A throwback from my farm braodcasting days with some incredible agriculture communicators at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.

Life Lesson No. 15 – To Communicate…

A wise agricultural communicator once told me (and continues to) that “to communicate is the beginning of understanding.”  She’s 100% accurate. It is through effective (and objective) communication we are all able to become more informed and educated on current events, issues, and other things that interest or even amuse us.  It is a mantra many Ag journalists/communicators I know live by each and every day.  Believe me, if you had Dr. Jim Evans, Del Dahl, or Bob Siebrecht for any ag communications courses at the University of Illinois, that phrase became deeply ingrained in your brain.  It is also a mantra I feel more people should take into consideration when it comes to making informed decisions or “choosing sides” when it comes to current events and issues.

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LIVE Lesson No. 14 – Confessions Unplugged and On-Stage!

Hello friends! I can’t begin to describe how excited I am to share this podcast with you.  Just over a week ago, Holly, Emily, and I had the opportunity to take our podcast on the road and share with women of all ages at the 2015 Women in Agriculture Conference at Jumer’s Casino in Rock Island. From gaining a new perspective on what the next 5 years of farming is going to look like from Dr. David Kohl in the morning, to visiting with friends we hadn’t seen in a while to “podcasting,” on stage, live, in front of a ballroom full of women (did I mention, we were on stage, with microphones?), we had a wonderful time.

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Life Lesson No. 12 – Choices, Chances, Changes.

Hello friends! It has certainly been too long since my last blog post of the beginning of the school year. It’s hard to believe we are starting the month of October. This first quarter of school has certainly flown by. I promise I will update you all soon on the many activities of the Midwest Central FFA Chapter.  We have a great group of kids in our program this year and I’m excited to share their accomplishments with you!

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Life Lesson No. 10 – The Goodness of the Lord.

In our latest Farm Wife podcast we talk about a subject that we have discussed at great lengths “off-air,” but never “on-air,” Emily’s exciting news (I am so happy for their family!) and my battle with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).  I can honestly say without the support of these two, incredible farm moms, I would have lost this battle a long time ago. I am blessed to call them friends.

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Life Lesson No. 6 – Compassion, Humor and Style.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a recovering farm broadcaster.  Almost a year ago, I made one of the hardest decisions to-date. I left my dream job as AgriBusiness Director for 1470 WMBD and 1290 WIRL in Peoria and accepted a position at LG Seeds as their Marketing Coordinator. It was a big step, but at the time, it felt like it was a step in the right direction for many reasons. While I dearly miss farm broadcasting and the people I worked with, LG has been a great learning experience that has given me the opportunity to grow personally and professionally. My new role has also enabled me to try new things like blogging and podcasting…

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