Hello, from an official COLLEGE GRADUATE.

Well, guys, I did it. I graduated from college and guess what the first thing I did was. I moved home. I am the stereotypical boomerang kid. Only for a few months though because this September I am moving. I will no longer be a Wyoming farm kid in Wyoming. I will be a Wyoming farm kid in South Dakota. I am becoming a midwesterner. That is a sentence I never thought would be coming from me. It is going to be a whole new world and I am ready for it. Let’s see if I pick up those midwestern sayings or the accent. So any advice is welcomed and encouraged.

~♥~ A FARMER’S DAUGHTER ~♥~

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Hello, from an almost college graduate.

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Well, guys, it has been a hot minute again, hasn’t it? It has been a crazy last few months. Starting my final semester of college and trying to outrun my senioritis has been a bit of a struggle, I am not going to lie. Like this moment, for instance, I am writing this when I could be doing the schoolwork that is more pressing and actually has a deadline, but I like this better. There has been a lot going on. So, I graduate in two weeks, more specifically 14 days, 8 hours and 58 minutes. Can you tell I am almost done, because I am. I have been really thinking about what I want to do with my life trying to figure that out in a few weeks what I should have been figuring out over the last four years, but hey, you don’t know till ya know, right? I’ve always loved the farm and growing up there and it really is what I know. It is what I love and what means the most to me. Aside from the farm providing amazing photo opportunities, it has taught me so much about the world and what it means to work hard for the benefit of the globe. It really grinds my gears when people do not understand all that it means to be a farmer and the privilege they have of eating every meal. Not to be hypocritical because I am guilty, too, of not being as appreciative as I should be for all that has been provided to me, but I have knowledge and care for what it takes to get the food from the farm to the table. So for something in the future that I would like to do involves agriculture because as you all know, or will know, “We put the AG is SWAG!”

~♥~ A FARMER’S DAUGHTER ~♥~

Mini Update

Hey folks, in case you have not noticed I have made a sharp right turn into the field of Agriculture as the subject of my blog. It is what I grew up knowing and loving and I want to continue to learn and share about this a-maize-ing lifestyle. I would like to combine my love of the farm with my love of photography so I plan on keeping this site updated as frequently as possible with photos. I also want to share what I learn so hopefully I learn a tonne and share a tonne with you all. I hope this site grows and can help educate everyone about the farming and ranching community. Thanks for your support.

~♥~ A Farmer’s Daughter ~♥~

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A day or two in the life of a Farmer/Rancher

 

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Going outside in the morning, these are the first to welcome the farmer as he heads out to feed the livestock.
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Winter days on the farm revolve around the animals. Here are a few of the cows waiting for their lunch. Because this is a farm and ranch, the cows are scheduled to calve in February so the crops can be taken care of in the summer.
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This is Farmer Keith and his loyal companions, Buck and Belle, holding the gate for the feeder to come spread the mixed feed. These two animals are loyal to a fault and play a major part in the farm’s dynamic. If Keith leaves them home they will cry and whine until he returns.
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The sign on the old barn reads “Little Dropout Ranch”. The name was inspired by the fact that the original owner dropped out of school in eighth grade and started farming. Seeing this everyday reestablishes the feeling of thankfulness that he has been lucky enough to be able to live his dream.
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This is the original barn on the place which is surrounded by the main corrals. These corrals created many memories because they are where we had our brandings and where we trained our 4-H animals.
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Here is that same barn the very next day. It perfectly represents the wide array of weather conditions farmers need to be able and equipped to handle. This storm created some issues while trying to accomplish tasks that were supposed to happen in better weather but they were completed in blizzard weather.
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Here is Farmer Keith setting up a fence to keep the cows safe and where they need to be. The surprise of the snow was not very appreciated but the work never stops for the weather. Life goes on and the job has to be done.
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Surprisingly, the majority of his day is consumed by his phone. Being in charge of a crew who do not have as much experience can be challenging when there is so much that needs to be accomplished. He was resistant to smartphones but they have ended up being a huge advancement in how the farming-ranching operation is run..

~♥~ A FARMER’S DAUGHTER ~♥~

I am Pro GMO.

