AGCO Blog Contest Finalist: Kati McWaters

Our final finalist in AGCO’s “Articulating Agriculture” Blog Contest is Kati McWaters from Georgia, USA. Make sure to vote for your favorite blogger by posting your comment before 5pm EST today and the winner will be announced next week! When...

AGCO Blog Contest Finalist: Kati McWaters

Our final finalist in AGCO’s “Articulating Agriculture” Blog Contest is Kati McWaters from Georgia, USA. Make sure to vote for your favorite blogger by posting your comment before 5pm EST today and the winner will be announced next week! When...

Our final finalist in AGCO’s “Articulating Agriculture” Blog Contest is Kati McWaters from Georgia, USA. Make sure to vote for your favorite blogger by posting your comment before 5pm EST today and the winner will be announced next week!

When I was growing up, I spent a lot of time at the agricultural department at katimcwaters9.1the local high school where my father worked as an animal science teacher.I had to stay there after school until my mom got off of work. Dad would pick me up on horseback, or with a loaded stock trailer from elementary school and take me back to the Ag. Farm. I was bored out of my mind and I couldn’t wait to hear my mother’s car pull up so I could leap into the sanctuary of air-conditioning. I was almost always ready to escape from helping dad feed the animals, plant vegetables, pull weeds or sweeping off the school bus. I couldn’t stand having to go to the Ag. Farm. I grew up as most children do, and went to college for agricultural communications at the University of Florida. I had been gone from home for a while and the first thing I wanted to do was go to the Ag. Farm. As I pulled into the drive that led to the pastures, barn, classroom and animals I used to loathe, I realized how much agriculture meant to me and how I had grown to love it. Sure I was a spoiled brat when I was little, and I hated having to go outside with dad. But he taught me the beauty, responsibility and importance of agriculture. He may have coaxed me into helping with the daily chores, but in doing so he taught me respect for those who work in the agricultural industry. I now have a deep admiration for agricultural and those who live it. Thanks dad.

