We’re in California, so of course there’s a chance we’ll see celebrities, maybe it will an actor or musician. I would probably walk right past goo if I saw him on the street, but put an animal ag celebrity in front of me and I might turn into a screaming schoolgirl, so I was in heaven Saturday!
I started Saturday at #AFBF15 hearing from someone I have been in awe of for a long time, Jack Hanna, at the AFBF Foundation for Agriculture’s Flapjack Fundraiser breakfast. There aren’t too many people who educate about animals better this man. Then we follow it up with Dr. Temple Grandin being awarded the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award!
Dr. Temple Grandin, in my mind, is the ultimate educator and difference maker in animal agriculture. I have followed her work with animal welfare since I was a college freshman at the University of Nebraska studying Animal Science. This was long before she became famous in the mainstream and I was so glad that one of my professors introduced me to “Thinking in Pictures,” the book (not the movie). This was my first exposure to her writing outside of the traditional scholarly journals, which at the time I was also devouring. It was indeed a privilege to listen to her speak and a few of the best things that I took away included, “You have to expose students to interesting things to get them interested in interesting things” and “We have to open our doors. There’s a whole generation that has no idea what’s going on in ag.” There is no way that this is enough to share, so enjoy the video and I hope that you consider reading some of Dr. Grandin’s other work.
Congratulations Dr. Grandin on receiving the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award and thank you for being an inspiration!
http://new.livestream.com/FarmBureau/events/3705834 (Dr. Temple Grandin clip begins at 43:30)
Hilary Maricle is a member of AFBF’s national Promotion & Education Committee and graduate of the Partners in Agricultural Leadership program. She hails from Nebraska, where she is a county commissioner and raises beef cattle, hogs, sheep, corn and soybeans with her family. Her Twitter name is @mariclefarm and she’s also on Facebook (Hilary Esch Maricle).