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Well, I finally did it.

After months of talking about it, planning, brainstorming, and frankly, procrastination, I made myself find the time to start a blog.

It all started just under a year ago. We were in the opening session of a Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) educational seminar, watching a video Michigan State University had done profiling agvocate extraordinaire Michelle Payn-Knoper. Lori Chamberlain, the director of our Young Farmer department, leaned over to me and said “Have you ever thought of doing something like that? You’d be good at it.”

I’d never really thought about it. My life had always revolved around agriculture in some way. I had just won the MFB Young Farmer Discussion meet (finally, after 10 years of trying!) and was coming off making it to the Sweet 16 in Atlanta at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmer & Rancher contest. I had the knowledge, and certainly the ability to speak. And though I’d never really thought about it, I realized I was already in some ways an advocate for agriculture.

So here I am. It’s time to put my experiences and gift of gab to work. I should warn you though…I have opinions and I’m not afraid to speak my mind! But if I can share with you even a little of my passion for agriculture, I will consider this new venture a success.

Now it’s time to mount up. I hope you enjoy the ride!

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