Posted tagged ‘Agriculture’

Hi I’m Dyson;)

January 30, 2013

Hello everyone my name is Dyson Runyan and I am from a small town in Oklahoma called Madill. I am a freshman at Butler Community College and am on the Livestock Evaluation Team where we rank livestock based on traits we deem is important to us (agriculturists) and the consumer (you.) I once thought it was my destiny to serve the Oklahoma FFA Association as a State FFA Officer, but as we all know dreams change, and we are forced to make decisions that we hope we would never have to make. And yes, If you are aware of the Process you have to go through in FFA to become a State FFA OFficer you are aware of the time and dedication it takes to become one. I thought I was ready and willing to become the best officer anyone could ever be, but guess what? God had other plans, God decided that I needed to be at Butler for a specific reason, the reason why… I still don’t know. All I know is that I have met another family. I consider all of my teammates as a brother, sister, and friend. I value all the relationships that I have made in the year at Butler greatly, as well as the ones to come. I have shown and raised pigs since I was 9 years old. I know that everyone thinks that pigs stink and that they are mistreated. But I can assure you, my pigs get treated like kings and queens, and over the next couple of years I will try to prove to you that my pigs are happy as can be. I will show you the inside looks of a Swine Farmer!! Yes i know it doesn’t seem that exciting but wait till you see how cute the babies are! Everyone will want to take one home after you see them! I hope everyone who reads this takes agriculture seriously because believe it or not, no matter your beliefs, if you eat your involved in agriculture. My purpose is to be an advocate for agriculture and to have fun while doing it, like letting you all see the insides of a small, country, swine farm!


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!




Are you Satisfied With Your Dash?

February 20, 2012

I wanted to share with you all the poem that was read this past weekend at Uncle Don (Dr. Don L. Good’s) funeral.   The weekend was very much a celebration of a life well lived.  You could say that Don made the most of his dash. 

As we left Manhattan to come home I reflected on the poem.  Too often we wait to get involved in school or community activities, or are too busy to notice others around us.  It’s easy to identify problems we encounter, but takes more effort to be a part of the solution.  We may be focused on training for the next big step, feeling like in the meantime our life is on hold.  What we forget (at least I do at times) is that everyday is a part of our DASH.   Please take a minute, read the poem by Linda Ellis, and ask yourself if you’re satisfied with your dash.  If not, today is the day to start filling in the stories of your dash.

 The Dash
by Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
from the beginning…to the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth
and spoke of the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
that she spent alive on earth…
and now only those who loved her
know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own;
the cars….the house…the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard…
are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left.
(You could be at “dash midrange.”)

If we could just slow down enough
to consider what’s true and real,
and always try to understand
the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger,
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,
and more often wear a smile…
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy’s being read
with your life’s actions to rehash…
would you be proud of the things they
say about how you spend your dash?

The Future of Farm Kids

January 25, 2012

I’m sure many of our blog readers have heard about the new proposals from the U.S. Department of Labor. My Facebook blew up with frustration when they were announced! If you haven’t heard, please take a moment to watch this great video my friend Courtenay DeHoff created.

I’ve lived on a farm my entire life and I truly believe that if something like this had been passed when I was a kid I would be a changed person today! My summers weren’t spent at the pool or on vacation, I was in the barn working hard to take care of my livestock. These activities have had such an influence on my personal character and ultimately pushed me to pursue a degree in agriculture. We all know owning a farm and working in agriculture isn’t always the highest paying avenue, but we do it because we LOVE it, because we love the lifestyle we were raised in. I would hate to see the lives of millions of farm kids so dramatically changed because a few politicians thought farm work was too dangerous.



Pinterest Agvocacy

December 30, 2011

So I recently joined the Pinterest “addiction” and I’ve been hooked ever since! It’s rather new but has quickly become popular, at least in my circle of friends. I have seen many Facebook statuses stating “Pinterest is so addicting!!” Warning: this is very very true.

Alright so for those of you who aren’t familiar, here’s my explanation. Pinterest is a website that helps you manage ideas – a virtual pinboard. It lets you organize and share ideas you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes. You can also find your friends and browse their pinboards!

But before you go searching for your perfect wedding dress consider this. Could this be another great way to advocate for agriculture? Besides pinning the things you like, you also have the power to create a new pin that will dive into the world of Pinterest. A few of my friends have already started.

Crystal Young pinned a link to her blog where she wrote about her opinion of Meatless Mondays.

Meatless Mondays

I also found this pin..

