As a fourth generation Memphian and the third in the line of women who went to what is now the University of Memphis, I rarely thought of agriculture growing up. And my guess is the farmers portrayed in movies or on television were a general stereotype… I didn’t think much about it being inaccurate or accurate. That started to change when I got a job that involved me contacting farmers directly. And it didn’t take long for me to realize I had stumbled into a great industry — one that is made up of people who are willing to share their knowledge in the most genuine ways sharing themselves and their stories.
Although I grew up city, my path has taken some unique turns from attending a small college in Oklahoma, grad school in Memphis, working at an agency in metro New York and living in the Mississippi Delta for more than a decade. Travel around the US and the world has allowed me to meet a lot of people and learn so many incredible things. I find myself still working in agriculture not just because it’s a job, but because it has become one of my passions.
The openness and honesty from farmers and the passion I have for agriculture is what I hope to bring to this blog. And wherever possible, I’ll let farmers tell their own stories by video, audio or quotes…. I want to hear a bit about each farm and some of the things that farmers have on their minds whether that be the successes or failures associated with crop production or what it’s like to be in rural America. And hopefully I can provide some additional insight I’ve picked up along the way from talking to the people upon whom we depend to produce for our food and fiber. And while I’m a Southern girl who loves cotton and will certainly talk to people nearby about topics I have some experience with but I’m also looking forward to meeting farmers that can help me better understand other areas of agriculture.