Posts Tagged With: production

Farmers and Ranchers Join Shocker Fans for a Day at the Ballpark

Kansas farmers and ranchers greeted Shocker baseball fans with souvenir cups of lemonade and fan giveaways during the Wichita State vs. Southern Illinois baseball game on Sunday, Apr. 9, at Eck Stadium in Wichita. Fans had a great view of the action from the right field pavilion, where they were able to get their farming and food questions answered by the families who raise crops and livestock on their nearby farms.

Three lucky families — Brandi Rice, Sonia Payne and Elisa Valencia — won four-packs of tickets to the game through a contest on the CommonGround Kansas Facebook page.

Fans also enjoyed giveaways including pom poms and sunglasses. Volunteers Kim Baldwin, Janna Splitter and Katie Sawyer welcomed fans to the pavilion and answered questions about their farms.

The cups of lemonade weren’t just a welcome refreshment for a sunny spring day. They were also a great illustration of how much weed killer is applied to an acre of cropland. Tyler Field is about two acres, so if it was a field growing crops, farmers would only apply about two lemonades’ worth of weed killer to the area. The visual reference offers an enlightening comparison to understand how little weed killer is prescribed and mixed with water to be applied to a large area.

CommonGround is a national volunteer-based organization that connects grocery shoppers with the farmers and ranchers who raise their food.

Grocery shoppers have more food choices — and questions — than ever before, yet few personally know a farmer or rancher they can feel comfortable having that dialogue with. Sourcing credible information on food production can be especially challenging with the abundance of conflicting information online. CommonGround offers an opportunity to go straight to the source.

CommonGround aims to help grocery shoppers make more fearless food choices by building connections with farmers and ranchers, providing opportunities to ask questions and offering links to resources rooted in science.

Learn more at findourcommonground.com.

Love for the land, our families, our friends and our food – that’s what fuels our CommonGround community. CommonGround is funded by America’s corn and soybean farmers. Learn more at findourcommonground.com.

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Celebrate National Ag Day

National Ag DayMarch 19 is National Ag Day! We are excited to recognize and celebrate the contribution of agriculture in our everyday lives.

The National Ag Day program encourages every American to:

  • Understand how food and fiber products are produced.
  • Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.a
  • Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.

Thanks to the Agriculture Council of America for promoting awareness of National Ag Day across the country. Why celebrate agriculture? The ACA says it best:

“Agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis. But too few people truly understand this contribution. This is particularly the case in our schools, where students may only be exposed to agriculture if they enroll in related vocational training.

“By building awareness, the Agriculture Council of America is encouraging young people to consider career opportunities in agriculture.

“Each American farmer feeds more than 144 people … a dramatic increase from 25 people in the 1960s. Quite simply, American agriculture is doing more – and doing it better. As the world population soars, there is an even greater demand for the food and fiber produced in the United States.”

Join us in celebrating National Ag Day today, March 19, and National Ag Week all week! Learn more at http://www.agday.org.

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Worried about antibiotics? See what farm moms say.

DeEtta Bohling of Kansas Grains recently wrote  an interesting post called “Farm Moms for Responsible Antibiotic Use.” In the article, Bohling discusses a recent flyer titled “Moms for Antibiotic Awareness”, which was distributed to parents in southeast Kansas by PEW Charitable Trusts (below). The flyer calls for parents to “help end the misuse and overuse of antibiotics in food animal production.”

PEW flyer: Moms for Antibiotic Awareness

A flyer distributed by PEW Charitable Trusts to parents in the Neodesha school district.

Bohling writes:

“I worry about the foods that enter my mouth, especially when I don’t know how they were prepared. One thing I don’t have to fear, however, is antibiotics in my meat.”

Bohling goes on to discuss how farmers like CommonGround Kansas volunteer Teresa Brandenburg “take the judicious use of antibiotics very seriously.” 

The post answers several questions like:

  • Should you be worried about antibiotics in the meat you buy for your family?
  • Why are antibiotics given to livestock?
  • Is human health impacted by eating meat from animals given antibiotics?

If antibiotics in meat are of concern to you, this post is well worth a read. You also can learn more about antibiotics in livestock production at http://findourcommonground.com/food-facts/antibiotics/.  In addition, send your questions our way and we’ll connect you with a local volunteer farm woman who can tell you more.

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