Can You See It?

Hello Lil Ass Followers!  Can you see it in the horizon, no not the sun, make sure you’re sitting down for this one…the end of summer is drawing upon us FAST!  Okay now that you’ve gotten over my shocking announcement pick yourself back up; it’s not over yet.  There is 8 or 9 days until the Minnesota State Fair for twenty days until Labor day (kids don’t read this part) which means school starts in MN in twenty-one days.  I can hear the parents rejoicing from here; quiet down adults or the kids won’t think you love them.

So that leaves 15-20 days left to do whatever it is YOU want to do.  Yes there are practices and activities that will happen between now and then, but if needed you can make a mini-vacation work.  There is still the Steele County Fair happening in our area this week and that’s a great opportunity to take your family out to see the hard work and dedication that the 4-H and FFA kids have put into their projects through out the year.  So I hope that you don’t sweat the small details and worry about summer ending soon, enjoy it while it’s still here and soak up every ounce of sun you can for soon we’ll all be complaining about that white stuff on the ground and the bitter cold temperatures.  As an old football coach used to say “Enjoy the Season!”

Now what have we been up to on the farm?  Well it’s been a busy summer mowing the lawn as it doesn’t quit growing, weeding and harvesting our luscious vegetables from my garden, taking care of our livestock (we always have fresh chicken and eggs for sale), and myself, I’ve been working with my two county Farm Bureau’s that I’m Office Assistant for, and

lots of volunteering!  Karla has been working hard at her two jobs, but has also been able to take some time off and has enjoyed some fun day trips  with friends.

What volunteer work you wonder?  I have lots of irons in the fire at all times and I have to be honest some times I’m not sure if I’m coming or going.  The main ones I’ve been working with this summer have been MN Farm Bureau as a member of the Promotion & Education State Committee, Rice County Master Gardeners, and my biggest loves FFA and 4-H.  For FFA I’ve been active as a Randolph FFA Alumni Executive Committee member and Secretary; this past weekend the FFA Alumni and New Trier Tractor Pullers held a joint Tractor and Truck Pull.  Even though it rained a ton a day before the pull, the crew got the track in great shape and it was a success!

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Brian judging general projects @ the Dakota County Fair 

My favorite part of the summer is always the county fairs and even though this year I’ve only been able to go to two of them (Rice and Dakota) I’ve enjoyed them both!  I grew up a Rice County 4-H member and will always see that as my “home” county.  I would have to say coming in at a close second would be Dakota because of a few different reasons: I know so many kids and families in Dakota County it’s fun to see them all exhibit their animals and general projects, I’ve always gone to the Dakota fair because I grew up right next to the county and had lots of friends there, plus the competition is really fierce in the county, but the kids as far as I can tell really enjoy showing together and do it with respect.  This past week Dakota County 4-H celebrated 100 years of 4-H in the county; what an awesome accomplishment!  That’s a lot of sweat, blood, and tears that have been shed in those barns.

What’s the reason I wrote about all of this crazy talk of enjoying summer, doing what you love, and enjoying what you do?  Well since you asked, it’s because summer is almost over and with that brings the end of one season and onto another.  If we don’t take the time to “smell the roses” then they’ll die before you knew they were in bloom.

Have a great day and when in doubt, be nice to one another!

 

 

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FFA Week

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As many people in the agriculture world know, this week is FFA week for the USA and is a great time to publicize and endorse all things FFA.  I was not able to join FFA while in high school because I was involved in too many other great organizations (4-H, sports, youth group, etc)  While in school  I heard so many great things from my classmates who went to Randolph Schools to be taught by Ag Instructor/FFA Advisor Ed Terry.  They were so excited to be able to travel the short distance from Northfield to Randolph to take part in Ag class.  Now as an adult and after marrying into the Hallcock family I became involved with the Randolph FFA Alumni group as a member and have now served on the alumni board since around 2007.  What a great group!

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This week to me though is all about the great instructors and students who take part in the programs across the country.  Here in Minnesota we have so many great FFA programs located through out the state.  Each chapter has it’s own niche and strong point.  One of the major impacts that Randolph has in the community is the Corn Drive for Camp Courage.  During harvest students travel the area visiting farms, gathering donations of either corn or money to go towards Camp Courage.  They have done this for many years and bring in a lot of money for the program.

During the week and every day make sure you show how proud you are to be involved with FFA; whether it be as a student, alumni, parent, or instructor!  There is a lot to be proud of and for one week a year this is the time to show off to the rest of the world!  Below is a challenge for all of you to do on social media:  ffa week

Many of you already use social media each and every day, so why not show off how #FFAProud you are?