I have really enjoyed having my own blog and writing about agriculture topics. It has kept me updated on all of the latest news in agriculture when trying to find a topic and has improved my research skills. Also, it is so cool to get notifications of new followers of my blog and people that have “liked” it. It makes you feel like people care about what you are saying and hopefully can take away something from the post. Additionally, the commenting was a great way to interact with other bloggers and see what they were writing about. I did not realize all of the people that blog that have other professions, but use it for marketing tactics. It gives us all a way to share our opinions or share about what is going on in our lives. Blogging allows us all to form our own style and how we choose to relay the messages that we feel are important. I really like how informal a blog is but still gets the point across. I don’t know why but I was shocked when the blogger commented back to my comment. It showed how dedicated they are to their blog and how important their readers are to them. I have really enjoyed this assignment and plant to continue.
Either we have bought land of our own or know someone who has; we all know how the prices of land have been continually increasing over the past decade. Many experts say that the price of land is going to start leveling off from the increase in values. Farms incomes is the most important element to the fluctuating farm land values and what happens to those will have a direct affect. With the incomes being so unpredictable lately, we have had to look at previous land booms to try and forecast what could unfold. From 1990 to 1920 the rising corn prices sent some land up almost 500%. The State Historical Society described this first boom period: “For agriculture this was prosperity piled on top of prosperity.” The second land value boom was from 1973 to 1981 increasing some land by 345% causing the price to jump from $482 to $2147 an acre. This was fueled by the rapid increase in commodity prices caused by the opening of major export markets. There are three factors that are happening now that has similarities of the past booms. One is the fact that the booms are driven by increasing prices and returns. Also, the idea that land’s value little to no downsides. Additionally, the way the general economy and society as a whole with the Great Depression and the financial hit that caused the farm crisis. Ultimately, the relationship between the past farmland boom periods and today are features that help us to look into the future of the land prices. Farm income is still the deciding factor on if the land market will rise or fall.
With all the concerns with the food supply and not being able to keep up with the world’s rapidly growing population, Japanese homebuilder, Daiwa House, may have found a solution. He has constructed a complete indoor greenhouse that is said to be the first step into the industrialization of agriculture. They are a new line of prefabricated hydroponic vegetable factories that produce safe and secure food called Agri-Cubes. They can be easily moved with a heavy-duty truck and measuring 8×16 feet, which can fit in the space the size of a parking spot! Additionally, a concrete foundation measuring 108 square feet has to be poured, plumbing, and electrical utility hookups have to be installed to prepare for the house. It creates an atmosphere, using heavy insulation to separate the environment from the elements of outside.
Also, the Agri-Cube uses air-conditioners and fluorescent light to create the ideal environment that is appropriate for cultivation. There is no soil used inside, but a hydroponic culture and vegetables are growing on aqueous solution water with a nutrient ingredient. Theses cubes allow locations that do not have the accommodations of farm or garden land to produce fresh produce all year around, such as rooftops, apartment community areas, and other urban areas. Daiwa claims that the Agri-Cube can grow about ten thousand servings of fruits and vegetables every year and would end up costing about $4,500 per year, which calculates into 45 cents per head of lettuce. These miracle inventions are being sold to housing complexes, hotels, retirement homes, nursing facilities, top-end restaurants, and schools in Japan. Currently an Agri-Cube will cost you between $70,000 and $100,000 and with the growing popularity we can only hope that the price will reduce. Daiwa will also take custom orders and export these Agri-Cubes to other countries and is developing his product to meet the need of the countries conditions.
In this day and age social media is not just about keeping in touch with your friends and family like it was designed for. It is a hugely utilized tool for companies to market themselves and the best part is that it is free! Ozarks Farm and Neighbor is a newspaper that reaches about 58,000 readers in the areas of Southwest Missouri, Northwest Arkansas, and Eastern Kansas. Majority of the subscribers are male farmers and ranchers that range from the ages of 35-64. Social media is not exactly something that this demographic is familiar with and they are not too willing to learn. This was one of the key components that were holding OFN back from diving social media. They decided to start using Facebook and Twitter to reach their younger audience. Additionally, since the paper releases every three weeks it allows them get more news out to their readers. Ozark Farm and Neighbor is hoping to attract more reader by posting segments of their articles online and directing readers to the paper for the rest of the story. Using social media also allows them to perform shout outs to their sponsors and supporters. Ozark Farm and Neighbor is a great paper and very resourceful. To keep up with their biggest competitors they are taking the right steps towards joining social media.
I have always been on the quiet side and keep my thoughts to myself. It does keep me out of hot water on touchy subjects but then again it is not always a good thing. In my consumer market behavior class one person brings a current event into class every week and presents on it. Last week a girl happened to be presenting on the video, “The Scarecrow” that Chipotle made. I sat in my chair and listened to my classmates comment on how great it is and how they would go eat there. There were comments like, “that was brilliant” and “they are going to generate a lot of business from this.” There were so many things that I wanted to say but didn’t know how I could present the lies that this video was telling. I kept saying to myself to just let it go because they wouldn’t understand what I was even talking about anyway with the fact that it is illegal to even give poultry hormones and that some cows have better lives than some people. As I left class I almost felt guilty that I didn’t stand up and “agvocate”. The next night I was in my PR in Ag class and sure enough the video was brought up again and we talked about how bad it was making agriculture look. My teacher said that we are all agriculturists no matter what our major and they we should speak up. From then on I made a promise to myself that if I felt like something was being portrayed wrong in agriculture then I would say something even if it was small it could make someone see it in a different way. Here is a quick video that a classmate and I did that makes consumers aware of the lies that, “The Scarecrow” is telling.
I will never forget the morning in February of 2012 that my parents and I went out to wean some of my calves and to find that they had been stolen right off of their mommas. Once we got over the shock of what had happened, we counted 4 calves and 2 bred heifers that had been taken from a field near our home. It was a feeling like no other and I was consumed with many emotions. I felt violated to think that someone could just come on our property and take what was not theirs. I felt angry because I was looking forward to tying up a couple of the heifers and show that season and I felt sad to think where these cattle could be and if we would ever find them.
It was a year and a half in August of 2013 that this tragic event occurred and the month that my dad got a phone call informing him that the police had found several head of cattle and they think some of them maybe ours. When we went to go identify them, they had taken them to a mutual location because the man that had them knew they were stolen and had purchased them anyway. It ended up being the two bred heifers that they had found and we knew in our minds that they couldn’t have gone far because one was a tiger stripe and the other has our brand on her left hip. It was so surreal to see them in that trailer and all of a sudden all of those emotions from the day they had been taken rushed back. I was glad to see them but so upset by their appearance and the life I could only imagine that they had been living. As they stepped out of the trailer, there was a bunch of bread wrappers that fell onto the ground like it was the only thing that they had been fed for the last year and a half.
After getting the cattle home safely, the detective told us that a man named Howard Perryman from our area had been arrested for cattle and equipment theft a couple months prior to finding our cattle and was very likely the man that had stolen them. Additionally, a family friend called me saying that they were going to have a trail to try and lessen the sentence of this man and that they wanted a bunch of people he had stolen from to be in the stands. There was no doubt that I was going to attend and did. It was a scary experience to see such a ruthless man that had hurt me personally and many others that were in the same room. There were even several that I consider extremely brave to go up and testify against Perryman. We will never get back what he took from all of us but we still want justice to be served. The trail is still underway and still on a lot of peoples’ mind. Sadly this is something that is an issue in this present time and not just a thing of the past.