Hey folks, thanks for stopping by! My name is Ryan Goodman and I have a story to share. That’s how blogging started for me. I didn’t know it at the time, but a summer spent on a Wyoming cattle ranch launched an entirely new world for me by sharing daily experiences of ranch life. On this blog you’ll find more stories about my passion for the cattle industry and the community of folks involved in producing our food.
Everyone has a story to tell. America’s Farmers and Ranchers have a great one. Whether it is our hard work, resilience, sense of community, or passion to keep improving upon our skills, someone is listening. These are those stories and the reasons about why I am proud to be a part of Agriculture.
I grew up on a family cattle ranch in Arkansas with my parents and 2 brothers. We raised commercial Angus cattle with a herd of 1,200 cows. My family also had a stocker cattle operation, taking care of more than 12,000 yearling cattle on an annual basis. We retained ownership of these animals as they moved on to the feedlots in the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles. This inspired my desire to branch out and broaden my experience within the cattle industry.
During my college years, I took the opportunity to work on cattle ranches across the country. This included a natural beef ranch in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming; one of my favorite places on earth. I love the mountains and hope to return to that region before my time is done.
I have also worked in the cattle feedlots of the Texas Panhandle. This was a great experience I wouldn’t trade for anything. Learning about the cattle industry from beginning to end is an invaluable experience that more folks should have the opportunity to do.
Where I am today…
Now I live in Montana, but am finishing up a Master’s degree from the University of Tennessee studying interactions between cattle nutrition and reproduction. Research work is complete, now it’s just the nitty gritty task of statistics and writing. Graduate school wasn’t exactly on my radar, but the desire to continue learning continues to burn. I’m a hands-on learner and will often blog about my experiences in the classroom, lab, and (always my favorite) from the business end of a cow in the barn. In late 2013, I began working as Communications Manager for the Montana Stockgrowers Association. Helena, Montana is a scenic town and relatively quiet for being a State Capitol. Look for many new posts highlighting my travels and working with ranchers across the Big Sky state.
My other interests…
My time in Stillwater, Oklahoma inspired a love for the Red Dirt music scene. I would rather listen to Texas regional country music than that of Nashville artists any day. Coffee fuels my day. I’m a poor photographer, but usually have a camera along to capture a snapshot of my day. I collect hats and have several from farms, ranches, and agriculture programs across the country. I collect postcards from across the country. If you want to send me one, use my contact page for an address, but you’ll have to include a fact about your area’s agriculture on the card.
I love reading, but writing a thesis for graduate school is slowly taking the life out of me. My favorite readings and ruminations are found on my Book List tab.
Writing and Speaking…
Sharing the story of modern agriculture and learning more about how others perceive farmers and ranchers is important to me. I practice what most would call conventional agriculture, but desire to learn more about what others think about agriculture. I do much more reading than I do writing. God gave me two ears and one mouth. Each day I work harder to apply that knowledge.
I love new experiences in food and farming conversations. So much so that I have taken my story on the road. I love speaking at events and with groups or organizations. A list of those events can be found on the Guest Speaking tab. My thoughts can also be found in numerous industry publications as well as on CNN’s Eatocracy food blog. Read more about those events on the In the News tab.
How to interact with me…
I encourage you to ask questions on this blog. You can submit questions via the Ask a Farmer contact form and receive my reply in a personal email.
My opinion is just that – one individual’s point of view. I encourage you to visit my Blog Roll tab for a list of farmers and ranchers across the country sharing their own perspectives. The page is updated regularly.
Learn more about Agriculture Proud, featured blog series, and what flies (and doesn’t) on the blog from the About AgProud tab.