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  • Great post! I'm with you...I seem to appreciate that 'agricultural way of life' more and more every day.
  • Great post baby!! Im sure that there will plenty more agree with the Agricultural Way of LIfe..
  • What a beautiful garden!
  • This is such a heartfelt entry! I think your father would be so proud to know how you felt.
  • Fantastic post! And Kati you were far from a brat! ;) And your dad is an amazing person and teacher and thanks to him many people have a respect for the ag life :) You are truely blessed to have him as your father. Looking forward to more posts from you!
  • Florida Ag departments are valuable teaching avenues for our young people.
  • I'm so proud of you Kati.
  • Congratulations, Kati!!
  • Great stuff!
  • Well working with you isn't all that bad either, maybe I should be thanking your dad for that as well ;). Don't you love it when those things you hate become your reason for being? <br /><br />~!Antoine!~
  • What a great post Kati. You and your dad made some great memories.
  • Kati, so glad your Dad influenced you! Otherwise, ag communications would be without one of its most valuable persons! Love having you be "one of us" - we sure miss you around Rolfs Hall!
  • What a great blog, Kati. Good luck!
  • WellKati Lou, you were a brat, but we! loved you anyway! lol...great blog
  • Great blog Kati, good luck!
  • Your Dad influence's many children, you were amoung the top, with your brothers! Great Blog
  • What a testimony to your father! Your illustration is on to which most of use can relate...the memories of our childhood and appreciating the small things in life.
  • Well Written, Great job!
  • Loved your blog Kati.
  • Growing up in the industry I can really relate to everything you said...
  • Cute, Kati Lou
  • Great job and Go Gators!!!
  • We are fortunate to have your Dad as our Ag instructor. He raised a beautiful family and I am so happy you are carrying on the ag tradition.<br /><br />Angie H.
  • Loved your blog Kati! Also loved the pic!
  • Great blog Kati!
  • Reading this brought back many great memories. You, Clint, and Chad learned so much from your dad and his love of agriculture. I'm glad he passed it on to you and to your brothers. I'm thankful he continues to pass it on to his grandchildren.
  • I guess you know you made my eyes water! How proud your dad must be. The garden looks great! We missed you at the beach! Take Care!
  • Nice blog!!<br /><br />-- mike in Orlando
  • Enjoyed your blog. Good Luck!
  • Katie,<br /><br />Your dad is a true gentleman and inspiration.<br /><br />I've been working in my own garden this fall and enjoy it greatly.<br /><br />Of course, we miss you but wish you great success.
  • Terrific job. Good luck.
  • Great job, Kati! Good luck!!
  • Just thought of you yesterday, while posting inservice points. So nice to hear from you. Miss you!
  • Great post! Your story is very simular to mine . . . except mine was my grandfather and his farm. He often picked us kids up after school - my dad was the high school football coach and mom owned a very active beauty shop in a little South Texas town of 1300 folks. Thank you for bringing back a number of great memories! What a legacy of love that has been left to you.<br /><br />Steven Britt<br />Former Ag. Science & Technology Teacher<br />Spring Texas
  • Good Luck
  • It was a pleasure to watch you grow up around the ag farm. Glad to have you in the agricultural field.
  • There is nothing better than growing up in agriculture. The memories and lessons learned are somethings that can not be taught from a book.
  • Awesome!
  • Congrats Kati! I totally agree with you.
  • Great Post!
  • great job kati! After witnessing your adoration for the ag farm first hand on the ACLT trip it's easy to say this is such a clear depiction- very well said & written. the agriculture community is lucky to have you. good luck!
  • Kati, I can't imagine a more qualified nominee. Keep living the ag life, and congrats!
  • Great JOb! Good luck in everything you do!
  • Proud daddy moment for Roger. Enjoyed reading your blog. Good luck Kati!!!
  • What a touching story! It is obvious why Kati was selected as a finalist for this award. If only those who get stuck in a parade of cars behind a tractor and become angry would realize what the individual driving that tractor is doing for all of us. Teachers like Kati's Dad have a way of showing us things we have seen before but never truly appreciated. Thanks for this blog Kati and GOOD LUCK!!!
  • Great Job! Nice blog!
  • Love it Kati!
  • You are a true asset to the Ag community. Thank you for taking the time to write this and keep it up. Great read!
  • Great blog, proud of you and the program you're involved with.
  • Thanks for all the great comments! I really love agriculture and all those involved in this amazing industry.
  • Way to go Kati - Ag rules!
  • Nice blog!
  • Thanks so much for helping spread the appreciation for ag
  • kati you rock. good luck
  • You're a true assest to the Ag program!
  • I identify with your love for agriculture, and I wish more young people could have the opportunity to experience what farm life is all about.
  • Good call Kati! Agriculture has a way of sticking with you once you experience it. My only concern with this post is the past tense language prior to "spoiled brat".<br /><br />Chad
