My Thoughts on Agriculture

In honor of Ag Day 2014, I have decided to start a blog, actually two blogs. (please also visit my other blog, Just a Farm Kid). In this blog, I am focusing on the ways of agriculture, the future of agriculture and the challenges that are facing agriculture daily.

I grew up on a small ranch in Montana. As I have said in my bio, my parents were “self sufficient” before it was trendy to be so. I grew up raising beef, pork, chickens, and dairy. We always had a large garden for fresh produce through the summer with enough left over to preserve for the winter. Some of my favorite memories are of putting up the garden with both my Mom and Dad.

I have a different story than some when it comes to agriculture. My husband and I, along with our two boys, have a small pork, beef and sheep operation in Northeastern Wisconsin. We raise Registered Angus, a commercial flock of sheep and a few feeder hogs. While I jokingly say that our place is a 4H project that has run a muck, it is much more than that. There is a demand (however small) for small locally produced pork, beef and lamb. We fit that bill. We only sell a few animals every year, but each year, we have more and more individuals that are requesting our products.

The unique part of our story, is that Simon and I own a large Agri-business that supplies services to the dairy (of all sizes) to Northeast Wisconsin. I am also the Office Manager of a large dairy.  Through those two endeavors, we both see a huge gap between the consumers and the farms that are producing the majority of the food.  It is my hope to help bridge that gap.

Our situation gives us a unique perspective of agriculture. We are both small and large, we are self sufficient and a producer for the consumers. This gives us an insight to a lot of different aspects of agriculture, and that is what I want to develop in this blog. I would like to use this blog as a way of helping to bridge the gap between farm and fork.

I hope that you enjoy what I have to say. If at any times you have questions please do not hesitate to ask. I will answer to the best of my ability, and if I do not know I will try to find the answer for you.

 

Amber

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