Ask A Professional

When you want accurate answers to questions about such things as your health, financial investments, or automotive problems for example, you go directly to the people who can answer your questions best with facts to back them up. It’s their job to know all there is to know about their profession and you rely on their knowledge.

Professionals are good at their job because they stay current on new information in their field that they can use to arm themselves to be more valueable in their industry and people they serve. They have experience in their career and stay up-to-date on issues regarding their job.

People get their information from a doctor, financial advisor, or auto mechanic because they want dependable, reliable, and knowledgeable professionals that they can trust to inform them, and why wouldn’t they? Experts know all there is to know about their work, so how is it any different with the farmers and ranchers who produce and grow food for people? They are the experts in an industry that serves other people just like financial advisors, medical professionals and auto mechanics. They pay special attention to issues that are impacting their industry, consumers, and the environment they depend on to produce food in today’s world.

On Food Dialogues, people are encouraged to interact with real farmers and ranchers and to ask questions, and real farmers and ranchers answer them. The questions that other people have asked and the answers to them can also be viewed. The site features videos aired on Discovery Networks, agriculture in the news, and a twitter feed.

People go to the best source for reliable information, not someone who dabbles in that subject as hobby and does something else for their career.  Professionals such as financial advisors, doctors and mechanics welcome any questions they have because they want to help people understand their product, service and concerns. Farmers and ranchers are no different. Professionals who produce food are called farmers and ranchers, and they want to help consumers understand what and why they do what they do to produce food for a growing population.

One thing about farmers and ranchers is that they love to talk about, and are extremely proud of their work and the products they produce. They are perpetually trying to improve upon the systems they use to produce food and the quality of their product. Many love to show off their crops and the environment in which it is produced and enjoy sharing what they know about their work. Farmers and ranchers work with the consumer in mind.

When someone has a lot of money to invest in stocks or bonds, it isn’t wise to talk to or follow the advice of a person who doesn’t actually consult potential investors for a living. The best action to take for someone wanting to invest their money is to talk to someone whose profession is dealing with investments. The same is true with health issues. People should see a doctor to diagnose their problems and prescribe a treatment. Likewise with food production, it isn’t smart to assume people who don’t produce food for a living know all there is about food production.

The Hand That Feeds U.S. is an educational site for urban media, and shares information on agriculture in America and around the world has a “farm to fork” and “farm to fuel” section, profiles people in ag, and has spotlight videos.

Real Farmers Real Food is a site where farmers and ranchers open their doors (er gates) to their operation for consumers to visit with farm tour videos and pictures talking about their job. The site lists common myths and shares the facts, talks about our world’s growing food needs, interesting agriculture facts, and explains how every day is Food Day to farmers and ranchers, not just on October 24th. There’s also a place where people can sign a pledge to support agriculture.

Information about where the foods that consumers buy and eat, how it was produced, and farming and ranching practices, are available. The focus of what farming and ranching professionals do, the questions people want to ask, and the information and knowledge these professionals want to share can be viewed on these three great websites. Pass them along!

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Amy writes a humor column based on rural living and ranch life from the southern Black Hills of South Dakota. She and her husband raise their two kids on a fourth generation cow/calf operation near Pringle; the Elk Capital of South Dakota.
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