Friday, March 28, 2014

Farmland, The Movie

Passion and family are the two words my husband described this movie when we left the theater. If you haven't watched the trailer for the movie, check them out on Facebook, or check out all the cast at Farmland.

It's a real-life dirt, sweat, and tears documentary, you are going to laugh and you going to cry.  These farmers were real, and honest and I left the movie feeling like I really know them, just like any farmer I work with day to day.  Family based business, like farming, is hard.  Farmers and producers normally work with their families all day long, and sometimes that can be trying on a relationship. I always hope at the end of the day we can "hang our gloves up" and walk in the back door and focus on the family 100%. That is easier said than done.

"It's not done until the corn is in the bin." This was one quote that stuck with me. Maybe it's because it really relates to my job. Harvest is the completion of a long process of preparing, planting, plowing and praying.

I hope those who are skeptical about farming practices sit down and watch the movie.  You are going to see the passion these farmers have for their job, their lifestyle.  Ranchers, chicken farmers, pig producers, farmers, produce growers.  This movie focuses on younger farmers, either starting up on their own or coming from a few generations of farmers.  They all come from different backgrounds, and have different goals for their operations, and they don't all agree on everything, and the movie portrays that. The important things they do agree on, is ownership, sustainability, and raising a safe product for the consumer.

The Movie will come out May 1st, great idea to get everyone excited about farming and planting in the spring, but I hope farmers take a break from field work to check this movie out!

 Stacy from The Backroad Life and I at the sneak preview.  

Dave & I attempted a selfie!
Crystal Kellner

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

What does Monsanto mean to you? - Part 1

Gary Truitt's very popular commentary on Hooiser Ag Today, has been shared numerous times on Facebook in the past couple of days. If you haven't read it, you need to

What Monsanto Has Done To Farmers

Gary proves he is an AGvocate and sharing his ag story where ever he goes. I met Gary a few years ago when I was a Farm Broadcaster. He is very smart and a great broadcaster, I enjoyed talking to him.  Now I enjoy listening to him on the radio and following his news stories on Hoosier Ag Today. You know by listening to Gary, his heart is in his job!

Just like Gary, who realized he has an opportunity to share his ag story with anyone, including a cab driver on the way to the airport.  Everyone needs to ask these questions to themselves.
-What does Agriculture mean to you?
-Are you prepared to answer tough questions when the situation arises?
-What do we know about biotechnology?
-What does Roundup mean to you as a farmer? What does Roundup mean to you as a consumer and a resident in rural America?
-Where can we get this information to help educate our friends, family and strangers who ask us the tough questions?  
-Where is our passion?

Did you have your cup of coffee yet this morning? What does it take to get you going in the mornings? If you know me, I don't drink coffee, and I am not a morning person. What gets me going in the mornings? My kids! They are my caffeine on legs as I chase them around the house to get ready and herd them out to the truck every morning! They may not always be morning people, but they are always very inquisitive and asking many questions as we drive to town.  By the time I get to work, I feel like I have already worked!

Let's stop and thing about what Agriculture means to us and how we can become AGvocates. The people are listening!

 This post is part 1 of a 3-part series sponsored by Indiana’s Family of Farmers.
Crystal Kellner