Save The Date

Save the Date and come to hear us speak - November 18-20 in Winkler, MB at the Manitoba Farm Women's Conference.  This year's conference theme is Putting You on Your To-Do List.  We will be speaking at a select-a-session and moderating a panel discussion.

  • Monday Select-A-Session: You Can’t Have a Family Farm Without the Family – Finding Balance
  • Tuesday Lunch: Women’s Networks in Manitoba –Using Technology to Foster Relationships, Not Just Connections

We would love to meet you in person and celebrate agriculture together with you.

Check out the full line up of speakers at https://www.manitobafarmwomensconference.ca/speakers

Ag Inspiration: Theresa Brown | 3B-Bar Ranch | Texas

There are so many different kinds of agriculture, and so many inspiring women we have met since starting FarmFemmes.  This week we want to share some of these great women and stories with you!

Theresa operates 3B-Bar Ranch with her husband and son.  Both she and her husband work off the farm jobs, while growing 3B-Bar Ranch to what it is today.  Theresa always inspires me as she can as quickly transition from talking IT to cattle, often within the same 5 minute conversation!  She seamlessly blends her expertise, and exposes so many people to agriculture just by sharing what she loves.  She is definitely an ag inspiration!

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1. How long have you been involved with Ag?

For about 23 years.  My husband and I started building our cattle herd around 1996, more as a hobby in the beginning.  We started with just a few commercial cows.  Over the years we added land and cattle.  Today it’s a much bigger and more serious operation.

2. What type of ag are you involved with?

Commercial beef cattle and seed stock Red Angus.  We started the seed stock Red Angus business about four years ago and are still building our program. This is an exciting area where we focus on finding and using the best genetics.  We partner with some of the best Red Angus ranches in the country, which provides lots of opportunity to learn and share.

3. What's your favorite ag memory?

Watching my son and his dad working cattle together.

4. What inspires you about ag?

The people.  There are so many great people in the cattle industry.  Making connections with other ranchers is what makes it so much fun.  

Plus, there is no prettier sight than a group of healthy red cows in tall green grass.

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5. How do you agvocate (social media, memberships, networks, alumni groups, young farmers groups, boards etc.)

We are members of national and local red angus organizations.  Occasionally we get the opportunity to utilize our technical skills from our professional IT careers to help out these organizations with consulting, advice and board positions.

We also leverage social media and the web to promote our cattle and our beliefs.

Want to learn more about 3B-Bar Ranch?  You can connect with Theresa and 3B-Bar Ranch at their website or on Facebook.

Website: http://3b-bar.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/3bbarranch/

Technology and Mental Health

How lost would you feel without your smart phone?  How frustrating is it when your technology isn’t cooperating with you?  If you are anything like me, you have a love/hate relationship with technology in your daily life and the hate part occurs when I can't make it work.  At least not the way I want it to.  The same thing can likely be said about technology in agriculture.  Technology has made jobs, safer, cleaner and faster.  Technology allows farmers to meet changing production demands, both with regard to quantity and quality.  However, technology can do more than that - I want to challenge us to think about how technology can impact a farmer’s quality of life and mental health.

Last week at AgDays I had the opportunity to listen to Kim Keller as part of a series of speakers on mental health in agriculture.  She challenged us to think about how technology could be used to help producers manage one of their most precious resources – time. 

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Right now technology can do things like check the temperature and moisture of stored grain in off-site locations or allow us to look at a problem that an employee is trying to describe, both of which save time.  In the future, we might have autonomous trucks to haul our grain or self-driving tractors to help with field work.  Although these technologies all have various degrees of “cool factor” they really give us extra sets of eyes and hands, which means our eyes and hands can be freed up to do other things.  There is a great temptation to spend this “bonus time” doing more farm jobs; taking on more acres or head of cattle or doing more custom work. 

Perhaps it is time to challenge ourselves to think about how we can really use technology, and the gift of time, to invest in our own mental health.  What that looks like is different for each of us… My challenge to you today is to think about the next technology investment you are planning to make not only from an operational point of view, but also as a potential investment in positive mental health.