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Three Agriculture Goals for 2020

As 2019 comes to a close, I’m looking ahead to 2020 and deciding what goals I want to set for myself. Setting goals gives me something specific to work toward and hold myself accountable to. I started doing this when I realized the resolutions I set were usually vague ideas of something I’d like to accomplish, but usually abandoned early in the year. 

I have goals in several areas of my life, including agriculture. One of the hardest things for me is limiting myself to two to three goals in every area, but I don’t want to set myself up for failure. Here are my three agricultural goals for the upcoming year:

1. Visit four farms that grow or raise crops or animals that we don’t.

Every time I visit a farm, I learn something new. As a mom, I have questions about farming that can’t be answered on our farm because we don’t grow every crop or raise every livestock. Visiting other farms lets me ask the expert – the farmer. It helps me make more informed food choices and advocate more effectively for agriculture.

2. Invite myself to the table where agriculture is the topic at least once.

I’ve been to many conferences where agriculture is the topic of conversation, yet there are no farmers at the table. After attending one last year, I talked with the conference organizer about the lack of farmers on the panels. He told me they had reached out to farmers by cold-calling, or rather cold-emailing, them. I can see why they didn’t get any responses.

Instead of waiting for an invitation, I’m going to invite myself to at least one meeting or conference where agriculture is a topic of discussion. As more people with non-agriculture backgrounds or experience talk about what we do, how we do it, and how we should do it differently, farmers need to be represented. We don’t have the luxury of waiting for the call or email inviting us to join the discussion.

3. Record changes we make on the farm and why we made them.

This one doesn’t have a specific target because I don’t know how many changes we might make. Looking through old pictures recently reminded me how many things have changed on the farm since my husband and I first started dating. We’ve added new crops, utilized new technology, and changed some ways of doing things. It’s important not to lose sight of these improvements, why we made them, and the benefits. We are getting more sustainable every day, something I can share when I invite myself to the table.

What goals have you set for yourself this year?

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