Peterson Farm Brothers (and their sister) do it again

If you’ll remember, a while ago I shared a cute parody video by the Peterson Farm Brothers. They have done it again with a parody of Katy Perry’s “Roar.” And this time, their sister – who is normally behind the camera – makes an appearance. This one might be my favorite yet!

Why we live here

I wrote a column recently about the beauty that is the country.

I see the most beautiful sunsets, an abundance of wildlife and sometimes it is just downright beautiful.

Case in point:
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Just one of the many reasons why we live here.

Day 2: Thankful for farmers

Day 2 to be thankful

Click here to view the entire series.

Pretty much the same thing

If you don’t know my family, this essentially is their philosophy.

Courtesy of The Gift. (http://www.thegiftmn.com)

Except occasionally, you could replace “cows” with “pigs” and you’d be spot on.

You know you are from the country (#2)

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You know you are from the country when a calf bottle becomes a permanent fixture on your kitchen counter for a few weeks.

(More on this development at the Country Chick’s house later.)

The last about YCC, or not.

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As you might remember, I went on this really, really great trip called Young Cattlemen’s Conference. In case you missed the 5,284 posts about it, you can read about it here. That is, if you have an hour or two. That’s me, up on the rooftop of a building in Washington, D.C., overlooking the White House. Have I mentioned recently that my job is pretty cool? With me are Frank Krentz (on the left), a cattleman from Arizona who literally ranches on the Mexican border and Mike Deering, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association trade media contact. Mike is the one who asked me to go on this trip. I probably owe him a drink. Thanks Mike!

My full story ran in the High Plains Journal this week. Since you followed along, I thought you might like to see it. Here’s an excerpt:

Young Cattlemen’s Conference trains future leaders

By Holly Martin

What do you get when you throw 60 cowboys and cowgirls in to a bus? Throw in some feedlot dust, give them hairnet hair and a briefcase and you’ve got the makings of the Young Cattlemen’s Conference.

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s YCC is a program designed for leadership development. Since 1980 when the program began, over 1,000 young cattlemen and women completed the program. Today’s participants are nominated by NCBA affiliates and the program serves as a training ground to expose and educate future leaders to every segment of the beef industry, said Mavin Kokes, vice president of association marketing for NCBA.

In 2012, YCC was a 10-day experience beginning in Denver, stopping in Chicago and finally ending up in Washington, D.C. The success of the program is due to the people who participate, said Kokes. “This industry is full of leaders from all over the United States. Each year, participants experience things that they wouldn’t ever get to experience on their own,” he said. “YCC participants share a special bond that is difficult to replicate. The program creates lifelong friendships and business relationships, all the while preparing them for leading the industry in the future.” <more>

And here’s the photo gallery, that’s also posted over on my Photo Gallery page.

And so now, you might be saying, “Geez, I hope she’s done talking about the YCC thing.” And I am, only an experience like that lasts with you your entire life so I imagine the subject might pop up again a time or two or ten.

Happy trails

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It’s a little hard to explain this experience called YCC. After 10 days of spending literally every waking moment with the folks in that picture, you would think that I would be ready to say, “Sayonara,, baby.” Instead, my heart is heavy as I head home.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be ecstatic to see my family when I walk in the door. But those folks? They are the cream of the crop. They are intelligent and sincere. They are passionate about what they do. They strive to better the beef industry each and every day. The drive they possess rubs off on you and I’m better today because I know them.

Regardless of what segment of the beef industry we come from, we’ve spent the week learning from each other. We shared our perspectives. We didn’t always agree and that was good. We listened to each other and had honest discussions.

The experiences we’ve had are second to none. Marin Kokes and the crew at National Cattlemen’s Beef Association put on a top-notch program. Whether it was touring the JBS Greely plant, seeing the opening bell at CBOT or converging on the Hill in Washington, D.C., learning through experience can not be duplicated. Many members of this trip had never had those opportunities before, and might not have the chance again. It’s safe to say this is a once-in-a-lifetime event.

And there’s the cowboys. There’s nothing like being a lady when there is a cowboy around. He opens doors for you. He says, “Yes, ma’am.” He carries your bags. He treats you to cab rides and drinks. Multiply that times 43 and that’s what it has been like for the 16 women on this trip. There’s a reason that we watched women swoon as our cowboy friends walked past them on the city street.

Friends who are former YCCers told me that the experience was like none other. And they were right. It’s the people, the learning opportunities, the industry relationships – all crammed into 10 days.

So while I’m in full-on exhaustion mode, I still wouldn’t trade this opportunity for anything.

Happy trails, YCC ’12. Until we meet again.

Boots on the Hill

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Yesterday was a full day of boots on the Hill. Young Caattlemen’s Conference class members tested their skills by making congressional visits with their Representatives and Senators.

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The group told their story to the folks in Washington that are representing them. And, they made sure those Congressmen knew the most important issues to the beef industry – including the Death Tax, Farm bill issues and regulations.

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For me, the highlight of the day was being able to watch Senator Stabenow and Senator Roberts introduce the Farm Bill to the Senate floor. I’d like to say we had it all set up, but by chance, we were in Senator Roberts office just minutes before he was scheduled to be on the floor introducing the bill. His and Senator Moran’s staff quickly changed their plans to allow us to observe from the gallery.

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What resonated with me is that these “boots on the hill” really do make a difference. Contents of the Senate’s proposed Farm Bill are there because farmers and ranchers took the time to visit the Hill. Sure, there will be lots of debate between now and the final version, but making our voices heard makes a difference. Afterall, these Senators and Representatives work for us. Listening to what we have to say is their job.

A visit to Whitestone Farm

Yesterday evening the Young Cattlemen’s Conference class took a trip to Aldie, Virginia to beautiful Whitestone Farm. For the last 30 years, Whitestone has been offering premium Angus genetics to cattlemen all over the world. But most imporantly to the … Continue reading