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10 Resolutions for the New Year!

We are officially 1 whole week into the New Year...did you make any New Year's resolutions?  How are they going?  Maybe you're realizing that you need some new/different ones, or maybe you are a little behind in making yours.  Either way, we have 10 resolutions for you to check out to help expand your "ag" knowledge this year!

 


1.  Learn one new thing about an agriculture farming practice


Is there something that you have heard someone mention that you weren't sure about, or wanted to know more about (no-till farming, cover crops, rotational grazing, etc.)?  Ask! 
 

2.  Try one new food or recipe with one new ingredient (Bonus points if that food or ingredient comes from your local farmer's market!)


Eating healthier is a common New Year's resolution - why not add adventurous to that!
 

3.  Then take it a step further and try your hand at fixing one whole meal with products that you can purchase at your local farmer's market!

You'd be amazed at the variety of foods available - give it a try!  And we'd love for you to share!!

4.  Have a conversation with a farmer about why they farm the way that they do.


Whether it's your neighbor down the road, a vendor at that local farmer's market, or someone that you meet, take a moment to talk to them about why they do what they do!
 

5.  Visit a livestock farm. 


While you're having that conversation, ask if you can visit!  One caveat to this, some types of farms like poultry and swine operations may or may not allow visitors because of biosecurity safety measures - farmers do everything they can to keep their animals safe from disease, so be understanding if they say no, they may have a suggestion for another type of livestock farm that you can visit!
 

6.  Visit a crop farm.


It's extra exciting if it is planting or harvesting time and you get to watch some of the big equipment in action!
 

7.  Visit a local farmer's market.


You can knock out 2, 3, and maybe even 4 while you're at it!
 

8.  Have a conversation (not a disagreement) with someone who has a different opinion than you do about a food or agriculture topic (farming practices - convetional vs. organic, grass finished vs. grain finished, food choices - vegetarian vs. meat eater, GMO vs. non-GMO, etc.)


Here's the kicker though, you need to really listen to what they have to say!  And that will give you a start on....
 

9.  Research one "hot topic" in food or food production - and thoroughly outline both sides' points.


This was a favorite activity of one of my college professors - or even better he loved to schedule debates where you had to argue for something you didn't believe in.  His reasoning?  If you have to come up with arguments to defend something you don't like/believe it helps to give a clearer overall picture...and you might just find some common ground, or an understanding that you didn't have before!  Either way, you can't have a logical, educated discussion if you don't understand both sides of the subject.
 

10.  Attend one agriculture related event this year.


It could be your county or state fair, an agricultural conference in your area, or an educational event...all of these are a great way to learn a little more about the agriculture industry, and meet some great people while you are at it!


We'd love for you to share if you commit to and do any of these!  Happy 2018!
Monday, January 08, 2018
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