HOW TO TALK WITH YOUR RELATIVES AT CHRISTMAS

With the holiday season is upon us, many things take place: cookie decorating, overeating, and spending time with family and friends.  If you’re anything like me, your loved ones come from a variety of backgrounds, and those from non-Ag backgrounds often have many questions for me about current food trends.  In order to make this conversation easier, I drafted a few talking points to help to ease the conversation this holiday.

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Some of these questions seem like common sense and can be pretty frustrating when people don’t see things from our perspective—a topic I touched on in a recent post on my own blog.

It’s easy to poke fun at others’ agricultural illiteracy, especially when we are so familiar with this topic.  However, it does nothing to communicate our story in agriculture.

It is crucial in our communication that we “educate and not humiliate.”  This bit of advice comes from Jolene Brown, is a certified speaking professional whose focus is on agriculture and family.

At the end of the day, we’re all consumers with questions.  As producers, we have access to the answers to these questions and it’s our responsibility to share those answers.

This holiday season, can you promise to “educate and not humiliate?”

Molly NovotneyMolly Novotney
Joliet Junior College

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