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A while back, I was scrolling through Facebook. And I came across a video by a large animal activist group. The video was horrible! They used videos, pictures, lies, sad music and anything else they could to play on people’s emotions to convince them of their negative agenda. As I continued scrolling, I saw it again. By then, I was wondering why this was even on my news feed. That’s when I realized it was being shared by dairy farmers! Their captions would read, “Can you believe this stuff?” or “OMG, did you see this?”

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Tell your story. Get on social media. Join the bandwagon that is now everyday life for the consumer. Odds are you have come across an article or person that has encouraged you to either tell your personal story or your farm story. If you know me – and odds are you don’t – you know I am on social media. I post pictures of our farm and write up small blogs on Facebook and Instagram.

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It was one of those falls up here that was wetter than normal. We had gotten our corn silage chopped off, and now we were going at our high-moisture corn. I always hired my neighbor, Howie, to come with his combine and two trucks to harvest my corn.

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Maybe it’s a workout class, going on a walk or chasing the cows that got out last night. The better shape you’re in, the better you feel and the better you perform.

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While listening to a recent National Public Radio broadcast about women in leadership roles, the term “safe women” was mentioned multiple times. I was intrigued, irritated and then inspired to speak from the heart. During the interview, safe women were portrayed as women who can be counted on to do what is expected of them.

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I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately. I guess, in all honesty, it’s my attempt to begin to get a grasp on so many of the complexities life has to offer. While I wish I could say that I have made a vow to reduce time on social media, often this reading occurs at the end of a long day when I find myself on my phone searching for … something.

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