TALK AG TO HER

There are a lot of good girls in the world, but there are none better than a country girl. Whether you found her baling hay in the pasture or disguised in at a bar, country girls are the best you are going to do. Now that we have that straightened out, and thank goodness we do, let’s talk about the quickest way to keep these girls around, maybe even get them down the aisle. Talk ag to them. Country girls are farm girls through and through. There is nothing a farm girl loves more than a man who can talk the farm talk and walk the farm walk. Try these conversation points next time you are lucky enough to get close to the special country girl.

Have a favorite color tractor: If you really are a true country boy, you are going to have a favorite color tractor. If you and the special lady have the same favorite brand, it just might be true love. Healthy debate can be good for a relationship, don’t worry about a little green versus red, a country girl is worth it.

Know the difference between soil and dirt: It may seem like it’s not a big deal, but to a true farm girl, calling her inheritance “dirt” as akin to a slap in the face. Soil is the valuable material that you plant your crops in that resides in the fields. Dirt is displaced soil, or the stuff on the bottom of you show. Don’t mess it up or she won’t forgive you.

Judge: That’s right, us country girls want you to judge. Whether you were on the livestock judging team or the crop judging team, we want you to know what you are talking about. Have an appreciation for a nice looking steer and know when my corn field is looking a bit better than my neighbor’s.

Knock Boots: Yes, you read that right. No, I am not trying to be crude. We are all familiar with the phrase “knocking boots”. For that to even be able to apply to you, you have to own boots. Really, you should own work and dress boots, but don’t even consider yourself potential for a country girl without a pair of boots.

Now, you are a lot closer to getting the special country girl down the aisle. Don’t have the special lady yet? Don’t fret. Find yourself a lady using the tips above and before long you will be hearing wedding bells to. Looking to plan that special day? Check out The Hitching Post for some awesome country wedding ideas!

Shelby Carlson
University of Illinois

#TBT: TOP TEN SONGS ABOUT FARMING

[Originally published September 8, 2014]

Whether it be in the car, at home, or (much to my roommate’s dismay) in the middle of the grocery store, I’m pretty much always down to jam out to some music. So while rocking out to some of the greatest hits, I figured I’d share my top ten greatest hits about farming.

Old McDonald
This song is a classic and a great example of how farm life works. Here a “moo.” There a “moo.” Everywhere a “moo, moo.” It really shows the farmer as many of us see him, working with his cattle.

Peterson Bros. – I’m Farming and I Grow It
This is just a farm parody of “I’m Sexy and I know it” by pop/ techno duo LMFAO. I really like this because it shows farmers hard at work but also having fun and loving what they’re doing.

Rodney Atkins- Farmer’s Daughter
While there’s always a possibility of finding that special someone while working on the farm, this song also shows the hard work put into farming and how rewarding it can be.

Kenny Chesney- She Thinks my Tractor’s Sexy
Being a farmer’s wife or girlfriend isn’t easy. Farmers work long hours and sometimes it’s hard to get in a date night. So sometimes you have to opt for date night on the tractor. Plus who doesn’t love a good ride on the tractor?

Farm Girls- The Real Deal
Some people think that farm girls are just pretty things for people to look at. Fun fact: Farm girls love to get dirt under their nails and work just as hard as everyone else.

Peterson Bros. – All I do is Farm
I like this one because it really talks about farm families and how farmers love talking about what they do. And while this one is also laugh out loud funny, it really hits home the fact that farmers are willing to answer any questions you have

Luke Bryan- Rain is a Good Thing

Rain really does make the farm life go ‘round. Plus who doesn’t love the rain? Crops grow, you can splash in mud puddles, and watching the storm can make for some great romance.

Florida Georgia Line- Dirt

Land is everything to farmers, conserving and utilizing it. So when they “build a 10% down white picket fence on this dirt” they’re also building a home. That “dirt” is everything to them and this song really shows the passion and love they have for what they do.

Jason Aldean- Amarillo Sky

This song really shows the life of the farmer. Hard work, family and determination help keep farmers doing what they love. Farming isn’t always a walk in the park but their passion drives them to just take the tractor another round, and pull the plow across the ground.

Alan Jackson- Where I Come From

While farming isn’t always glamorous, once you’re a part of the farm life, a part of you will always want to go back. Farming ingrains a lifestyle that really follows you everywhere you go.

Ellie 152Ellie Seitzinger
Illinois State University

ADDING AG IN THE CLASSROOM

Summer has finally come to an end, which means that yet another school year is ready to start. This means that both teachers and students alike will be transitioning back into a stricter schedule. This is also a time that students will be gaining more knowledge on many subjects. The obvious courses are math, science, history, and reading/English. However, there is another crucial subject that some schools or teachers simply overlook. One that, in fact, encompasses all four of these core subjects.

This would be an ag class. A course whose content is rooted within the agricultural industry and encompasses mathematics, different histories, scientific research, and lots of reading and interpretation. Some might beg to differ, implying that agriculture is solely being a farmer. This would be far from the truth. Agriculture includes math when a farmer must calculate how many plants he can grow within a given area of land, while hopefully achieving some profitability. Ranchers must keep track of their herds and be able to provide enough feed for each animal to properly grow. These topics lead directly into the science of agriculture. Each practice must become as efficient as possible, in order to feed a growing global population. This is only doable through research and precision technologies. History is also a necessity because agriculturalists must learn from past mistakes, in the hopes of continuous improvement. And finally, being able to interpret agricultural newsletters and markets is a must-have talent. Without knowing where past crop markets have been, it would be extremely difficult to predict where they might go.

If you are searching to become more knowledgeable about anything agriculture related, there are resources to help you! Especially if you are a teacher who wants to properly inform your students about where their food comes from or how it’s grown. One fantastic resource is known as Ag in the Classroom. This program is supported by the USDA and is typically developed through Farm Bureaus. Ag in the Classroom provides easily accessible information for anyone wanting to learn or teach others about agricultural practices. For example, AITC has developed a calendar for the school year that has an ag fact on each day, which can be found here! Did you know that wheat from Illinois is used to make cookies, cakes, and cereal? How about that the word “harvest” came from the Old English word haerfest, meaning “autumn” and “harvest-time.” Fun Fact: an acre of corn gives off 4,000 gallons of water per day in evaporation! People might think that agriculture science is boring or stale, but there are many interesting facts hidden just beneath the surface!

The Ag in the Classroom’s website has a whole page dedicated to providing teachers with reliable sources for agricultural topics. It can be reached through this link, and includes information ranging from lesson booklets to GED materials to eating a healthy diet to fact sheets for students! Ag in the Classroom is a wonderful tool for anyone to utilize, especially when learning about where food comes from as well as how it’s grown.

Rosie Roberts
Iowa State University