AGCO Blog Contest Finalist: Kayla Ferris

Our second finalist in AGCO’s Blog Contest, “Articulating Agriculture” is Kayla Ferris from Texas, USA. Remember to post your comments all week to vote on your favorite blogger. Farm Life Lesson #7: Know who you’re Feeding

 I grew up a...

AGCO Blog Contest Finalist: Kayla Ferris

Our second finalist in AGCO’s Blog Contest, “Articulating Agriculture” is Kayla Ferris from Texas, USA. Remember to post your comments all week to vote on your favorite blogger. Farm Life Lesson #7: Know who you’re Feeding

 I grew up a...

Our second finalist in AGCO’s Blog Contest, “Articulating Agriculture” is Kayla Ferris from Texas, USA. Remember to post your comments all week to vote on your favorite blogger.

Farm Life Lesson #7: Know who you’re Feeding



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I grew up a Farmer’s Daughter. I drove a truck. I plowed fields. I even chopped weeds through my Daddy’s maize fields. Then I left the farm for a college town where I fell in love with an Agriculture major. This Farmer’s Daughter soon became a Farmer’s Wife.

My Farmer Husband and I lived in a small housing division. Every day I would watch neighbors leaving for work around 8am…and coming back home a little after 5pm. Anyone who knows anything about agriculture knows a farmer doesn’t have a 9-5 job. Why I even hoped my Farmer Husband would come home at 5pm everyday is a mystery. I had a lesson I needed to learn, and farm life schooled me one evening. I pulled out my cute farmwife cookbook, found a wonderful casserole, and spent the whole afternoon preparing the dish. I set the table and pulled my casserole out of the oven at 5:30. Just in time for supper. Only, there was not a Farmer Husband there to eat it. I waited. I decided to put the casserole back into the oven. He called about the time I was beginning to smell overcooked casserole. He was going to be another hour. In near tears, I imagined him eating cold, burnt, casserole.

That evening, I realized something. As a child, I had taken for granted the hours my Daddy worked. I would not do so again. My Daddy, my Farmer Husband, and other farmers do not have an easy job. They work crazy hours, they have no set schedule, and the fields don’t offer vacation. But they do it for us. And I’m not meaning just their families. That evening, I was worried about feeding him. He was busy feeding the world.”

