I traded dirt roads for the Denver pavement this week in order to participate in the MBA Top of the Class Training. While most folks think of an MBA as a business degree, in my world, the letters represent Masters of Beef Advocacy. Sponsored by the farmer funded Beef Check Off, the MBA program exists to inspire farmers and other beef advocates to share their story.
The core information learned in the MBA program creates a basis of necessary knowledge and skills to begin the advocacy journey. The Top of the Class Training consists of a two day intensive seminar which enables MBA graduates to find a higher gear on their journey. Top of the Class graduates are “super advocates” who consistently channel their passion in order to share the story of beef.
I was invited to provide the Keynote Address as well as mentor other bloggers in one on one learning sessions during the two day event. The topic of my Keynote Address was “The Evolving Journey of a Beef Advocate”, and preparing the power point presentation for the speech was a bit like traveling down memory lane. My advocacy journey began with public speaking events and routine media interviews in 2006. It eventually lead me to creating this blog in 2011.
- I became a farmer because I fell in love.
- I became a farmer advocate because when you believe in something, you want to share it.
After more than a decade, I remain an advocate because I believe that the stability of our country is intrinsically tied to the availability of food.
A plentiful and safe supply of food relies heavily on eliminating the knowledge gap between the 98% of the population that consumes food and the 2% of the population that not only consumes it but also grows it.
- Farmers need to share their story.
- Others outside of agriculture need to engage and listen.
Together we create a meaningful dialog that leaves all of us smarter and ultimately protects the livelihood of our country.
Feed Yard Foodie is not just “Anne’s Story” — Feed Yard Foodie is a piece of Anne. I sustain in my advocacy journey by remaining true to my core values and creating a revolving fountain of energy through the personal growth that I gain from living on a farm and writing about those experiences. I tell my girls to always pack their FAITH.
These are the core values that make me “Anne” and they provide the heart and soul of my advocacy. I may not always be right, but I always care and that’s what keeps me going…