My Passion – Fast Food Farm

WHAT IS YOUR PASSION?   My passion is teaching our youth as well as adults at times about the importance of agriculture.  This time of the year ends my nine months of fulfilling my passion.  My year starts with the beginning of the spring season and ends with the end of the fall season in teaching about “Where Does Your Food Come From?”                                                        

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At the Fast Food Farm the youth become physically involved in the growing process of their food.

Through hands-on activities they learn how the weather affects the plants, and what happens to the food when it leaves the farm.   They also learn about food nutrition, food preparation, and food processing.

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In working with the Ag Science students throughout the school year I have seen them grow in leadership and character to become leaders in our community.   At the Fast Food Farm students learn how to respect the land as they discover how to cultivate and prepare the soil for planting.  

 Throughout the nine months over 5000 students are learning about “Where Does Your Food Come From?”  It is so rewarding to see our youth connect to the soil, plants, animals, and the source of their foods.

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“RICE”

As a young child, my father was a rice farmer in Crowley, Louisiana; “The Rice Capital of  America”.  Now as an adult I live in Arkansas, rice producing state.

 

Arkansas is the nation’s largest rice growing state, producing half of the nation’s rice and nearly nine billion pounds annually.  Arkansas ranks first among rice producing states. 

 

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Rice production is concentrated in the eastern half of the state.  The top five rice producing counties are Arkansas, Poinsett, Cross, Lawrence and Lonoke.  Arkansas rice is sodium, cholesterol and gluten free.  Rice has only a trace of fat and has not trans  fat or saturated fat.

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Wordless Wednesday: DC conference

Last week there were 47 farmers, ranchers and agriculturalists in town for an exciting training and networking opportunity, the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2014 State Chair Conference. Here you can see some of the group before they attended an information session at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History:

47 grassroots leaders braved the weather in DC!

47 grassroots leaders braved the weather in DC!

Engaged, Empowered and Strong

This theme for the AFB Women’s Leadership Committee program of work has shown a depth of continued commitment to preparing women as leaders. We set up training programs and conferences; Boot Camp for media and leadership training; and offer literature and educational information to help farm women from all corners of the United States – to step up and speak out for their agricultural industry. May they lead the way toward strengthening the ideals of farm families and promote a positive image of their agricultural industry to consumers.

We are proud of all the farm women leaders who have “engaged” this leadership role; who are “empowered” to represent their ideals and way of life; and who are “strong” enough to lead the way toward a better understanding for everyone of how farmers produce food, fiber and fuel for today’s world.

Thank you ladies.

FFA Leadership Conference

Pool and LoBiondo

This summer I visited Congressman Frank LoBiondo in Washington, D.C.

When I was on Capitol Hill visiting my congressman in mid-July, I saw several blue and gold jackets – these are the easily recognizable jackets of the FFA (Future Farmers of America) member’s nationwide.

From June 4 through July 21, nearly 1,800 FFA student leaders traveled to DC for a week of in-depth leadership training; identifying and developing their personal strengths as leaders of this very large agricultural education based organization.

Students will also study media and communication skills, high impact community service initiatives, and how to implement these plans back in their local school chapters.

Students also learn their purpose (as FFA members), how to value people, how to take action, and the importance of serving others.

While in DC, FFA members will experience our nation’s history, tour some capitol sites, and meet with legislators.

FFA teachers will also attend the conference, learning how to motivate and help develop their student’s leadership potential and how they can help maximize their local FFA chapters community service initiatives.

To end this conference FFA student leaders take part in a “Day of Service” in the DC area. Last year’s students volunteered and combined 9,500 hours of service for the greater Washington area food pantries.

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My son David and granddaughter Caitlyn receiving her Keystone degree from the Pennsylvania FFA

The FFA organization has been part of our family for over 60 years. My husband Owen served as New Jersey state president in 1957. Our four children served as chapter officers and John and David were state officers. Owen and all four of our kids received their American FFA Degrees with Linda going to National regional as a winner in Dairy Foods. Our granddaughters in Pennsylvania are also active in chapter and state FFA programs.

We are very proud of the learning experiences that our family has been a part of through the FFA. Thank you also to the hundreds of advisors for all their years of teaching and leadership training to help the next generation of agricultural based students become the leaders of tomorrow!

2013 Farm Bureau® Women’s Communications Boot Camp

The 2013 Farm Bureau® Women’s Communications Boot Camp will be held July 23-26 in Washington, DC. This intensive training session is for any woman who is a Farm Bureau® member and who is interested in building the skills needed to communicate for agriculture and Farm Bureau®. During the course of two days, there will be sessions on public speaking, testifying, targeting your message, working with the media and seeking elected office.

For more information on the program, and to learn how to apply, please see the attached document.