Tailgate Talk - January 2018

January 8, 2018 10:07 AM
What A Day: Cut Too Close for Comfort

What A Day: Cut Too Close for Comfort

When cutting a channel to drain the pond, the operator got too close to the edge and his excavator slid down the bank into the muck.

If you’ve had one of those days—or captured someone else’s—we’d love to share it with our readers. Email images to whataday@farmjournal.com or hashtag #FJWhatADay on Twitter and Instagram.

Star Wars: The Last Farmer

Luke Skywalker might be the last Jedi, but he could also be the last farmer in a galaxy far, far away. The latest Star Wars movie, “The Last Jedi,” recently opened in theaters, and it has us reflecting about how the Star Wars universe links to agriculture.

Top of the list is Luke Skywalker, who happens to be one of the most famous farm boys in the galaxy. He grew up on his aunt and uncle’s moisture farm on the desert planet of Tatooine. Skywalker took the work ethic he learned on the farm with him across space to help bring balance to the force as a Jedi.

Being called a “nerf herder” might have been a put-down for Han Solo, but it is an occupation similar to Earth’s cowboys who take care of cattle instead of nerfs. Calling someone a “moof milker” is another way to question someone’s intelligence. Moof are similar to cattle in that they have a thick hide, hoofed feet and produce milk. We’re not sure if a moof says “moo” or how to milk one. Speaking of milk, blue milk has been seen in the Star War universe on Outer Rim planets such as Tatooine. It is said the blue milk comes from female banthas, which resemble a yak. May the “farm” be with you!

Stat Rack

The future looks bright for recent college graduates with agricultural degrees.

The number of high-skilled job openings available annually in the food, agriculture, renewable natural resources and environment fields

The number of available ag jobs that go unfilled each year

Of the opportunities are in ag business and management

Of the opportunities are in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)

Of the opportunities are in food and biomaterials production

Of the opportunities are in education, communication and governmental services

Sources: USDA; Purdue University

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