Why I Farm

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Do you ever get so caught up in life that you forget to appreciate your blessings and surroundings? Just like most of you, I have several stressful and busy days trying to juggle school, work, and extra-curricular activities. During my study break yesterday, as I was scrolling through my newsfeed on Facebook, I found a video that resonated with how I was feeling. The video was posted on a Facebook page called Why I Farm, which was then shared by one of my friends.  Beck’s Hybrids is sponsoring a video contest to honor farmers and their story. They encourage everyone to make a video telling their personal story on why they farm. As I watched the first video my emotions began to intensify because it automatically hit home for me. To put it simply, farming and agriculture is my passion and life. It has been in my blood since the day I was born. To carry on the traditions and values my parents and grandparents have developed is a privilege and blessing and then to hopefully pass them on to generations to come. There are many characteristics you develop when you are raised on a farm. Work ethics, responsibility, and respect are just a few to mention. Knowing it not only benefits you and your family, but others as well is the most rewarding aspect. When you are involved in agriculture, you are connected with it every day. You are not only a part of your family farm, but the worldwide agriculture family as well. For me, personally, it is what drives me to get out of bed each morning. It is the accomplished feeling you get when you put a full, hard day of work in. You are able to see life grow, transform, and develop right before your eyes. Watching the crops grow from planting to harvest or seeing a newborn calf take its first steps is both physically and mentally rewarding. There are both good years and bad years, with many challenges and rewards in between. You are not able to call in sick or take holidays off, but the most beneficial part is being able to work side by side with your family every day. Sometimes we have to have reminders to thank God for the gift and ability he has given us to do. Tell your story and help tell agriculture’s story. To view the Why I Farm videos please visit whyifarm.com and remember to vote for your favorite.

Small Town Farmer

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Hello everyone! I’m Angela Crase. I’m glad you stopped by to check out my blog. This is going to be a new experience for me; I will be blogging for the next few months as an assignment in my Public Relations class at Missouri State. (Who knows, I could like it and continue to blog.) I recently just moved to the big city of Springfield, Missouri to continue my college education. I am a junior at Missouri State University, majoring in Agriculture Business with an emphasis in Marketing and Sales. I am from a small town right on the Missouri/Arkansas line.

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I am the youngest of three kids (two girls and one boy). My parents own several businesses and farms. My father strived to teach my siblings and I how to work hard. We didn’t have a lot of free time to go places or spend with friends. As I get older, the more thankful I am about the way I grew up. I learned good work ethics, responsibility, and respect. I grew up on a 1500 acre beef cattle farm. Most of the time we ran a large cow-calf operation. For a few years, we background around 600 Black Angus heifers. This is where my love of agriculture began. I enjoy anything outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. Farming can be a very rewarding experience. When you are a farmer, every day is different. Of course there are bad days and challenges but I think the biggest reward is being able to blend work and family all in one.

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I have never been more excited to see what my future has in store for me. I hope to gain a lot of knowledge while I’m at Missouri State and be involved the most I can. I have a lot of knowledge in the livestock industry; I hope to expand my knowledge especially in the crop and grain industry because I have a great sense of interest in those areas.

Each day there is something new occurring in agriculture. My goal for my blog is to discuss a variety of important topics in the agriculture industry.