Archive for March 2012

Butler Ag Showcase

March 28, 2012

You’re invited to be our guest as we open our doors to showcase the personalities behind the POWER of the Butler Agriculture Program.

Take a tour of our recently renovated facilities and get acquainted with the nationally acclaimed students behind the power of Butler’s  agriculture program with demonstration stations throughout the building.

Thursday, March 29 ** Free to all that attend!

5-6 pm Open House & Tours

6:15 pm Heavy Hors D’oeurves

7-8 pm Student Demos

For additional information, contact Elissa Mullinix or (316) 322-3309

The Best Plane Ride Ever

March 20, 2012

So last week, in support of my younger brother, I flew down from Wichita to Houston to watch him show at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Even though my flight was delayed an hour (thanks a lot mother nature!) and even though the airlines somehow managed to send and leave my bags in Atlanta….it was still the MOST AWESOME plane ride ever.

Why?? You ask??

Well, it all started when I sat down next to a four-year old little girl and her mother. The young girl was reading a book about cows! I asked her all about cows and told her that I even raised them! She loved that! THEN about half-way through the plane ride I heard these two women in the seat behind me discussing their decisions to go vegan.

Oh boy. They sat way too near an agriculturalist to get away with that!

So I turned around and simply asked “Are you two going vegan?” they replied yes and the conversation began! It turns out that these two women had never even met before in their lives! I learned that both of them were trying to lose weight, and they had BOTH gone to two DIFFERENT nutritionists and BOTH their nutritionists had recommended that the healthiest lifestyle possible was going vegan!!! I was in shock! The women went on to tell me that they both loved steaks, cheese, milk, etc. but they were desperate to lose weight and steaks and cheese would prohibit that! I quickly informed them that there are 29 lean cuts of beef that a diet can have, and that I eat meat every day and still only weigh 125 pounds! (I think that got my point across!) I gave them websites with great beef recipes and wished them the best of luck!

So! Fellow agriculturalists, it CAN be done! Informing the public can start with one simple question! Best of luck….happy informing!

National Agriculture Day – How will you celebrate?

March 8, 2012

Happy National Agriculture Day everyone!!

Today, March 8th, is a great day for farmers and consumers alike! As producers it’s a reminder that all of your hard work and dedication towards producing food and fiber for our country is worth it. It’s a day to recognize the passion of those striving for the success of agriculture. For consumers, National Agriculture Day is a way for them to appreciate what producers do, and just how important their job truly is!

So how will you celebrate?

If you’re a farmer I challenge you to find new ways to connect to the consumer. Whether that’s writing a blog or just talking to someone in the grocery story is up to you! If you’re a consumer I challenge you to strive to realize the importance of agriculture in your every day lives.

Diane Gress, the winner of the National Agriculture Day Video Essay Contest, does a great job at describing what our country is facing in food production.

Visit to learn more about how you can celebrate National Agriculture Day!