Summer Activities: mark your calendars

The school year is wrapping up, and summer is about to take over. While many summer activities include cookouts, boating and soaking up the sunshine, I wanted to provide a few agricultural activities that you don’t want to miss out on:

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Easter Fun

The Easter bunny might be hiding your eggs, but he isn’t producing them. As I’m preparing to decorate Easter eggs this afternoon, I can’t help but think that many of those hardboiled eggs that are being dyed various colors probably came from Indiana.

Fun Fact: Indiana ranks NO. 3 in top egg producing states.

I don’t come from a poultry farm, but we do have around 20 hens and roosters. They produce plenty of eggs for our family, and we’re able to give some away to friends. And when this time of year rolls around, I don’t have to go very far to find and decorate my Easter eggs.

This hen recently surprised us and hatched five chicks under our front porch. Around 20 weeks from now these chicks will be laying their own eggs.

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Happy Easter!

Go Pinning for Agriculture

It’s more than just hairstyles and wedding ideas. Pinterest is grabbing the attention of various news sources, and it’s becoming a fun way to stay connected with your favorite companies or organizations.

Here are a few of my favorite agriculture-based Pinterest boards:

  • The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) has over 900 pins across 32 boards. Their pins range from money saving tips to horse events happening around the country. Two of my favorite AQHA boards are:

  • America’s Farmers by Monsanto is relatively new to Pinterest, but they also have some great boards. Whether they feature a picture from the farm or agriculture humor, I love looking at their pins. My favorite board from America’s Farmers is “On the farm.”

  • Indiana Dairy pins delicious dairy recipes, gorgeous Indiana barns, cow print fun, and milk mustaches, just to name a few. If you’re looking for a new way to stay in tune with Hoosier dairy, then these boards are perfect. My favorite board from Indiana Dairy features dairy farmers from across the state.

  • The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) has taken to Pinterest to show the role agriculture plays in the state’s economy and culture. I’m hoping that they continue to develop their boards, but I think they are showing great Pinterest promise. ¬†This weekend I plan to try out one of their recipes.