Which led me to the I Love Farmers…They Feed My Soul website.

Linking to your favorite agriculture websites or blogs is just a simple, quick way to get agriculture in the minds of your family and friends.

Or maybe you’re just looking for a new pair of boots and turquoise jewelry 🙂 Pinterest can help with that too..

Follow me, Paige Wallace, and many other Butler bloggers to see how we agvocate!




The American Royal

November 3, 2011

It was that time of the year, the end of October. Livestock judgers from across the country had migrated to Kansas City to compete in the American Royal; as always, Butler was a part of the group! After many months of preparation we were ready to conquer our nerves and compete in our first national contest.

We began our experience at the Royal by attending the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, Speed Meet Workshop held Thursday evening. Industry experts from across the country gathered to share their experiences and answer any questions we had. Other attendees included Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Arkansas, and Missouri. This was the second annual opportunity for students to meet with professionals, and the evening was easily a success. Thank you to all of the volunteers who participated in and put on the event!

And now for the main event! After was all said and done, the results were as follows.

Butler CC: 3rd Overall Team, Team Members: Maverick Squires, Taylor Graham, Alyson Moore, Kinzie Selke, and Jared Wynn.

Cattle: 1st, Reasons: 1st, Sheep and Goats: 3rd, Swine: 6th

Individual Results:

Maverick Squires, 1st Overall Individual. 1st in Cattle and Reasons, 3rd in Swine and Sheep and Goats.

Taylor Graham, 8th in Reasons

Jared Wynn, 5th in Reasons

Alyson Moore, 7th in Cattle

2011-2012 Butler Livestock Judging Team at the American Royal

Congratulations to all who competed, we look forward to our next contest, NAILE in Louisville! See you there in just a couple weeks!

7 billion thanks

October 31, 2011

7,000,000,000 – that’s a pretty big number!! But just how big is it?? According to CNN:

*7 billion seconds ago, the year was 1789, the year George Washington was inaugurated as the first United States President.

*If a person takes 7 billion steps around the equator (at 2 feet per step), they could walk around the Earth at least 106 times.

*Suppose there were 7 billion thimbles filled with water, they could fill up over 5 Olympic sized swimming pools.

*If 7 billion people were stacked on top of each other (considering an average height is 5 feet, including children) they could reach the moon 27 times!

*7 billion ants (at 3 milligrams each) would weigh 23 tons!!!

*And oh yeah, you share the Earth with 7 billion other people.

As many of you may have previously heard, today – Monday, October 31, 2011 – the world population hit seven billion.

Doctors and researchers are already wondering how every child’s basic needs are going to be met! Will there be food, clean water, shelter, education and a decent life? In case you haven’t heard, Mexico’s streets aren’t paved with gold and not everyone has a stainless steel kitchen sink to supply fresh, clean, running water, nor the capabilities to attend school daily and learn about reading, writing and arithmetic.  Now, I can’t speak for every issue, but what I do know is food. And, that’s not just because I love to eat it, but more the fact – I produce it!!!

Now more than ever, farmers, especially American farmers are feeling the pressure to supply not only the great USA but also the world with food. And, I’d say with less than 2% of the American population in the production industry still feeding 100% of Americans….they’re doing a pretty good job!!

So today, instead of focusing on worldly problems, or worrying about tomorrow, instead take the time to thank a farmer!! Thank a farmer for the wheat in your bread to the cotton in your clothes! Thank a farmer for the daily, timeless dedication they spend working their fields and tending the crops. Thank a farmer for going the extra mile to ensure the safest, most affordable and most abundant food supply in the 7  billion world!

Big Kid School is for Cute New T-shirts!

September 6, 2011

Long gone are those beautiful days where I could attend class and every one of my teachers would know my name by the second week.

Long gone are the days when I could walk to class in two minutes (however also long gone is that pesky Freshmen 15!!!)

Long gone are those beautiful days when you didn’t have a test/quiz in two different ag classes on the same day because you had one teacher for all of your ag classes and she wouldn’t give you a double whammy (Thank you SO much for that Elissa.. you were an angel).

Long gone are those beautiful days when your Spanish teacher would talk to you in English and you actually knew what was going down in class (Thank you SO much for that M.. you’re the bomb).

Long gone are those beautiful Butler days.


Say HELLOOO to cute new t-shirts at K-State!

It seems like for EVERY single club/organization you join there are t-shirts that are either required or “strongly suggested”. And I have the hottest new supermodels on this season’s runways to show them off!