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  • Powerful quote--"That evening, I was worried about feeding him. He was busy feeding the world." So true! Another great post!!
  • LOVE this post and it actually made me teary eyed!!! Great job Kayla.
  • Great post, Kayla! :-)
  • Great job Kayla! LOVED "busy feeding the world"
  • What an incredible article. Being a farmers daughter myself, I was very moved by it. This blog has renewed how proud I am to be a farmers daughter!
  • Very moving. Agriculture is what drives the entire world today. Farmers indeed have a tough job, but where would they be without coming home to good ole burnt casserole and a loving wife? Well Done
  • That was well said!
  • I love tractors!
  • Just when I though it couldn't get no hotter, i fell in love with the farmers daughter!
  • what kind of casserole was it??
  • what is red and looks like a bucket?
  • a red bucket!
  • Knowing who you are feeding, that must of been one heck of a casserole!
  • what a masterpiece. you are truely amazing.
  • boogity boogity boogity
  • I love this post. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO AMAZING. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO INSPIRING. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO TOUCHING SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MOVING SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLOVELY SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO TRUE
  • I cried.
  • wen i red this it brot bac memoreees of win i wuz a yung fellar out in da barn eatn grits and workn on windmeels. it made me miss my momma. i luvd her alot. i lik drivin tracters and hoarses and i like skinnee dippin in da creeck wit my freinds and shooten at my neighbus chickns. farmers wurk rel hard all right. rel hard. i had to skip schoool to takee overr the farm. it was wirth it tho. i luv the farmm and the chickens and the gotes and the cows and the lams and the alligators and the coyotes and the eleeefants.
  • That was an awe-inspiring epic. Masterpiece. Perfect. The title should be "sliced bread" because it is the greatest thing since.
  • Wow! What great writing Kayla. So descriptive. I remember the days as a young newly farm wife and thinking "on a schedule". What a learning curve for sure.
  • Great job! I didn't know you had a blog!! Looking forward to reading more!~
  • Thanks Kayla! Great blog! I have a deep love and appreciation for farmers and the job they do. It's a wonderful way of life!
  • Very true and powerful. Great job and God Bless you and your farm family!
  • Farmers definitely tick to a different clock! I sure enjoyed your story.... you are a wise Farmers Wife!
  • Very well written Kayla, and so very true. Now you have a beautiful farm family. :) God Bless!
  • Go Farmers!
  • Really enjoyed the blog. Amazing what we all learn as farmers. Thanks!
  • What were the top 10 "Farm Life Lessons"?
  • Great blog Kayla! I am with the previous comment, would love to read the rest of the top 10!
  • This blog is the best.
  • Wow! Great talent for writing! It was a fun read.
  • Thanks AGCO for a nice agriculture site. I enjoy farmer's wives stories the most since I am one myself. This one really hit home!
  • Good blog!
  • I marry my farmer husband this spring! Thank you for the insight!
  • My advice is to use a crockpot. Dinner is ready whenever the farmer comes in. Especially during the busy seasons!
  • We appreciate farmers.
  • Best blog of all the finalist!
  • Kayla, you are a beautiful farmer's daughter and now farmer's wife. Keep up the good work!
  • Greetings from Canada.
  • Thanks for the blog.
  • Hey Kayla! Enjoyed your story and I am sure he was glad to eat it!
  • Corn farmers feed the world.
  • What an awesome entry! Do you have more I can read?
  • I'm sure you have carried a few meals to the fields since those days : )
  • This is my favorite blogger.
  • Ditto!
  • Congratulations on being a finalist! You have a gift for writing!
  • Thanks for sharing your story! We so appreciate farm families! :)
  • "Know who you are feeding"...... Excellent title
  • Loved it! You have such a sweet family!
  • Thanks for the blog. I enjoyed reading it.
  • Wow. Thank you so very much for the comments! For those who asked...It was a very tasty chicken casserole that I actually made last night(and had to reheat for my dear Farmer Husband when he got home. Haha!) You are right, Martha. Crockpots are a farm wife's friend...along with the microwave!<br />And as far as the top 10 farm lessons...I think I get a new set every day! The older I get, the more I realize I still have a lot to learn! ;)
  • Mmmm Tasty chicken casserole sounds yum!
  • Do you have a recipe?
  • Hahahaha! Every day is a new lesson. You might write a autobiography!
  • How do you vote for best blog. I can not find the site...?
  • Thanks for sharing the blog. It is a big hit!
  • Congratulations and we hope you win!
  • A fun read.
  • God bless America and its farmers. Great blog!
  • Go kayla!
  • Awesome!
  • great!
  • It makes me proud to be an american and a farmer
  • farmers feed the world
  • Best blog
  • without farmers, my tummy wouldnt be too happy!!
  • day by day gettin better in everyway
  • farming is the last great adventure left in the world
  • Sweet!
  • hard work always pays off
  • great work
  • Hi kayla
  • amen to that
  • Rain makes the crops grow!
  • Best blogger
  • thank God for Rain!!
  • great post
  • Go girl
  • you would make a terrific columnist
  • Good job.
  • i love reading this post. very presentable
  • yay
