About Ryan Goodman

Ryan Goodman lives in Helena, MT and comes from an Arkansas cattle ranching family. Since growing up on a family cow/calf and stocker-calf operation, he has spent the last several years learning about farming systems across the country. A graduate of Oklahoma State, Ryan is currently working on a Master's degree from the University of Tennessee. He works continuously to share his story of ranch life through community outreach and social media, all while encouraging others in agriculture to do the same.

Annual Meeting an Encouragement to First Time Attendees

This year is my first trip to the Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and I am thrilled to have it here in my current state of Tennessee. Nashville is a great city with so many sights to take in, not to mention the sounds of country music.

As a youth in an agriculture community, meetings like this are always an inspiration as I pursue my own path in the industry. It is a great encouragement to see folks representing so many diverse groups across the country, many different crops and livestock, as well as young and old coming together in one place. Be sure to take advantage of this and learn more about the diversity of agriculture from across the nation.

As was mentioned several times in our opening session today, the future of agriculture is a bright one and we will continue to change just as our customers and their desire for more knowledge about their food sources change. This shift is facilitated not only through our influence on policy, but also as Farm Bureau members reach out and become advocates for agriculture in their own communities, helping other families learn more about where our food comes from.

I hope you take time to enjoy the trade show, meetings and speakers this afternoon. Enjoy the sights at the Gaylord Opryland that represent Tennessee so well. Also, be sure to stop by the Social Media Panel at 3 p.m. in Governor’s Ballroom C and D to learn more about social media’s role in the industry and how you can be an online advocate for our agriculture community.