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Agriculture Advocacy North Dakota

North Dakota Banquet in a Field

North Dakota Banquet in a Field - Prairie Californian

I had the amazing pleasure and opportunity of attending the annual North Dakota CommonGround Banquet in a Field last week. If you are unfamiliar with CommonGround, it is a group of Ag-related women who volunteer their time to foster conversations about how food is grown. Women volunteers share their personal stories and connections to agriculture and in doing so demonstrate we all have CommonGround when it comes to the food we put on our tables.  This event is truly a farm to…

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Agriculture Advocacy Crop Tour Farming

New Beginnings

Crops 2016-7

 If you were to visit North Dakota in the summer, you’d fall in love. It is green, the crops are growing, the weather is favorable. There are prairies as far as the eye can see, spectacular sunsets, gorgeous lakes and in some parts of the state beautiful rocky bluffs and blooming sunflowers. On a particularly calm day, you’d think it is paradise.  Winter, on the other hand, is another story. It is as if everything has disappeared, the leaves, the plants,…

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Agriculture Advocacy

What is an Agronomist?

What is an agronomist- - Prairie Californian

Last year I traveled all over the country. In travels, it is pretty typical, one of the first questions someone asks is “oh what do you do?” As in, what do you do for a living. I like to joke that my “day job” is working full time for my husband who is a partner in an agronomy business called Maverick Ag. And usually when I drop the word “agronomy” people give me this funny look and say “agrono…what?” Most of the time…

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Agriculture Advocacy

Be the Change You Want to See in the World

Be the change you want to see in the world.

If you’ve had the opportunity (or torture, ha!) to hear me speak or have read this blog for any amount of time, it may be clear that I love to share all the wonderful positives that can come about when you choose to take on a personal commitment towards having conversations about agriculture. I regularly encourage more people to take on this personal commitment. But the truth is that this journey towards communicating about Agriculture hasn’t always been full of…

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Agriculture Advocacy Corn Crop Protection Farming Soybeans

Improving the Genetics of Our Food

GMO facts

It is no secret to any of you that I LOVE food. I love the amazing diversity of fresh fruits and vegetables I can find right here in the middle of nowhere North Dakota. I also love learning about how that diversity of fruits and vegetables came to be. I am constantly amazed when I dig deeper into the history of our crops and what is being done with technology today in order to improve those crops in an ever-changing…

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Agriculture Advocacy Social Media

A Foodie Mom’s Perspective on Agriculture

Foodie Mom's Perspective on Agriculture featuring Alice of Hip Foodie Mom - Prairie Californian

This year I had the opportunity to be involved in a blogger trip through Best Food Facts called TASTE15. Through a series of trips, a group of food and agriculture bloggers had the opportunity to check out a small portion of how our food gets to the grocery store and finally to our plates. Throughout the various trips, we got the opportunity to meet experts and ask questions regarding our food. But more than that, we all got to make…

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Agriculture Advocacy Vacation

TechMunch Conference in NYC

Techmunch Conference in NYC

You may have been living vicariously through my last two weeks as I hopped a plane to the Big Apple. I had the amazing opportunity to attend TechMunch, thanks to National Wheat Foundation. This was my first time in NYC and it is safe to say I was pretty intimidated about attending. But I pulled on my “big girl” boots (my Sunflower cowboy boots) in the Big Apple to attend.   TechMunch was created to help food bloggers learn the skills they…

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The Food Babe Way is Not Sustainable

The Food Babe Way is Not Sustainable

Lately it seems like the tables have turned on the Food Babe. Recently, a woman who coined herself the Science Babe wrote a post on Gawker entitled “Why the Food Babe is Full of Sh*t”. Granted, I am not a fan of the language in the post, but the Science Babe exposes some honest truths when it comes to the Food Babe and what she stands for. It didn’t take long before outlets like Cosmo, Elle Magazine, Vox, and even…

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Agriculture Advocacy Family Farming

What Does Agriculture Mean to You?

National Ag Day

Today is National Ag Day, but as people around the nation celebrate a day to acknowledge and recognize agriculture, I want to take some time today simply to share what Agriculture means to me. I’ve gotten the pleasure to share all about why I am Agriculture Proud before, but I want to put the pen to paper here.  Agriculture is so much more than something just for those of us involved in it to be proud of at the end…

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Agriculture Advocacy Recipes

Aluminum Free Tortillas: Are Food Labels Getting Out of Control?

Aluminum Free Tortillas- Are Food Labels Getting Out Of Control-

The other night the hubby and I were in the kitchen. I was stirring some taco meat on the stove while the hubby was setting the table. He reached in the fridge and got out our usual staples for taco night: sour cream, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and flour tortillas.  He set the tortillas on the table and laughed. I turned around and asked “what’s up?” He proceeds to tell me, in case I was wondering, our tortillas were aluminum free.…

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