Being an Advocate

“Transparency is the answer. Even that will be attacked.” – Ryan Goodman, Agriculture Proud.

No matter what you are advocating for, it never seems to be easy. I am new to blogging, and putting my thoughts out there for everyone to read are often difficult. Even if the topic is not controversial. After reading “Lessons I’ve Learned While Sticking My Neck Out” by Ryan Goodman, it hit me that putting yourself out there, being honest and advocating for agriculture can still be difficult for people I would consider veteran advocates.

Ryan Goodman is the author of the blog titled, “Agriculture Proud.” According to Goodman, “Agriculture Proud is all about sharing the great story of those involved in all aspects of Agriculture.” It’s about telling your story, being authentic and excited about your passion for agriculture, and having a candid point of view, he says. Goodman’s articles have been used by news channels including CNN’s Eatocracy, and he has been a keynote speaker at various events such as AgChat Foundation conferences.

In his latest blog post, he notes that people will be quick to place judgement, especially on social media, and will leave some not so loving comments. ¬†There are also a lot of stories out there about agriculture, some positive and some negative. Yes, we might get kicked in the shin by someone, but if we don’t talk about our experiences in agiculture, then who will?

As a young communicator, writer and advocate I found it extremely inspiring that even though he has faced cruel people and angering stories, Ryan Goodman continues to be a voice for agriculture. I wanted to share these words with you from Goodman’s blog:

“But we have a responsibility to join the conversations and be present when people have questions. Otherwise we lose our voice in the conversations and essentially any representation when it comes time to make decisions that determine our ability to continue making a living in the world we live in… we have to remember there are lots of folks out there silently listening watching our (re)actions, and wanting to learn more about where their food comes from.”

I encourage you to check out Goodman’s blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, and¬†YouTube.