Apr 13, 2010
Over the weekend, I traded the Illinois Prairie for the Rocky Mountains. Women farmers, ranchers and agriculture business women from across the United States gathered for a bi-annual meeting with the American Agri-Women.
At the Mid-Year meeting, we were blessed to hear from very knowledgeable and energetic speakers that could kindle anyone’s spirit. Here is a small portion of what I learned:
GB Oliver, III-Paragon Foundation “Property Rights Under Siege”
- U.S. Constitution dictates that the Federal Government cannot own Federal lands
- Question Authority and Jurisdiction always
- Never be the Victim
Jacquie Masten, representative from NCBA- Advocating for Agriculture:
- Farmers and Ranchers need to build their own trust bank.
- Anti-Ag groups support each other. Each group will promote the others information by reposting smart media communications and linking each other’s website to catch consumers in their web.
- Top groups' resources with goal opposite of agriculture: Consumer Union $233million, HSUS $224million, Sierra Club $81 million, Greenpeace $40 million, and PETA$31 million
- It is important to have documented facts when responding to attacks about agriculture. Utilize well documented sites like www.explorebeef.org
- Unlike PETA, farmers and ranchers can protest with their clothes on.
Amanda Nolz, Freelance Writer – Smart Media
- When using Smart Media 1)Be Transparent 2) Welcome Dialogue 3) Expand on Comments 4) Keep Smiling
- Personal Stories is the key
- Never let “Anyone Rain on Your Parade"
Perhaps the real learning came from walking in the shoes of other agriculture producers. Agriculture as a nation is so diverse. Everyone has her own story to tell and battles to conquer. I feel strongly that farmers or ranchers should adventure out and explore other agriculture regions, states, or countries. Finding common ground and putting differences aside is not only an important life lesson but also necessary to ensure the next generation will be able to farm.