I talk to a lot of teenagers, that is A LOT of teenagers. I've found one truth to be universal, they respond to positive feedback, a kind word, a compliment, or a text telling them when you notice them stepping up, and that it was appreciated. Far too often we as adults use a "stern talking to" as our first line of discipline, but don't reward good behavior.
I’ll never claim to be a good fisherman. As a kid I went pretty regular. On our ranch we had several ponds with catfish, bass, and crappie. Every time the grandparents would come visit we’d be out at the ponds all day and cleaning fish at night. I look back at those days and enjoy them quite a bit.
Sunday, the roommate, a friend, and I went to several holes around the lake. (FYI – The State ain’t afraid to charge a pretty penny for an out-of-state fishing license.) Just below the Locks we were run off when a tug boat came through. It was kinda noisy there any way.
The next hole, we were just below a dam. It was a quiet place to sit and soak it all in. I got a few good bites. Then the snakes showed up. Four of em came up and swam right up to our feet. You can call me a puss all day long, (pictures Tuff Hedeman scene from 8 Seconds) but I ain’t stickin around to see how big they are. After the fourth snake and no fish we decided it best to move on.
We took in a drive around a few roads and found a lil family restaurant at a marina. Mmmm the burger was good! The other guys got the Tuna sandwich and it didn’t quite satisfy. (See, smart guys know beef fills a person up!)
Long story, short – at the end of the day I’m not a very good fisherman. If I had to survive on what I caught today, I’d be mighty hungry. Might need some help from Jesus to make my two fish into a feast.
When it comes down to it, I’m glad I’m better at raising cattle. And I’m thankful for our modern agriculture system that allows us to have a large diversity of food, year-round, and all at one setting without having to live on the fish we catch in a day. So much like I need to thank a beef, dairy, pork, wheat, and many vegetable farmers for my lunch, we should be thankful every time we sit down to eat. And thankful for modern agriculture that allows us to enjoy all variety of food whenever we please.
Did you thank a farmer for your food, fiber, and fuel products today?
If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles. ~Doug Larson
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Yes it’s true I have a “beef” with chicken. It’s Labor Day, grilling season is wrapping up, and unless you’re a hardcore griller you’ll soon be swapping the grill for the oven. Temps here in Arkansas will be in the 70s for much of the week with lows in the 50s! I get to wear long sleeves again!
If you ask my friends and family what don’t I like to eat, you might get answers like pineapple, bananas, and chicken. Yeah, the white meat. My sister on the other hand, I’m pretty sure she’s made of chicken. We went to the Dixie Stampede back in July. She took all my chicken and I ate all her pork, so we kinda get the best of both worlds.
Not that I have anything against chicken or poultry producers, it’s just that the taste is kinda bland, and always the same. (In te interest of full disclosure, I write this after eating more than my fair share of grandmother’s fried chicken for Sunday dinner.) I realize that poultry producers are just like me, farmers working to feed the world, but here in Arkansas, the land of Tyson, seems like every meal starts with chicken. If I have a choice, I’ll chose a plate of beef or pork over chicken any day.
So how do the facts (production and nutrition) line out for chicken vs beef?
- 36.7% of Arkansas farm receipts ($2.64 billion) result from broiler production (12.% of U.S. production)
- Cattle make up 6.1% ($437 million) of Arkansas farm receipts (1% of U.S. production) USDA ERS 2011
- Arkansas ranks No.2 in national poultry product exports ($432.8 million) USDA ERS 2011
- In 2010, U.S. Beef Consumption was a total of 26.4 billion pounds. USDA ERS
- According to government guidelines, a serving qualifies as “extra lean” if it has less than 5g total fat, 2g or less saturated fat and less than 95mg cholesterol per 3.5 oz. serving. A serving qualifies as “lean” if it has less than 10g total fat, 4.5g or less saturated fat and less than 95mg cholesterol per 3.5 oz. serving.
- Beef has 29 cuts classified as lean. Beef Council
- Beef is an excellent source of protein, zinc, vitamin B12, selenium, and phosphorus; and a good source of choline, niacin, vitamin B6, iron, and riboflavin. BIWFD
- A 100-gram (3 1/2-ounce) portion of roasted breast meat with skin has 197 calories, 30 grams of protein, 84 milligrams cholesterol and 7.8 grams fat (35% of total calories).
- Removing chicken skin cuts fat in half. Chicken Council
At dinner today I poured a glass of milk, and I got thinking… Do more people like their milk in a glass or plastic cup? Ice or no ice?
Remember to Thank a Dairy Farmer for your milk, cheese, and more. How many dairy products can you list?
Dairy Facts: Wisconsin’s Dairy industry contributes $26.5 billion each year – or $50,000 per minute – to the state’s economy. Learn more facts about Agriculture in your state on my Stamps, States, and AgFacts page!