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Challenge Friday–Denim

Guess where I am today?

Ok well, some of you will say Maddee, I have no idea…and others will respond ummm Texas?

I am gypsy by nature.

But yes Texas is the correct answer, and today I am working the Texas Cotton Ginners Association Annual Meeting and Trade Show here in Lubbock.

Growing up in Oregon, we don’t produce cotton in that part of the country. Needless to say the first time I saw a cotton module I had no clue what it was. As an intern for Plains Cotton Cooperative Association (PCCA) it has been an eye opening experience.

Cotton module still in the field

Today’s Challenge is about all that cotton to you likely wear all the time!

Denim! Is the name of the game around our office as we sell SAFEDenim Jeans out of the Lubbock headquarters. SAFEDenim stands for Sustainable, American, and Friendly to the Environment.

These jeans are produced with all-American grown cotton, which is grown in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and New Mexico. The cotton is then ginned, and sold a lot of the time to the denim mill (American Cotton Growers) in Littlefield, Texas where it is turned into denim. The jeans are made at the PCCA facility Denimatrix in Guatemala.

Sampling of the All American All Cotton University Branded Jeans

So the challenge, find out where your jeans are made and maybe they trace back to West Texas cotton!

My favorite brand of jeans is Big Star, which utilizes Denim from ACG and then produces the jeans in Los Angels. An all American product helps me justify spending XXX.XX on a pair of jeans.

This video shows how cotton is tuned Ito the jeans you wear. Also, it’s an example of the traceability that PCCA offers producers and consumers.


Challenge Friday–Favorite Agriculture News Source

I don’t have much time today; I have to get a job application done immediately!

I can’t wait to have a job! It will be a nice secure feeling!

I will take any suggestions on this job search; I have applied for close to 20 positions. They have developed into a few interviews, but yet nothing. Either way I know that perfect official career start is out there for me!

Challenge Friday:

Leave me a comment with your favorite, blog, website, TV program, radio program, app…whatever it may be where you are getting your agriculturally related news.

Have a great Friday y’all! I rocked to my Friday song all the way to work…

My roommates my sophomore year of college would blast this song in preparations of our weekend activities!

Challenge Friday–Advocacy and Respect

Challenge Friday

Let’s just say after this week in social media land (my new favorite term), I almost want to just shut my phone off, donate my computer to my Mother, and head to the wilderness.

Side note, the technical wilderness starts about fifty yards from my Mother’s house…I probably wouldn’t last long. 

I guess a girl can’t give up though. My Daddy raised me better than that.

So on that note, today’s Challenge Is:

I believe that food is a personal and emotional choice. We all have the right to choose, and American agriculture has given us bountiful options to make the choice that is right for each of us.

Would you please leave me a comment letting me know how you are advocating and being respectful of others opinions about American agriculture and the food we are all consuming. Or if you think I am totally off base with this idea or concept. I know there are still lots of hungry people in this country, and throughout the world, but education is the first step to other taking an active role in their personal food choices.

I think I am really funny, so I hope you see my limited humor in this.

Challenge Friday–AgFact Friday

Challenge Friday, or Fun Fact Friday?

Yesterday was National Ag Day. I still believe, that everyday is Ag Day even if it’s not a declared holiday. If you eat, wear clothing, drive on roads, use cosmetics, or other various household goods, it all comes from a product of agriculture production.

Agriculture is always around you. Now my stance on various aspects of production agriculture may be different than yours, and that’s great! Every facet of agriculture needs support; I just ask this week more than any other to remember to be respect of others choices.

Now, for the challenge of Friday March 9, 2012

What is your fun AgFact? Leave me a comment telling me something new, exciting or personal. Please include sources if you can.

Have a wonderful Friday, and remember to those who make our modern lives possible.


Can you name this Valley? And the major ag products produced here?

Challenge Friday

Challenge Friday

I am starting this new blog theme on Fridays for all of my faithful blog followers to participate in, if you so choose. It will be called Challenge Friday. Whatever the call to action is, I hope you will partake. It wont be anything I wouldn’t do myself, as the leader of this blog, I will have to have done it myself, prior to posting the blog. So let’s get this inaugural Challenge Friday started!

How much positive mainstream media does American agriculture get? I don’t have the answer for that (again another possible research topic…). But what I do know is that USA Today published a positive article about the economy and jobs tied to agricultural production.

The comments attached the article are showing the various sides of agriculture, but we all have to eat. So someway, shape, or form people are always supporting American agriculture, and well agriculture industries as a whole.

So my challenge is to you, my trusty blog readers, to comment back on this article. Let’s show the USA Today readers that agriculturalists care! And if you are not involved in agriculture, what is your favorite part of American agriculture, or whatever your opinion maybe. I don’t care if it’s a two-word response, but I hope we can make a small movement to show that those involved in production agriculture are paying attention.

I commented, here is my response:

My response to the article, what will yours be?