I hardly have time to stay on top of my own blog, so I don’t always have a chance to stay up-to-date on the other blogs I enjoy. They cover a variety of topics, but all tend to be centered around the things I am passionate about: agriculture, food, rural culture, college living, and career development. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do (when I have time)!
The Pinke Post – Pinke Post is authored by a mentor that I also consider a very good friend. Katie Pinke chronicles her life as an always-on-the-go working mother. She shares tidbits about life on the North Dakota prairie, her family’s farm, and the ever interwoven career-and-family relationship.
A Colorful Adventure – Janice Person loves cotton. In fact, she loves agriculture in general. The other things she loves include travel, culture, photography, and Jay-Z. (She even has a metal rooster on her deck named after him.) On her blog, she bridges agriculture to her many other interests, in creative and fascinating ways!
The Adventures of Hannah Bob – Hannah is a fierce, sassy, intelligent, hilarious woman, who lives in Texas with her husband “Superfriend.” She writes about everything, but my FAVORITE series on her blog is “Adventures in Dating.” Some are about her actual dating stories, and some are advice. They’re sincere, heartfelt, and often funny.
Rural Gone Urban – Brooke Clay is a great gal and a hilarious writer. She shares thoughts about life as country girl in the city and a cattlewoman-gone-tourism-writer. Her posts are spunky and always interesting, and she’s definitely got a great way with words. This is a must-read!
Crystal Cattle – Crystal is a Canadian-gone-midwesterner. She came down here for college and never turned back. She’s a strong voice and authority in the beef cattle industry, and has a great series on her blog called Turquoise Thursday. She has the PERFECT blend of ag info and fashion on this blog!
Just Farmers – My friends Jeff, Mike, and Ray (all a part of this list individually) decided they needed a project to focus their know-how in social media into a definite cause. So, they started Just Farmers, a blog about social media in agriculture. Their awesome posts often include useful statistics, visual aid, and great sources.
Common Sense Agriculture - Jeff Fowle is a no-nonsense type of guy. On Common Sense Agriculture, Jeff shares opinions, anecdotes, and insights regarding his life as a northern California cattle rancher. He covers a variety of topics, from fatherhood to agriculture to volunteer work to politics.
Ray-Lin Dairy – Ray Prock covers topics regarding the dairy industry, agricultural technology, mobile uses in ag, and everything in between. He shares information about the California dairy industry, including environmental awareness, cow comfort and welfare, food safety, resource management, and integrating the family into the operation.
Haley Farms – Managed by my great friend Mike Haley with input from his wife Pam, this blog shares life on the farm. Mike has some great photo documentation of his life as an Ohio cattle, grain, and hay farmer. Mike will also occasionally touch on agvocacy issues, including a call to action regarding statements made by Oprah.
I Am Agriculture Proud – Ryan Goodman is a good friend who I met in passing on Twitter, through #AgChat. Ryan created a Facebook fan page and blog entitled I Am Agriculture Proud to share his ag passion and strengthen the bonds of the online ag community. Ryan is a cattleman, but is currently attending grad school in livestock reproduction.
Darin’s Ramblings – Darin Grimm is a farmer from Kansas who considers himself an “introvert.” While he’s generally a shy person, the social media bug bit him. His blog discusses agricultural technology, social media, rural lifestyle, and “agvocacy.” His posts are definitely rated more by quality than quantity.
Farming America – David Hayden and I met in person for the first time at the #Agtastic party before AgChat Conference 2012. Since then we have been great friends, we’ve shared some great thoughts on agricultural advocacy together. Farming America is a GREAT up-and-coming agvocacy platform!
I’ll continue adding to this list as I find myself reading more blogs regularly. These are not the only ones that I read by any means, but they are the ones I read the most!