Here is the hotty-toddy Analena showing off her love for beef… particularly K-State beef! Analena enjoys long walks on the beach and helping her friends with their Chemistry homework.











Here is hot mama-cita Megan. She is very active in her sorority, Sigma Alpha. Sigma Alpha is a professional ag sorority. Megan loves Red Diamond Sweet Tea and her new iPad. 

Pictured above is Hannah and Sarah. They embrace their differences and stand for world peace and equality among mankind.

And then of course there is always the option to “Be You. Be Greek” along with 546y47463829 other girls on the KSU campus. Not only does joining a sorority give you that “special bond” that only sisterhood can, but you also get to invest in about 36 new t-shirts each semester!

But this is by FAR the best t-shirt I have gotten yet. It is my new Train shirt from the most perfect, amazing and magical night of my life!!! (translation: I got to see Train in Kansas City this past weekend!!!) My life is now complete.



Super Crazy- Hectic- No Sleep- Pull Your Hair Out Harvest

June 14, 2011

In the ag world, there are months that are super crazy- hectic- no sleep- pull your hair out busy, and then all the other months are regular busy.

Either way, an agriculturist’s work is never done.

June marks one of those  super crazy- hectic- no sleep- pull your hair out busy months because of wheat harvest. And when I came home this weekend from my big girl internship in the city, we were right in the thick of it all.

So I whipped out my hand dandy phone to snap some photos for y’all!

Here the combine is cutting the wheat.

Here is a photo taken from inside the tractor. The combine is unloading the wheat into the grain buggy that my dad and I are in. (Yes, I realize it isn’t that great of a picture- however, between the tight cab space the not-so-smooth ride, I was lucky to even get something other than a giant blur)

Here you can see the grain buggy into the semi. The wheat will be stored in a grain bin until my dad has time to haul it to the port in Oklahoma.

The ‘stems’ of the wheat is actually straw. So, here Ethan is bailing it into those round bales you see. He stayed up until 2 am doing this so that all the straw would be off the ground before it rained.

Even if you have never been involved with harvest first hand, you can’t deny how pretty it all is 🙂

Carpe Diem… PCB ’11.

June 5, 2011

Holy Cow time has flown!

First of all, Butler graduation took place a few weeks ago.

Here are the people who walked in the afternoon ceremony, pictured with Chris and Elissa as well. The ceremony was nice and snappy, the speaker was inspirational and the food at Willie’s afterwards was scrumptious as expected.


A few of the girls decided to decorate  our hats to showcase our personalities. They looked simply splendid, if I may say so myself 🙂 And then of course Summer has to be started off the right way- at the beach! After spending a few days at my boy’s house in Alabama, my roommates Sarah, Kallie, Sarah’s friend Emilia and I all headed to Panama City Beach for our 2nd annual beach extravaganza.

It was kinda amazing, and it’s okay to be jealous.

We even reped the Ag Ambassadors proudly when we met this cat.


He was convinced that traditionally produced beef and milk was bad for you. He had been misinformed by publications that the media releases. He was under the impression that only organically produced food was safe and healthy. GOOD THING we were on the beach and could let him know what’s up. We should go to the beach every weekend to straighten out more confused souls.


But seriously, situations like this are the perfect example of why it is so important to always be equipped with correct facts and figures.


Speaking of food….


We ate at all these AHH-MAAA-ZINGGG places, several of which served Certified Angus Beef. (Sorry, had to slip in that plug there). If you are ever in PCB consider these places. I pinky promise you won’t be disappointed.

  • “Salt Water Grill” is just another way to say “Some of the Bestest Food in the Whole Wide World”. And they had a huge aquarium.
  • After being voted a favorite last year, Captain Anderson’s was back by popular demand.
  • The Shrimp Boat. Now this was the place to be. It had real, live crabs swimming around below the dock in their natural habitat.
And then, over to our right (or left, depending on which side of the table you were sitting on), there was a man… with a KU shirt on. Now, while I would normally turn my nose up at such a sight, this time was an exception. Being the only Kansan in the South with three Georgia Peaches, when you find another fellow Kansan, it is critical you stick together……
So, I did what any sane red blooded American would do… I ran across the restaurant (no worries, it was a casual lunch establishment) and asked if I could get a picture with him. After all, he was the only sign of the Midwest I had seen all week.
We all told ourselves he was flattered.
Needless to say, we had a great time, enjoyed beautiful weather, ate delicious food, and even spoke on the ag industry’s behalf. I would say this vacay was a great success. 🙂