Guys, I am climbing up on my soap box, something I rarely do. I feel as though I have seen too much fake news about this topic in which I believe wholeheartedly. Please bear with me because I am slightly fired up. While scrolling through Pinterest recently, I was presented with a pin that made me uncomfortable. It negatively depicted something I know to be a life-changing, life-saving product. This pin was promoting the anti-GMO agenda. I am a small town, farm raised college student and in my time at University, I have researched and written papers and speeches about this very topic. I am an advocate of Genetically Modified Organisms. I have interviewed various experts

Digging Beets on the Johnson & Schuebel Farms on the outskirts of Cody, Wyoming.

and listened to  guest speakers advocate for the same product I have seen grow first hand. Research shows that Glyphosate also known as Round-Up is less toxic than coffee, caffeine and table salt. It is a well-known fact that we live in a world obsessed with coffee. People put it into their bodies every day. Yet, so many are scared of what they have no knowledge about. I know for a fact that farmers would not grow something that feeds millions something that they would not feed to their own families first. I am sorry to say, people who believe and are a part of this Non-GMO movement are simply uneducated, and are influenced by the uneducated. If you have made it this far and are anti-GMO I ask you to do the research for yourself. Find reliable sources. You will see just how important, safe and necessary GMO’s are to sustaining the lives we live and the growing number of lives we are creating.

~♥~ A FARMER’S DAUGHTER ~♥~

Wait, What? MMP is over and it’s 3 days until SUMMER.

Just in case you forgot..this is me and this is my reflection on the Spring 2018 Semester in Multimedia Production. In the beginning I wanted to learn more about videography and photography and I feel as though I have done that. More than that, I learned more about many more facets of production in technology. I now have a basic, working knowledge of many useful skills. I learned the best way to interview someone in order to get useful information while getting unique and interesting information at the same time. I found that I really enjoy the audio and video aspects which were something I had never tried previously and I think I would like to pursue something in these areas. I would not have been able to do either of these tasks without some of the knowledge I acquired in this class. My favorite assignment this semester would be a tie between the audio and the video they were fun and challenging in their own rights and I enjoyed those challenges. My lease favorite would, unfortunately, would have to be the photography assignment. It is this one because I was not completely clear on the instructions and the shots we were supposed to get and I did not enjoy the ones we were supposed to take.  If I were to tell myself anything, it would be to be a little more on the ball about assignments and not put them off. Overall, this class allowed me to explore a variety of different skills and I enjoyed being able to do that.

You Scream, I Scream, We all Scream for Big Dipper Ice Cream!

First, let me ask you this…Who, of you, does NOT absolutely love, adore, live on ICE CREAM?

All of you? That is what I thought. Oh, whoops, I am so sorry to those of you who are lactose intolerant and/or choose not to partake in this amazing concoction. I truly am so so sorry.

Well my friend, Jamie, and I love ice cream so decided that it would be super neat to look into the Big Dipper Ice Cream Shop and see what makes them amazing and truly unique. We took a somewhat promotional angle on the subject because this shop truly deserves to be known. We want to be the ones who have the honor of really getting their name on the map. They were amazing to work with and interview which made this project an amazing experience.

It was so much fun to go into the shop more than once in one week and have a valid reason to eat ice cream for lunch. Shooting the interviews and B-role was a blast; however, editing gave us its own set of issues. The owner, John Schutterle and the store manager were great to work with and the free scoop of ice cream did not hurt 😉 They were super nice and easy to shoot. The store is beautiful and gave us some great shots to use. Editing was fun but challenging. It was fun to put together but difficult to fit it together and make it flow well. Overall, it was a great experience.

I was slightly surprised at the fact that B-role was as difficult to shoot as it was. The thought of it seems simple, but in reality it was pretty hard without the proper equipment. Have a nice Canon camera helped a ton. There was some miscommunication between iMovie and Youtube because the quality of the iMovie was amazing but when it transferred to Youtube the quality decreased substantially because it ended up so blurry which was not the case when editing it in iMovie. So if I were to change anything it would be the quality of the final posted video.

Video is an amazing way to tell any story, if you have read my previous posts you would know that I love my family and want to do my best to preserve our story. It is an awesome way to show the next generations a little bit of the life that was lead before they came and the life they lived before their memory develops.

I  now have more of an understanding and respect for Youtube stars and others who do this on a regular basis and create an awesome video and experience for the viewers.