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10 Hats We Wear Every (Earth) Day

Like many in agriculture, Earth Day isn’t just one per year. It’s every day. In the process of day to day life we wear many hats. That can make for a busy day, and sometimes rushed weeks. Sometimes we don’t seem to get much done, but the reality is there’s so much to do it’s […]

It’s National Agriculture Day!

It’s National Agriculture Day! I’m celebrating because dairy farming has been a way of life for me and my family for generations. My husband and I are glad to be raising our boys on a farm. But agriculture doesn’t only impact farm families, it’s far reaching touching everyone’s life.

Today is a great opportunity to reflect on how agriculture makes a positive impact in our lives; 
Food quality & choice – there is a larger variety of quality food in the store today than ever before
Fiber – plants, like cotton, and animals, like sheep, goats, and alpacas, produce wonderful fibers
By-products – many household items, medicine and other goods contain plant and animal products
Open space – large flat fields, small rolling fields, barns and tractors create beautiful landscapes 
Economic impact – farmers purchase lots of products and services which support local businesses
Strong community – farms are the backbone of viable rural communities 

This is one of my favorite photos of my sons, Garrett and Jack, and my husband, Lad

As dairy farmers, we are interested in making improvements that benefit the animals we care for and the land we grow crops on. Part of working smart is utilizing technology and other tools available to do a better job producing food using fewer resources.


My 2013 National Ag Day blog post shared theEvolution of Dairy Farming featuring improvements dairy farmers have made over the years. It includes thoughts from my father, Tony Souza, and my father-in-law, Duane Hastings, both dairy farmers who have experienced many changes in dairy farming over the years.

Dairy farming is a unique and challenging business. In order to sustain farming and the food choices people enjoy today, it’s necessary to embrace farmers of all types and sizes. Successful farms producing quality food can be large, small, organic, or conventional. Healthy animals can be fed a variety of feed stuffs and be housed inside or outside. It’s ok if we adopt different practices. The goal for all farmers is caring for land and animals to produce quality products people want to consume. After all, we live on our farms and eat the food produced here!

National Ag Day is the perfect time to celebrate the food quality and choices we enjoy in this country. Thanks to farmers who work hard every day and to consumers who support what we do!

It’s National Agriculture Day!

It’s National Agriculture Day! I’m celebrating because dairy farming has been a way of life for me and my family for generations. My husband and I are glad to be raising our boys on a farm. But agriculture doesn’t only impact farm families, it’s far reaching touching everyone’s life.

Today is a great opportunity to reflect on how agriculture makes a positive impact in our lives; 
Food quality & choice – there is a larger variety of quality food in the store today than ever before
Fiber – plants, like cotton, and animals, like sheep, goats, and alpacas, produce wonderful fibers
By-products – many household items, medicine and other goods contain plant and animal products
Open space – large flat fields, small rolling fields, barns and tractors create beautiful landscapes 
Economic impact – farmers purchase lots of products and services which support local businesses
Strong community – farms are the backbone of viable rural communities 

This is one of my favorite photos of my sons, Garrett and Jack, and my husband, Lad

As dairy farmers, we are interested in making improvements that benefit the animals we care for and the land we grow crops on. Part of working smart is utilizing technology and other tools available to do a better job producing food using fewer resources.


My 2013 National Ag Day blog post shared theEvolution of Dairy Farming featuring improvements dairy farmers have made over the years. It includes thoughts from my father, Tony Souza, and my father-in-law, Duane Hastings, both dairy farmers who have experienced many changes in dairy farming over the years.

Dairy farming is a unique and challenging business. In order to sustain farming and the food choices people enjoy today, it’s necessary to embrace farmers of all types and sizes. Successful farms producing quality food can be large, small, organic, or conventional. Healthy animals can be fed a variety of feed stuffs and be housed inside or outside. It’s ok if we adopt different practices. The goal for all farmers is caring for land and animals to produce quality products people want to consume. After all, we live on our farms and eat the food produced here!

National Ag Day is the perfect time to celebrate the food quality and choices we enjoy in this country. Thanks to farmers who work hard every day and to consumers who support what we do!

Why Heritage/Heirloom?

It’s not an unusual question when talking to fellow ag folks. It’s something often misunderstood by potential customers. It’s not even in the knowledge of those railing against “factory farms” and condemning all production. Why heritage breeds? The modern large white breasted turkey can produce meat much more efficiently, more consistently, than a Bourbon Red […]

Does The Message or The Messenger Matter More?

The last couple of days immersed in the world of agriculture meetings, fellow “agnerds” and people from all corners of agriculture converged on San Antonio Texas for a large trade show called Commodity Classic. I “don’t belong” here. I don’t have thousands of acres, don’t raise enough corn to “matter”, don’t raise soybeans, and really […]

Spring In Motion

While many are just thinking February, some might be looking to March we’re thinking about…summer. Thanksgiving. Grilling. Preserving. Customer produce doesn’t just happen…and I started the first batch of (Beaver Dam)peppers yesterday. With a couple months growing time that’ll mean summer peppers fresh from the garden. Popcorn will go in soon, and we’re working on […]

Be Nice

Have you ever frequented a business where drama seemed to rule? The clip from Roadhouse (released in 1989) is classic advice from a classic actor. The main character, portrayed by Patrick Swayze, is hired to straighten up a bar. He observed a typical night and here he institutes changes in three simple rules. There is […]

What’s A Liebster Award?

There are many awards given in the social media world. There’s many with more subscribers and many with less. But getting a mention by a fellow blogger is nice. Thanks to Taylor at TheAggieHipster! And it’s a fun way to pass along some other cool blogs y’all might like too. These are ‘smaller’ blogs but […]

Winter Chores

Today was cold.  Despite the fidget temperatures and working outside for most of the day I have managed to stay comfortably warm by wearing layers of clothes and of course taking a couple breaks to warm back up. Weighing on my mind all day was the fact that the temperatures are supposed to get even [...]

Critter Care in Cold Weather

As we prepare for cold weather headed our way, northern friends may chuckle. Some have had wind chills of -70* and ice. But for the south, it’s not as common – 20s and 30s are normal winter, but a high of 27* and low of 9, as is predicted early next week, is bone chilling […]