We often hear that the habits or activities we do each day make the most difference.
It was clearly pointed out through multiple presentations that I attended at the recent Acres USA conference and trade-show what our daily disciplines can do for us farmers. Whether that is learning to adjust the sprayer nosel to create better droplets that timed correctly will provide increased nutrition to the plants that we steward over each year, or if that is hearing the impacts of what we put in the sprayer each time will be with us for generations to come. To learn that by adjusting the habits that we have been accustomed to can impact the outcome of our health, of our loved ones, and the children that are being born into environments that are different than the ones that we grew up in running through the grass barefoot, inhaling fresh air, swimming in lakes and eating what we raise. Those days do not have to be in the past, even with modern-day advancements.
As pointed out by Dr. Zach Bush, over 53% of children today have a chronic illness simply because they are born into it. If you are like me, thinking back, there was rarely anyone who had allergies, let alone over half of the kids we played with being inflicted with a chronic illness. I am sticking with the story that we deserve better.
In speaking with a brilliant young lady at the conference who was looking forward in time and strategically planning her future career in agriculture after she finishes graduate school proved quite reflective. A little stunned that I have now turned into the generation that is being asked the question of what would I do if I was choosing a career today. I shared that it depends on the person if the structure of a large organization is going to provide a solid foundation for their future or if they were meant to be an immediate entrepreneur in their career and work for or start a new organization. Having an open mind and trying on new things is the best way to see what will be a fit.
Being open to doing things differently can have a broad reach on the impact that we sometimes forget that we have on so many. Listening to Dr. Zach Bush, “we as a country are spending five times the amount on healthcare to treat chronic illnesses over what we spend on our military security.” There is an abundance of resources surrounding us through different mediums that can help facilitate trying on something new.