  • wonderful, beautiful blog
  • no critisism here
  • We really like this!
  • epic masterpiece.
  • nothin like playin out in a big mud puddle
  • Hey blogger
  • Wow what a blog
  • Good job!
  • Win
  • Lots of fun!
  • john deere or case?
  • Win
  • That sounds like a tasty casserole
  • Naked and Hungry. Thats what we would all be without agriculture
  • Go
  • When is the best time for farmers to eat dinner?
  • Go!
  • beef. it is whats for dinner
  • We all eat at 7:30
  • Yea
  • farmers like dinner at 930. right when your hungry, but not too hungry you cant eat anything
  • Wow that is late
  • FARMERS FARMERS FARMERS
  • Fun
  • We tend to eat at 6:00
  • i farm.
  • Win
  • I like corn casserole
  • your blog inspires me to want to become a farmer
  • I farm too
  • sorry hank, but you cant just pick it up over night
  • Go
  • Darn. can you show me how?
  • Look at all these comments
  • Go
  • it is a life long practice of patience and skill. not everyone can do it, in fact, most can't.
  • You are right, thanks mrwise. Farming sure aint easy!
  • This is fun
  • Im a farmer too but no one asks me to write blogs
  • When handling livestock, easy does it.
  • Funny....
  • Great blog!
  • When stopping a tractor, it is advisable to put it in park.
  • Haha
  • When you see a mud hole that looks questionable, avoid it.
  • My Choice!
  • Yehaw
  • Go
  • Make sure you dont hit telephone poles with your equipment.
  • #1
  • What an excellent, and well-told story of agriculture. It was touching, well-written, and meaningful. Way to tell it Kayla!
  • Go
  • If your tractor rolls, don't eject. you will die. please stay in your seat.
  • MRWISE i hit one once. NOt a good thing!
  • Fun
  • Yea
  • When starting the tractor make sure it is in park, turn the key, and begin your task.
  • That's right Ano.... "Real Fun!"
  • Yes
  • mrwise, good advice
  • Fun fun
  • Never get off your tractor while it's rolling!
  • Mrwise, great work. farm safety is important
  • Wow
  • Wow fun
  • Good advise
  • YOU DUN GOOD GIRL!
  • Sweet
  • Go farmers!
  • Go
  • The Age of Enlightenment. The name itself sounds prominent and powerful. The Enlightenment was really a transition out of the middle ages. It was a philosophical, and cultural movement that spread across Europe and the American colonies. It brought new ideas, and quite frankly, a whole new way of life to the world.<br /> During the middle ages, most of the power was vested in religion. Governments, philosophies, and theories were all fundamentally based on religion. The Enlightenment brought forth a new idea. An idea of "separation of church and state." If people can never agree on religion than how can a government ever be successful for a long period of time? Much less, powerful? The Enlightenment idea would later serve as a basis for the American constitution. <br /> The Enlightenment would also bring forth a whole new perspective on science. People for a long time had viewed things "because God created it that way" rather than "How does God's creation work and what is it made of?" The Enlightenment gave science a whole new image. People were no longer condemned for stating that things worked because of this or that rather than God causes it to happen. This perspective made way for new approaches to investigation, reasoning, and problem solving. The world was Enlightened. New inventions were being made. New ideas were being proposed. The world as it had been was changing forever.<br /> The Enlightenment no doubt had a big impact on American culture. From helping form the foundation of our government, to forever changing nearly every theory or fact that is held in modern science. America had been "Enlightened." <br /> The Great Awakening was a period of religious revivals. The churches of the colonies were preaching heavy, complicated sermons that were probably, to be quite honest, dull. The Great Awakening really marked the beginning of bringing an emotional and personal effect to worship. This brought increased interest in religion, and a personal feeling of conviction and redemption. It also increased religious tolerance and many new denominations sprung up.<br /> But how exactly did the Age of Enlightenment and the First Great Awakening help our forefathers and fellow countrymen move closer and closer to the Revolution? The answer lies in the psychological core of both prestigious phenomenon. The Enlightenment really got people to start thinking on their own. It marked a time where people began seeking answers for themselves rather than relying on a superior source for the answer to everything. The greater reliance on ones own knowledge and wisdom rather than on God would then provoke a translation that they could rely on themselves rather than the English government. The Great Awakening forced people to make important choices regarding their religion. These important choices would later constitute to them making crucial choices regarding their political beliefs and loyalties. The men and woman of the colonies had to defy the authority that their current churches held in order to be converted to these new emotional denominations and teachings. At the heart of both of these periods in history lies one crucial element tying them to the Revolution. Rebellion. The rebellious nature of these events planted its mark and strengthened its nature on an already rebellious human psyche. The mindset of the colonists would forever change, and as a result, so would the country. We now are able to stand strong today; "Enlightened", "Awakened", and Free.
