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Heifers and Crowns Retirement

When Under the Crown of Agriculture started, it was developed to serve several purposes. Update my existing advocacy blog, a class project and a way for me to partake first hand in what I was conducting graduate research on. Two years later, it still holds stories of it original foundation, but it has new face, trimmed pages and new motivation.

I will be the first to tell you my first year out of school has been anything but fun. Kansas City has been a rough experience; my job has been a roller coaster ride without a lap bar, along with numerous personal battles.

Either way, life goes on. After I came to grips with that, I realized that I had neglected one of my favorite obsessions and passions –– social media and the ability to sharing agriculture information.

The heifers sporting crowns have been retired, but the traditional content has not. I plan to post more links for industry information. Watch for more Soap Box posts, yes, I have been told that people enjoy my rants. Wordless Wednesdays, everyone loves pictures, and yes there is research that proves it. Challenge Fridays were my favorite blog posts, and tragically, these posts were getting traction with readers and I did not follow through.


The heifers have retired to greener pastures.

Thanks for coming back to the Under the Crown of Agriculture blog!

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Wordless Wednesday–It’s Official


It’s official, I am done with grad school! I am regretting not walking last weekend, but my fabulous committee chair tagged me in my a photo on Facebook of my name and thesis title in the program.

Thank you Dr. Meyers! 

Have questions about agricultural commodity blogging trends, let me know!

It’s Official!




#ChallengeFriday Summer Sound Track

Some of my favorite memories all are tied to songs.

There always seems to some fun, rather stupid song that just kicks me summer off. This year, I claimed, Call Me Maybe to be that song.

This was followed with my parody of the Harvard Baseball team.

How many great plays on words can there be…I mean it is breeding season and all!

From the Montana Stockgrowers Association


Sexy and I Know It has just continued to be a song that you can help, but to like it…or just sing along with it. This song has become a summer phenomena especially, for my love of agriculture. The Peterson Farm Bros from Saline, Kansas have become a viral YouTube sensation with “I’m Farming and I Grow It.”



I had the opportunity to spend most of the week with the Kansas Livestock Association, Young Stockmen’s Academy, which was a great experience! Being on the road much of the week put me a few days behind my typical social media monitoring. The texts, emails, and Facebook posts were pouring in so I knew I had to watch this video at the first chance I got.  I fell in love with this video, it is s catchy, funny, and yet so real.

Real of the summer life on a farm, an ALL AMERICAN FARM.

If you haven’t checked out this video, I encourage you to do so.


What is your favorite advocacy video on YouTube? Mine is a close tie between the Peterson Brothers and another video that got 30,000 views…and is done by (coughing *Texas A &M). Both are great videos, show casing agriculture…what are your opinions on social media and agriculture?

Thank you Domino’s–Logic and Common Sense

What doesn’t sound more fun than enjoying pizza with your best friends and fellow consumers?

I know I sure enjoyed a pizza party in elementary school, and a random one in one of my last undergraduate classes. This time, a party for good behavior much like it was when I was in elementary school, but this time its the behavior of a major corporation.

Domino’s Pizza has all sorts of fun facts about their organizations, but the greatest fact is they have not succumbed to the pressure of HSUS and their targeted mission against modern animal agriculture. One of my favorite bloggers has this to say about Domino’s:

I was so encouraged to hear that the stockholders of Domino’s Pizza share my stand on animal care. The company announced that it  would rely on animal experts to determine what is the best way to raise an animal that’s being used for food.  As a farmer, I respect Domino’s for its common sense decision and for trusting the experts in animal care.

So join in, and give thanks to Domino’s for using logic and science to guide their decisions about where they source their products from. 

Just like in elementary school, students were rewarded for good grades and good behavior, I am giving Domino’s a gold star and my dollar for this act of behavior.

Copy and share this photo through social media! Thanks to the creators Kelly Rivard and The Truth about Agriculture!

Modern American–Modern Agriculture

I am BACCCCK! Ok maybe not for real, but I had a minute, so I thought I would get a blog posted.

I have been neglecting my social media…”life” recently. I have been reading what I have time for, and I picked up on this article that the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance posted on Facebook. The article was written by Steve Chapman, who is a member of the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board and blogs at chicagotribune.com/chapman. The article is titled:

Investigating a pig’s life

A firsthand look at modern swine production

Awesome, it perked my attention. Maybe I read it wrong, but I took it as he wrote this from a very framed perspective, the side that supports animal activist groups such as HSUS and PETA. Heck, I might be wrong, but that is how I read it.

Something to keep in mind, he doesn’t mention that pigs will eat their young, if you didn’t know this fact you do now.

Also, the whole point of this blog is based around a conversation I have been having with several people lately. Americans has pushed for a modernized society since the Industrial Revolution. American’s are efficient and effective; I was raised to be this way. Were you? I am OCD about approaching projects, moving across the country….any thing I do with the “what is the most efficient, effective way to do this?” mind set. So why shouldn’t agriculture production be any different?

Why shouldn’t we encourage MODERN
agricultural production practices?

Why are people romanticizing agriculture and food production?


Agricultural Industry Awards–Facilitating Learning

A brief morning creep of other blogs and social media outlets lead me to an older post about the 2011 Outstanding Young Farmers.

In part of National Ag Day events, the 2011 Outstanding Young Farmers, Chad and Danielle Budy, discussed their operation in Oklahoma. Listen here to an AgWired interview by Chuck Zimmerman.

I love these award programs in agriculture; they showcase people who are doing great things within agriculture. Also, they bring attention to new ideas.

Whether it is a cow-calf operation in Nebraska or citrus producer in Florida, we all have something to learn from each other. Each agricultural operation is different, no two management schemes are the same, and with that there are tips and ideas that we all can take home and enact in our own operations. Many of these award programs present leaders and great stewards of the land, produce, and animal agriculture. The award-recipients are given a stage to describe how they see agriculture and their impact on a specific industry.

The stereotype of the old farmer who is going to keep doing what he wants to do and how he knows how to do is very much still prevalent in today’s agriculture industries. Yet, the next generation of agricultural producers are appear to be ready to take on a challenge, excited to embrace the next wave of technology, and will take a close look at innovate production practices.

Do you know any of these elite agricultural producers in your area? If so, what are they doing different, how are they raising the bar, and thinking outside of the mentality “this is how my grand-dad did it, so that is how I am going to do it as well.”

And have you taken on a personal mission to continually learn and improve your operation or how to give access to these ideas to other producers?  

The 2011 NOYF winners are, from left: John & Stacy Melick, NJ; Ryan & Michelle Keller, WI; Orion Samuelson, NOYF Emcee; Danielle & Chad Budy, OK; Dawn & Joe Geremia, CT
Photo from OYF website.

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.