Darn you grad school…


There comes a point where time cannot be managed and tasks must be laid to the side. As much as it pains me, graduate school isn’t one of those things that can be laid aside.

I absolutely love sharing my story online and being a part of the agriculture blogging community. So many great conversations have been spurred with people from across the globe whom I never would have had the opportunity to meet otherwise. Real friendships develop from these conversations. I’m talking about the kind of friends who drive miles out of their way just to grab lunch with me or have let me sleep on their floor when I am passing through their neck of the woods and we end up swapping stories all night long. These are folks that I talk to every day.

Everything I do, I want it to be done well. And right now I am not able to give my best.

At this point I have to sign off on the blog and set it on the back shelf. I will pick it up again when the time comes.

Until next time…

Agriculture, It’s more than part of life. It’s a passion, a lifestyle, a resilient community that works hard to feed the world! — Ryan Goodman

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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.

28 Comments on Darn you grad school…

  1. I wish this was an April 1st blog post! I look forward to when you are able to write here more. because I’ll definitely miss reading your thoughts and opinions. Good luck on grad school!

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  2. Ryan, its good to understand your priorities and stick to them. Though it is a bummer you are taking a break from blogging. I certainly enjoy your perspective and insight regarding agriculture. Don’t forget to schedule in some fun time and good luck with Grad School.

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  3. Ryan, everyone understands your need for priorities here. You have done a great job for agriculture and there is no doubt in my mind that when school is behind you, you will do so again. I have often pointed out your efforts for agvocacy as a shining example of what one person can do. Best wishes in all you do!

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  4. Caryl Velisek // November 6, 2012 at 8:05 AM // Reply

    Happy trials, Ryan! Later!

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  5. Caryl Velisek // November 6, 2012 at 8:06 AM // Reply

    Should have been Happy Trails! Don’t wish you any trials!

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  6. I’ll miss your presence on Facebook and more importantly-your blog. Everything takes time and the pressure of just one more thing to do shouldn’t be there when you’ve got a higher priority. You’ve done the right thing…for now. I look forward to the post letting us all know you’re back. Best of luck to you! Thanks for the heads up. Now…GO STUDY!

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  7. thedesigngoddess // November 6, 2012 at 8:17 AM // Reply

    Damn. I’ve learned a lot about the ag world from you and your blog. I look forward to when you pick it up again. Stop reading this and get back to work. :)

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  8. I am a dairy producer from MN and have enjoyed your blogs very much. You have a gift….the ability to be honest and thoughtful while maintaining the integrity of agriculture. May God bless you as you continue this journey of life. I look forward to seeing your agvocacy work in the future. If you find yourself in MN……..our home will offer you a comfy bed, a warm meal, great conversation and some chores to be done. Take care :)

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  9. Hey, I understand that it is tough to keep up a presence when things get busy. I respect your decision to maintain a professional demeanor and it is a wise choice to let people know you are putting a hold on the blog. I encourage you to maintain the advocacy you have rolling, I admire the work you have done. Perhaps blogging ( I know it is very time consuming) may not be the best outlet for you now, but please continue to share the message. You have a gift, it would be a shame not to use it wisely and as I have heard many times do not let education get in the way of learning. Advice from a total stranger, don’t be afraid to keep it up. You are doing good work.

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  10. Grad school and the break will bring you back with even more contagious energy than ever. Look forward to that just as long as it’s not good bye but a bye for now ! As one of many, thank you for your sharing of every day happenings and inspirations that keep everyone in the loop of all things agricultural. Good luck with school and down the road to your future path where it will lead you. ~ Sue McD
    PS And make sure to keep a notebook handy to jot down thoughts so you can follow up on them later and not loose all those random thoughts going on in that head of yours!

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  11. Good luck and we look forward to hearing about your grad school adventures!

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  12. Have had to do the same thing….not grad school…but that pesky thing called running a business. We’ll all still be here when you can join the blogasphere again. You have done more for Agvocating than the rest of us put together, so thanks and good luck. We all want an invitation to graduation!

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  13. Good luck on grad school – we’ll all be waiting when you have the time to start blogging again!

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  14. Carol Ann Gregg // November 6, 2012 at 11:16 AM // Reply

    Wishing you well as put your best effort into grad school. I have shared your passion for agriculture with many people that cross my path. I am looking forward to your return and learning what path grad school has opened for you.

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  15. Jennifer Knight // November 6, 2012 at 11:35 AM // Reply

    Wish the best in grad school. It’s a tough situation.

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  16. I hit dislike because I hate you not having time to write…We need more people to educate the public and generate thought within the industry…

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  17. Best of luck to you! Know that this was a hard dedision, but the right one for you. Now all of us will miss what you have to say, so HURRY back!

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  18. Kathy Novotney // November 6, 2012 at 1:18 PM // Reply

    Good Luck!!! I will miss your thoughts, and look forward to when you return!

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  19. We’ll miss you in the blog world! And to think, I was just getting around to writing my Ag Proud story for you (even though it was 1425309 years ago when you asked for that) :) Best of luck with Grad School and hope to see you back here soon!

    Chelsea

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  20. I don’t like this but definitely understand the too much on the plate. Sometimes we must make sacrifices and step back for a bit.

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  21. As I wrote on Facebook, I’m sad to see this stop, even for a little while. But I’ve done a Masters and a thesis too and it is a monster that consumes every moment, especially the lit review and analysis. I’ve learned a lot from you Ryan, even for a non-ag guy, and hope to learn much more. Good luck in your studies and I hope against hope that we’ll hear from you again. If you’re ever passing through central Kansas, you have a place to stay, though probably not the best of places, and a medium rare steak at Applebees waiting for you.

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  22. Good luck…hope to read more later.

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  23. Best of luck! You will be missed!!

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  24. Wish you the best of luck with grad school…no doubt that you’ll be back. Happy Trails~

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  25. What?! Tough decision, I’m sure, but there is a season for everything. I don’t think we’ve heard the last from you, Ryan. Please keep in touch and knock ‘em dead in your graduate studies!

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  26. We will miss your blogs. Thank you, and best of luck!

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  27. I look forward to your return.

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  28. Caryl Velisek // November 12, 2012 at 5:54 PM // Reply

    Had a terrific interview this morning with some folks who are managing an urban farm near D.C. and Baltimore. (Some fresh, sweet strawberries from their garden, too!) They’re teaching urban folks about ag and doing some great farming practices there.
    Thought of you. Good luck with your grad school and hurry back.

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