  • Your students are very lucky to have you and your love of AG.
  • kate we are so proud of you. you are doing such a good job. cant wait till you come home to visit.
  • There is nothing better than working with the land!
  • kati all of us at North Elementry miss you so much. especialy the 5th grade. Hope everything is going good for you.
  • We're very proud of you Kati M.
  • Good job Aunt Kati. I really liked it :)<br /><br />Brianna
  • We both share the love of the land and our future with it.
  • kati all of ur students are so lucky to have a teacher like you. :)
  • It's amazing how different things actually are when we look back at them. Great job, Ms. Mac!
  • Kati- I love this post, awesome story. I hope you are doing well up in GA!
  • Your precious little cherubs are surely proud of you!
  • I an so jealous kati. I know ur having the best time up there. See you soon.
  • i love hearing about people and how they growed up and agriculture. it always seems like its another world of wonder and amazment. wether it be from feeding the steers in the morning to plowing the weeds in the evening. its always great and so is your story.
  • Can you teach me how to grow such a pretty garden?
  • Great story...makes me want to move to the country.
  • love the blog keep up the good work.
  • Great Job Kati and your Dad too! Good Luck!
  • kati i didnt know you had a blog. great job.
  • kate i love it hope you win
  • You're making the agriculture community proud!
  • doing a great job. like the blog. come home soon
  • i would love to hear more about your story. very interesting
  • i know your Daddy is proud of you!!!
  • i wish i had a child hood like that very lucky
  • wow! love the story.
  • Great story!
  • very proud. good to see friends doing so well.
  • You're an inspiration for the future of AG.
  • glad you followed ur dream. good story
  • Loved your story - the seeds of AG were planted early.
  • gotta support our girl. good luck.
  • Thanks for all the informative posts...they are great to read.
  • Keep up the good work Kati!
  • Great job Kati!
  • I too lived on a farm...a turkey farm. But we had a huge garden partly due to the amount of fertilizer we had. There is something to be said for working on the land. Great blog!
  • You're doing a great thing!
  • You went from dreading something when to younger to loving it as an adult. You also gained so much knowledge, and that is what put in the direction of agriculture.
  • Our future students will be very lucky to have you and your love of AG!
  • The smell of the dirt after a rain is the best - I too love gardening and raising animals.
  • Way to go Kati!
  • There's nothing like working with a garden and how it gives us what we need to survive.
  • yay! good job! :)
  • Interesting read Kati
  • Way to go Kati - doing something you truly love.
  • Good job Kati!
  • Teaching is such a wonderful profession and you're super at it because you love it so!
  • Way to go Ms. Kati
  • You'll make learning fun for your students!
  • Loved your story and the inspiration you received from your Dad.
  • Ag teachers are the best!
  • Loved your story and can see why you love AG.
  • Your story is an inspiration for those toying with the idea of going into teaching and AG
  • We're proud of you Kati girl.
  • You're doing great!
  • Keep up the good work!
  • Great story!
  • Keep up the good work!
  • We're proud of you Ms. Kati
  • I wish I knew how much fun AG could be and how much I would of enjoyed it!
  • Great job!
  • I can remember spending time waiting with you while "the big kids " had their FFA meetings , Judging pratice and whatnot !! Boy how we took those days of your dad setting us to a task until he got finished with the older kids for granted !I would give anything to be able to go run around the Ag farm on an "grand adventure " again !
  • Your story shows how we learn from others without realizing it at the time.
  • Life gives us some great journeys!
  • Way to go Kati.
  • Way to go girl.
  • We're so proud of all you've accomplished!
  • You doing a great job representing AG.
  • Way to go, we're proud of you.
  • Great blog
  • Enjoyed your blog
  • AG blog is great.
  • Your blog is a definite seller to those looking to get into AG
  • Great blog info!
  • Your story is an inspiration!
  • It's evident you love what you're doing and that makes for one great teacher.
  • Great blog, Kati!
  • Great story Kati
  • We need more teachers like you!
  • Enjoyed reading your blog info.
  • AG is so important to our future - thank you for your devotion to it.
  • We're proud of you and your AG direction.
  • Great AG blog
  • Way to go Kati
  • Kati, we're your biggest fans!
  • Way to go Kati
  • AG is #1
  • Good post Kati!
  • AG students have Heart!
  • Great job!!!!!!
  • I love the story Kati, Dad's have a special impact on daughters which seem to be realized much later in life.
  • Great story Kati! I remember you being at the ag farm after school, but I sure don't remember you not liking it. You always seemed to enjoy being there. <br /><br />Your Dad is a wonderful man who has inspired hundreds of kids through the years (including me- he was just mentioned in my company spotlight), I'm glad you got to you too :-)
  • This is a great post! Thanks Kati!
  • Well written!
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