish learnings epilogue
I was apprehensive about coming to Poland and doing a project with someone who had opposite beliefs and opinions from mine. I love the industry I work for and I want to be an advocate for pork production. In passing emails before I left, my partner explained to me that she believes pigs should not be raised for meat consumption. That sent up a red flag for me and I was very nervous about doing a project with her related to animal welfare. She is from Poland and they have a different standard of animal production than we do. She... View Blog Post »
I have been in Poland for two weeks now. We have visited various types of farms in addition to a Cargill wheat plant. People at the plant told us how they process the wheat into gluten, animal feed and ethanol. We discussed the fact that the European Union does not allow genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and two facility employees said that GMOs will cause you to grow another leg! That statement blew me away. In the United States, more than 85 percent of our row crops are planted with GMO seed. We have been using genetically modified organisms to maximize land... View Blog Post »
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