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Ryan Goodman received the Alliance to Feed the Future Communicator of the Year award this past December.


The Farm Journal Forum this past December provided an opportunity for agricultural scientists, producers, business leaders and policymakers to meet and discuss the future of agricultural innovation. To honor this spirit of communication and dialogue, the Farm Journal Forum featured the inaugural presentation of the Alliance to Feed the Future Communicator of the Year award to Ryan Goodman.

The award, sponsored by the Alliance to Feed the Future and CropLife America, recognizes an outstanding communicator who is helping to balance the dialogue on modern food production.

Goodman currently works as the manager of communications for the Montana Stockgrowers Association in Helena, Mont. His passion for agriculture was instilled at an early age while growing up on his family’s cattle ranch in Arkansas. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in animal science and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in cattle reproduction and nutrition from the University of Tennessee.

Besides his work with the Stock-growers Association, Goodman shares his ranch life experiences through social media and community outreach. On an almost hourly basis, he tweets about a range of topics, both serious and amusing, which weave together to form a rich mosaic of the national agricultural landscape as seen through his eyes.

Goodman’s communication efforts are a compelling example of social media connecting young producers with each other and those who live and work in the world outside of agriculture. Goodman’s daily updates can be found on his blog, www.AgricultureProud.com, and at his Twitter handle, @AgProudRyan.


What a Day!

Slippery Field Work

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The first to jump in is the first one to sink. Field conditions were still too soft for this tractor to finish a mowing job in a Kentucky field. What’s that saying about while the sun shines? Let’s use that rule from now on.

If you’ve had one of those days—or caught someone else’s on film—we’d love to share it with our readers. E-mail high-resolution images to sbrown@farmjournal.com or mail prints to What a Day!, Farm Journal, P.O. Box 958, Mexico, MO 65265. Photos for publication will be selected on a first-come basis.


Stat Rack

The recent polar vortex that blasted much of the U.S. has winter weather top of mind:

1983 and 1989 Years that collectively boast the top four coldest days recorded since 1900 in the continental U.S., all of them during December

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Years that New York’s Central Park held a low temperature of 6° for Jan. 7, a record that ended this year with a new low of 4°

62
Consecutive hours Minneapolis-St. Paul was below zero during the January 2014 cold snap

50 Primary weather observation sites, mostly in major cities, that reported record lows on Jan. 7, 2014

40 to 60
Range of subzero wind chills experienced in much of the Midwest from Jan. 6 to 7

Jan. 6, 2014
The coldest day of the 21st century, nationally

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