  • Good luck
  • good job
  • Go girl
  • MrWise. WOW. Just WOW.
  • Oh
  • gorgeous
  • Hey
  • magnificence in excelcius
  • i love blogs
  • KAYLA, THIS IS WONDERFUL.
  • Haha
  • Wow
  • MRWISE, please tell us something else! I love reading your comments! That are so true and wise!
  • Hi
  • Wonderfully Enlightened!
  • Thank you. The last thing I have to say is, Kayla's blog is the best by far.
  • Hello
  • OHH SOO TRUE!! SO WISE!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Hey
  • TEXAS IS THE BEST
  • Hehe
  • Yes! MRWISE, Me too!
  • Nm is best...jk
  • go go gog
  • Hahaha
  • Go
  • Good Job on the blog! MRWISE good job on the comments!
  • woW
  • wonderful
  • Hey
  • Seriously?
  • Ernestine Rose was once quoted " Slavery and freedom cannot exist together." Today we view slavery as a vulgar , terrible act of injustice. It carries such a negative connotation in America today that when we look back on history we wonder, "Why did it take so long for us to abolish this horrible thing??" We must take some things into consideration before we are quick to condemn our ancestors. Yes, Great Britain outlawed and condemned the act of slavery much sooner than did we, but circumstances were certainly different here. <br /> In the 19th century the majority of the income of the south was based on one thing: agriculture. With the introduction of the cotton gin in the late 1700's and early 1800's, farmers were able to produce cotton at an unheard of rate. Landowners quickly become wealthy, and (as is generally the case) with the wealth came a greed and desire to own more land and make more money. As these huge plantations sprung up, there became an immense need for laborers. The fad and acceptable practice at the time was slavery. Thus slavery became the entire backbone of the southern economy. <br /> While Great Britain was largely influenced by the Quakers, The United States was struggling to find a national identity and strong economic foundation. Slavery was a benefit to the United States. The problem began when people began viewing these black people as inferior to themselves. The bitterness resulting from their greed and selfishness led to cruel treatment of the slaves. It soon became clear that slavery could no longer coincide with freedom if the United States were to continue to prosper. <br /> In conclusion, I believe it took the United States so much longer to put an end to slavery because it had been rooted and accepted in our history, and had been such an essential part of our economy. It is well known that many of our forefathers including George Washington had owned slaves; and as with all fads, it is hard to recognize a new idea that is against what had been popular and accepted for so long. As Gerry L. Spence once said,, " Once slavery in America was not seen as radical. It became, instead, a revolutionary idea that slaves should be freed. When we have lived under a pernicious power long enough, no matter how oppressive, we grow so accustomed to the yoke that its removal seems frightening, even wrong." The most important influence on our delayed emancipation was the economic aspect. It may have been beneficial to some, but when anything is accompanied with greed there is always a negative impact. <br /> Our Nation was fundamentally based on the principal of freedom. We must look back and revere the men of our past like Abraham Lincoln, who so brilliantly helped preserve our unity and equality for the good of mankind. The United States of America would never have survived if slavery had continued much longer. As Lincoln so beautifully said in his Gettysburg Address, ".. that the nation, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that the government of the people by the people for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
  • Hello!
  • YEHAW
  • Great Blog! Good Comments!
  • What?
  • lets go!
  • gotta love mrwise haha
  • such beautiful writing kayla
  • Just having fun
  • Great Comments MRWISE!
  • Who is wise
  • farmers are americas backbone
  • everyone lets count to 10!!
  • 1!
  • Yea
  • 2!
  • 3!
  • True
  • 4!
  • It should have said "GREAT BLOG, Kayla!"
  • 5!
  • Hi
  • 6!
  • 7!
  • Hi
  • ever considered a career in journalism?
  • Wow, they've started a second page!
  • 8!
  • Fun
  • 9!
  • Oh
  • i would read this on a daily basis. no lie.
  • 10!
  • Ouch
  • MRWISE HAS Proven it. John deeres are better than Case.
  • Exibits very much talent in this arcticle.
  • KAYLA FERRIS!!!!!!!!
  • Haha
  • the reason i don't read the new york times is because they dont have articles by kayla ferris and MRWISE
  • First
  • YIPPEEEEEE
  • Deere's Rock
  • FIRST COMMENT!!!!!
  • I do not know
  • Hahaha
  • good job!
  • TO: anonymous, I'm sorry to inform you, but you were not the first to comment. maybe next time. Much love, MRWISE
  • NOTHING RUNS LIKE A DEERE
  • .? What time is it
  • JOHNDEERE AND CHEVROLET MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND.
  • I will really love for you for guests posting on blog.agcocorp.com
  • Mon lecteur vidéo dans joomla ne pas lire les vidéos dans firefox si la dernière version du lecteur Flash n'est pas installé. J'aimerais l'avoir comme un joueur professionnel de montrer une boîte de dialogue disant: «Voulez-vous installer flash player 10" ou comment il dit quand vous allez à un site web professionnel afin que les utilisateurs n'ont pas à rechercher et télécharger flash player manuellement .... . Est-ce que quelqu'un sait comment faire cela?.
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