Lots of Smiles Captured, Lessons Learned During #AFBF14

My Instagram feed has been busy the last several days as have my Twitter and Facebook pages. There have been dozens of photos of smiling faces sent from San Antonio as I have experienced the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention.

It’s amazing how many friends I have made scattered all around the country. Thanks to these folks & others (a bunch of who are now dear friends), I have real faces of farmers to go with so many of the foods I have always enjoyed. I also have a better appreciation of the ways they are involved in their local communities, understanding the stresses they farm under and more.

Thanks to all of you who make agriculture feel a lot like home for this city girl! Here are some of those folks I snapped & shared photos of over the last few days with a long-time favorite song!

How are you sharing your story of AFBF 14 with those who didn’t have a chance to attend?

Janice AKA JPLovesCotton is Janice Person, a city girl who loves cotton and biotechnology. Her work for Monsanto focuses on social media outreach. A colorful adventure is her personal blog. Follow her on Twitter (@JPLovesCotton) and find her on Facebook.

The Social Part of Media

This evening I was fortunate enough to be able to take part in an amazing reception that was sponsored by Monsanto in cooperation with RFD-TV to give thanks to an amazing group of people…the media.

It was a great opportunity to meet some truly wonderful people that work so hard to help us get our stories out there. But I did catch a few of them having fun, like…

Willie Vought and Frank Holdenmyer of Farm Progress Companies visit with Janice Person of Monsanto.

Willie Vought and Frank Holdenmyer of Farm Progress Companies visit with Janice Person of Monsanto.

JP started off in her street clothes at the RFD-TV studio...

JP started off in her street clothes at the RFD-TV studio…

Then broke out her inner Marty Stuart!

Then broke out her inner Marty Stuart!

There were some Rock Stars with dressing rooms!

There were some Rock Stars with dressing rooms!

And one of the coolest pumpkins I've ever seen!

And one of the coolest pumpkins I’ve ever seen!

And even I got the chance to feel a little star treatment!

And even I got the chance to feel a little star treatment!

Thank you to all who made it possible!

wagfarms is Val Wagner, a North Dakota farmer and rancher. The Wag’n Tales blog features stories from this mom of four who loves farm life and invites readers to come along for the ride. Follow Val on Twitter (@wagfarms) and find her on Facebook. She is a member of the North Dakota Farm Bureau’s Promotion & Education Committee.