Grocery Gab Part I


I recently came across this blog post, which I thought was excellent for demonstrating the differences in price between conventional and organic foods – even though there are no differences nutritionally or in safety!

Originally posted on Fit Girl. Foodie. Fashionista.:

Choices are important, I couldn’t agree more.  Especially when it comes to food! I’m not a picky eater, but I am conscious of what I put in my body and how my body might respond.

While I was venturing through the produce section on my most recent trip to the grocery store, I caught myself saying “thank goodness I don’t often eat organic produce,” when I noticed how much higher the prices were for organic produce vs. conventionally grown (again, this doesn’t mean GMOs). As a twenty-something gal, I’m looking for the BEST foods to fuel my body at the best price possible. (Before we dive into the details, I would like to state that I am not opposed to organic food. I am simply PRO- safe & nutritious FOOD. I myself eat both organic and conventional foods and I respect friends, family and society for eating what they like best. I simply want to…

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My story: 10 Immigration Tips when Marrying a non-American


My husband is from London, England – born and raised. We met in 2006, were engaged in 2009, and married in 2010. I had really never thought much about immigration before marrying a non-American. Growing up in agriculture, migrant workers … Continue reading

Talking conventional and grass-fed beef at the State Fair


The Nebraska State Fair has unveiled a couple of new major displays this year. One of them is Raising Nebraska (the other is an interactive display with the Nebraska Game and Parks service) which highlights Nebraska agriculture and the people … Continue reading

Growing up a rich rancher’s kid…


I recently attended the AgChat Conference in Austin, TX and had the privilege to be on a panel with two other persons, a mom who is food writer and a local chef/restaurant owner. Then there was me, a life-long agriculturalist. … Continue reading



My friend and colleague Brandy just summed up nicely our experience at the AgChat Conference last week. If you are in agriculture how do you like to share your story? If you are not in agriculture where do you get your information and are there topics you need more information on?

Originally posted on Views from VanDeWalle:

Last week I had the opportunity to present at the AgChat Foundation Conference held in Austin, Texas. Along with 3 other colleagues, we shared with the other 140 people in attendance on how UNL Extension is able to reach a large audience through collaboration and reaching beyond our own areas of expertise and programming. Through the use of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube, blogs and websites, we reached nearly 3 million people!

Extension educators, Lindsay Chichester, Alice Henneman, Jenny Rees and myself shared some tips on how to manage social media so it doesn’t become burdensome on one’s time, but rather enhance or create personal relationships and networking opportunities. For those unaware of AgChat, the mission is “empowering farmers & ranchers to connect communities through social media platforms”. The AgChat Foundation is a non-profit organization designed to empower farmers and ranchers to leverage…

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Farm Tours: Another perspective


I can’t believe it is already the middle of August! Where has the summer gone?! I feel like mine was spent dragging a suitcase through an airport, where I got more sleep on an airplane than I did in my … Continue reading

Oysters… Fun Fact Friday


This past week 1,300 agricultural focused extension folks from around the nation gathered in Mobile, Alabama for our annual conference. There are always great presentations, posters, vendors, and conversations that provide educational opportunities. But we also have a chance to … Continue reading

Alabama Delights…Wordless Wednesday


I have been in Alabama this week, from Huntsville to Mobile, and several places in between. Alabama is hosting the 99th annual National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) meeting. The food in the south is always fun, interesting, and … Continue reading