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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!




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.



The Fine Line Between Creativity and Stupidity…

April 26, 2011

Part of the college experience is overcoming obstacles. Sometimes those obstacles include creatively using something in the place of something you don’t have. You know, like when you bake a birthday cake and then can’t find matches or a lighter. What fun is a birthday cake with no candles to blow out??

Just last night at the Towanda residence a birthday cake was made for Kallie’s birthday (even though her b-day was Sunday!), and of course there was a disappointing absence of candle-lighting-devices in the house. But did that stop us from getting those candles lit?? Most certainly not! Not when you have things lying around like a stove top and an old phonebook! 🙂

Here is just the beginning - you can see candles have been successfully placed on the cake, and the burner is red-hot (literally!) and ready to go! I believe somewhere out of the picture Sarah is tearing a page out of an old Yellowbook.

The phonebook page is successfully on fire and now being used to light one of the candles in order to light the rest of them.

Sure looks like teamwork to me!

SUCCESS!!! (and the house is still standing!! no firemen necessary!!)

Finally, Kallie gets to destroy our hard work and blow all the candles out. (I'll let you in on a secret - she wasn't very successful 🙂 these candles are the kind that keep on burning no matter how hard you try to blow them out!)

Complete Success!

Who says you can't have your cake and eat is too? In our case, we decided plates weren't necessary - who really wants to pay for the water and soap to wash them anyways!

So we successfully made Kallie her birthday cake – complete with burning candles. Now, was lighting a piece of paper on fire with the stove the smartest way to light the candles? Oh probably not – but hey it worked and the house didn’t burn down! We’ll let you decide whether we were truly on the “creative and genius” side of the line or the “stupid and lucky” side of the line.

Open House Overview

April 15, 2011

 Ag Department Hosted Open House, Greg Lee,Tyson, as Speaker

We hope you enjoyed the Butler Ag’s Open House last night! It was a great time of education, fellowship and friends.

Folks had the privilege of listening to Tyson’s former chief, Greg Lee. The ag students were treated to a more personal information/question session before the evening’s events got underway. Mr. Lee spoke his time in the meat industry, the changes he saw and events he experienced. He also answered questions from the crowed and was available all evening to chat one-on-one.

Classrooms were set up to showcase various aspects of the ag program and industry. Areas of focus were ag communications/journalism, by-products, grain/equipment identification and livestock judging. Students were present to conduct classrooms, answer questions, give tours and simply chat with the visitors.

We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of those who made the event possible. A special “Thanks’ goes out to American Ag Credit, who was a major sponsor for the evening. We hope everyone in attendance had as much fun as we did!

For more pictures from the evening’s events, feel free to visit Butler’s Flickr page HERE.

Shake That Thing

April 4, 2011

Kick your week off with a good laugh! I love this video because A) The song is catchy. B) It shows that milkshakes come from cows. C) It is just really, REALLY hilarious and I laugh every time I watch it!

What are your favorite commercials? “Comment” and post the link!

Voices of Ag: Connecting the Dots

March 3, 2011

Since I grew up in the agricultural industry, I am often given the opportunity to speak on behalf of the rural community when friends, classmates and co-workers who grew up with an urban lifestyle start asking questions.

I always look forward to these conversations for a couple of reasons. 1) I love tell my story because I am proud of where I come from. 2) I love helping them connect the dots to how they are connected to agriculture (food, clothes, by-products, etc.) 3) I love seeing their faces light up when you have explained production practices in a way that they approve of and want to know more about.

The American Angus Association has been producing a series called “I Am Angus”, and this week the latest segment aired. It was nothing short of awesome. I especially liked when Butler Alumni, Chelsea Good, shared her story about growing up and moving into ag law, and how she has opportunities everyday to advocate for us.

Temple Grandin was also featured on the episode. If you are not familiar with who this woman is, here are a few highlights of her resume:

  • World-renowned animal behaviorist
  • Reshaped livestock handling practices
  • Revolutionized harvest plants
  • Just recently included in Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People”

And the most amazing part about it? Ms. Grandin is autistic. She of all people had the excuse to sit back and not do anything, but that’s just not how she is. See for yourself:

***I Am Angus is produced by API Creative Media.