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Welcome to the Farm!

May 7, 2012

What better way is there to promote agriculture then to bring people to an actual farm? Well, that’s exactly what my family did when my mom invited everyone from her department at work to visit the farm after their annual meeting, held at our house last month.  My mom, who works at the Marshfield Clinic (just about 20 miles from our farm) in the Clinic Implementation & Training Department said that surprisingly, even in Central, WI there are people who work with her that have never visited a farm. She knew then, that it was a great idea to let them take a tour of the milking parlor, the free-stall barn and the calf barn at Merryvale Farms.

I am proud to say that the employees of Marshfield Clinic loved the farm and really enjoyed their farm tour! Below are some pictures from the day. Enjoy!

6 Easy Ways You Can Promote Agriculture

May 6, 2012

1. When engaging in conversations with neighbors or strangers, make a point to slip in the fact that you are a farmer or have a farming background.  Chances are they will be curious to learn.  Use that opportunity to educate them about farming and agriculture.

2. Say you meet someone really fascinated by the fact that you are a farmer.  Invite them to visit your farm! To some people, farms are like a whole different continent.  They know from pictures and stories what they are supposed to be like, but they don’t really understand it until they visit.

3. Speak at a local school about what you do.  The kids will love it!  If you want to go even a step further, you could offer to host a field trip on your farm.  The kids will love that even more.

4. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper, explaining all that you do to provide the nation’s food supply.  Do so especially if there’s a negative story in the press.

5. Provide dinner for a local charity event.  Show your community how much you care while providing them with safe and nutritious food that you helped produce.

6. Support your local FFA and 4-H programs — there’s no better way to ensure that agriculture will have future leaders to produce our nation’s food supply and to promote agriculture for years to come.

 

Real Farmers. Real Food. Ag Day on Campus Photos

May 1, 2012

It’s been about a week since the UW-Madison Ag Day on Campus. It was a great day! The students loved the free string cheese, enjoyed taking pictures with the tractor and hopefully learned a little bit about agriculture!

Take a look at a few pictures from the event below. If you would like to see more, visit the Ag Day on Campus facebook page!

UW-Madison Ag Day on Campus

April 24, 2012

Here at UW-Madison, we have a great group of students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences that support and appreciate agriculture. But can we say that for the rest of the campus? Probably not, seeing as many students on the Southeast side of campus don’t even know there is a dairy farm on campus!

That is why UW-Madison Collegiate Farm Bureau decided to start Ag Day on Campus last year to promote agriculture to UW-Madison students.

In it’s second year, Ag Day on Campus will be bigger and better! The event will take place on Wednesday, April 25 on Library Mall. Collegiate Farm Bureau members will be passing out free string cheese to people passing by on Library Mall. There will be educational displays, a tractor to take a picture with, and friendly ag faces!

This year’s theme is “Real Farmers. Real Food.” Collegiate Farm Bureau will be displaying that message as well as three other key agricultural messages:

“Eating is an agricultural act.”
“99% of Wisconsin farms are family owned.”
“The average U.S. farmer feeds 155 people.”

Please visit UW-Madison Ag Day on Campus on facebook and follow the event on twitter!

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National Agri-Marketing Association Marketing Team Competition

April 21, 2012

Hey everyone! I’m back again from a trip to Kansas City, MO for the NAMA (National Agri-Marketing Association) Convention. I competed in the Marketing Team competition with my fellow UW-Madison students.  We had a great week and ended up being 4th place over 29 teams!

UW-Madison NAMA Marketing Team and advisor with their product, Easy AI.

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Breakfast on the Farm

April 16, 2012

Yesterday was the UW-Madison Association of Women in Agriculture‘s (AWA) 17th Annual Breakfast on the Farm! It was my fourth and final year helping out with the event.

Not only did families get a chance to enjoy a Sunday morning breakfast with pancakes, eggs, sausage, applesauce, mushrooms, milk, cheese and ice cream, but they also enjoyed live entertainment and educational exhibits at the University of Wisconsin Stock Pavilion.

There was also a petting zoo including sheep, goats, chicks, rabbits, pigs, baby calves and horses.  Kids were able to learn about the animals, learn about Wisconsin agriculture, and participate in fun activities such as coloring and planting seeds.

Even though this event was a fundraiser for AWA, it mainly focused on educating the families of Madison, WI and the surrounding area about farm life.  Breakfast on the Farm gives city people a little taste of the country with the UW farm located right next to the Stock Pavilion.

This is Chiron, a Shire and Burrito, a mini-mule! He visited Breakfast on the Farm and let kids pet his nose. He also knew a few tricks! He did not, however, give horseback rides for liability reasons.

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Musical Milk

April 12, 2012

Hi everyone! I am back from my spring break hiatus. I took a road trip down to Florida for my last spring break ever! It was a really fun vacation, but now it’s back to business.

I wanted to share this video I found recently on Pinterest. Another reason why I think Pinterest is really growing for business — this video has nothing to do with crafts, food or fitness. Take a look:

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