Awesome Ag Video

Thanks to Kathryn Shallenberger for sharing this video on her Facebook wall… I had no idea it existed, but it’s really cool!


April 7, 2011 at 10:09 am Leave a comment

Coffee farmers helping Japanese farmers with “virtual barn raising” appeal

Farmers helping Farmers. That is the kokua behind the fund being established by the Kona Coffee Farmers Association.

The KCFA will collect money to send to farmer-organizations in Japan to directly help farmers and their families who are victims of the recent shocking events, many now without homes, land, and crops.

Hawaii has a special relationship with Japan based on our many Japanese visitors and our kamaaina Japanese-Americans. The recent earthquake and tsunami caused enormous devastation in Northern Japan and affected all of us.

KCFA member Page Trygstad said, “Think of this appeal as a ‘virtual barn raising’, where neighbors all come together to help one farmer put up a new barn. Then next time someone needs a new barn they all go there. In our case think ‘drying deck raising.’”

The KCFA will accept donations, which will be forwarded to appropriate farmer organizations in Japan for dispersal to farmers and their families who have been displaced or otherwise financially injured by the earthquake and tsunami.

Donations designated for the Kona Coffee Farmers Association Tsunami Farmer Fund are being accepted at the Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union (HCFCU).

Donations can also be made through the KCFA website at

Originally posted by Hawaii 24/7

March 28, 2011 at 5:00 pm Leave a comment

Another Farm Photo Friday!

Thanks to Pat Roets for this week’s adorable farm photo! A mouse in the snow!

March 25, 2011 at 5:24 pm Leave a comment

Happy National Teach Ag Day!

From Ag Wired:

Happy National Teach Ag Day

It’s National Teach Ag Day. What is it you might ask?

National Teach Ag Day is a day to celebrate school-based agricultural education and to encourage agricultural education advocates, especially current agricultural educators (middle school, high school, post-secondary, pre-service programs, etc.) to share with others the great career opportunities in agricultural education.


National Teach Ag Day is for anyone who wants to celebrate school-based agricultural education, share the story of agricultural education’s importance and effectiveness in the United States, and encourage students to consider careers as agricultural educators. Anyone who wants to participate can find a variety of resources to help them talk about agricultural education at

National Teach Ag Day is a component of the National Teach Ag Campaign, an initiative to bring attention to the career of agricultural education, get students thinking about a possible career in agricultural education, and to support current agricultural educators in their careers.

The Teach Ag Campaign is an initiative of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE). It is sponsored by Landmark Nurseries as a special project of the National FFA Foundation and by Delmar Cengage Learning.

You can find the A Day In The Life Of An Ag Teacher Blog here.

March 24, 2011 at 12:25 pm Leave a comment

A note from our Ag Communications Award Winner :)

Thanks to Jami Willard for sharing her experience at last year’s Agriculture’s Promise event:

I will admit that last year’s Agriculture’s Promise program was a little intense for me. One reason was because there were so many interesting people to meet, and so much fascinating information to take in. It was also my second time visiting our nation’s capital, and the first time I went there with a real goal besides seeing Mr. Lincoln and the National Monument. I knew there were issues in our agriculture system and policy, but never before in my life had a congressional aid ask me what I thought about them. It was a little overwhelming in a great way. I found out first hand that that I have a voice, and realized how big of a difference I could make. The experience last year changed my life. Changing the world has always been a goal of mine, and now I know of a way that I can help make this world a better place.

Since Agriculture’s Promise 2010 I have been on a quest for knowledge. Talking to producers and going to meetings are a favorite of mine, but this year I have had a goal in mind. In April when I arrive in DC I will have specific issues in mind to address that I know will directly affect the future of my industry. When sitting across from a congressional aid this year to talk about issues I know that back home my best friend will have a better chance of starting the successful farm of her dreams because I took the time to be an Agvocate.

– Jami Willard

Agriculture’s Promise will be held April 10th – 12th at the Gaylord National in Washington D.C. For more information on Agriculture’s Promise, visit

March 21, 2011 at 11:44 am Leave a comment

Our 40th Farm Photo Friday!

Thanks to Pat Roets & Jill Heemstra for today’s photos!

“This is the grandstand at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds in Merrill, Wisconsin. The snow is melting now, and this is probably the last photo that shows the ground completely covered with snow.” – Pat Roets

“Cattle and clouds: Our cows loafing on a sunny hill in late winter.” – Jill Heemstra

March 18, 2011 at 8:57 am Leave a comment

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

From Rural Route Review:

Happy Official St. Patrick’s Day, as people at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign like to say! Hopefully today’s festivities find you “festooned” in green, just like the Chicago River:

Now, don’t forget St. Patty’s Day = Feast Day.

So make sure to include agriculture a little agriculture while celebrating. That could be in the form of corned beef and cabbage, Irish spice bread, or a host of other Irish recipes.

But don’t forget the number one agricultural product associated with this holiday: beer. And the number one agricultural lesson that should be associated with this holiday: safety. With that, I will leave you to enjoy this somewhat gloomy on the outside, happy and lively on the inside-holiday!

March 17, 2011 at 9:45 pm Leave a comment

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