Growing Your Career: Why federal policy matters to agriculture
Written by Emma Likens, with the Agriculture Future of America, and new blog contributor for PorkNetwork
Emma Likens As Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.” And the same could also be said about policy making, which looks a whole lot simpler when you’re a thousand miles from Capitol Hill. Policy makers need agriculture, because farmers and related occupations provide food sources both domestically and abroad.
Agriculture needs policy, because legislation such as the Farm Bill provides insurance and subsidy programs. With such an interdependent relationship, it’s important for agriculturalists to pay attention to what’s going on in Washington because new pieces
Rural Route Writer: Protect your farm and remove the gag
Written by Wyatt Bechtel, PorkNetwork Assistant Editor
Wyatt Bechtel Flights are a great way to meet people. They are also excellent opportunities to share the story of agriculture.
During my trip to Agricultural Media Summit in Buffalo, N.Y., I met a young woman and her not quite 2-year-old son. He became quite fussy upon takeoff and was screaming for the first five minutes or so. Eventually, the toddler calmed down but he was still very anxious because this was his first time on a plane, it was also his mom's first trip on a plane.
Mom at the Meat Counter: We need more "moms on the farm"
Written by: Dr. Janeal Yancey, a meat science program technician in the animal science department at the University of Arkansas and mom blogger
Dr. Janeal Yancey In my last post on PorkNetwork, I told you about a program called, “Moms on the Farm.” To refresh your memory, we take urban moms to actual working farms so they can get a true-to-life picture of production agriculture.
We held one such tour on April 13 and the post-tour survey blew my mind. One mom said she really appreciated going into the chicken house and seeing how chickens are raised. Here in Arkansas, you see trucks hauling chickens all the time. They’re packed together pretty tightly in little crates.
This woman thought chickens lived their entire lives in those little pens she saw on the trucks going up and down the road. It gives a whole new meaning to the term, “truck farming!”