Support the Farmer and Rancher, because They Support You

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I Support Farming and Ranching

I'm calling on all agriculturists, I don't care how old you are or where you are from. Just know that it's time for us all to step up and make a change.

I'm tired of seeing such negative campaigns out there, calling farmers and ranchers monsters. Using propaganda to make people believe that all farmers and ranchers are destructive and out to corrupt the world. The agriculturally lacking seem to have the loudest voices anymore, and that changes today.

So I'm starting my own campaign. I want to encourage all the agriculturists out there to share this and help get the word out. All of the FFA, 4-H, and Grange Chapters out there, both members, parents, alumni, and advisers/leaders this is something I'm going to need your help with. If you want to see a change in the way agriculture is seen, it's going to have to start with you. You can make a difference.

People fear what they don't understand, and agriculture is becoming a huge fear to some. Knowledge is powerful, and we can share our knowledge with our friends and family. Stop letting Yahoo Answers be their source on agriculture. It's time to take a stand for the people who put food on your plate, and clothes on your back.

It's time to show some respect and gratitude to the farmers and ranchers out there. This is how this campaign is going to work.

For the farmers, and rancher supporters:

  •  Share some common knowledge of agriculture with someone who has no idea about agriculture. It can be something simple like, "Bovine is the scientific name for cattle."
  • Put a picture up on social media and write about how farming and ranching are needed more than people think.
  • Go to the grocery store and see if you can find one item that a farmer/rancher didn't make, or have a part in making.
  • Be sure to send those pictures in to Raised in a Barn on Facebook, or tag Raised in a Barn on Twitter/Instagram @raisedbarn.

For the FFA, Grange, 4-H Members:

  • If you are FFA, Grange, 4-H Member have your chapter go teach a class. Maybe go teach the Kindergarten class about how Dairy Farming works, or how beneficial earth worms are to the soil.
  • Make posters and hang them around the school educating kids about agriculture. Maybe talk about the different types of soil, or how to classify breeds of livestock. Just fun facts that will be eye-catching and help teach your classmates something new.
  • Tweet, or post a Facebook status with an interesting agriculture fact once a week or month, #ISupportFarmingandRanching
  • Send your picture in to Raised in a Barn on Facebook, or tag Raised in a Barn on Twitter/Instagram @raisedbarn.

For the FFA, 4-H, Grange Leaders/Advisers:

  • Talk to your class/chapter about how social media plays a role in agriculture.
  • Encourage them to stand up for farmers and ranchers.
  • Have them research a farming related issue, like feeding the world in 2050.
  • Feel free to email me at breanna.viles@okstate.edu if you would like to submit your chapters essays for a guest spot as a blogger on Raised in a Barn.

For everyone out there, please remember to thank a farmer and rancher. They give up so much and deal with a lot on a daily basis.

Farmers and ranchers, I can't thank you enough for how you provide and give up so much in doing so. Farming and ranching isn't easy, and without you we would all be naked and hungry. #ISupportFarmingandRanching

Share this and tag your friends in it. It's time to shine a positive spotlight on agriculture again, and you are holding a flashlight. Shine it bright. 

Be sure to tag Raised in a Barn in your movement!