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 their 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.
Who is this guy?
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.
I attended the University of Arkansas (go Hogs!) where I studied equine science, then moved to Oklahoma State University to finish a Bachelor’s degree focusing on cattle reproduction and nutrition. Later, I attended he University of Tennessee studying interactions between cattle nutrition and reproduction through graduate-level research.
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 love the constantly changing environment they bring to life.
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.
In 2013, I made the move to beautiful Montana to work with ranchers as manager of communications for the Montana Stockgrowers Association. This was an amazing opportunity to pursue a dream of living in the Rocky Mountains and working with some of the best ranchers in the country.
Where I am today…
Now I live in Montana. Helena, Montana is a scenic town and relatively quiet for being a state Capitol. I spend much of my time trail running and do my part to be an example of how beef is an important part of a healthy diet and lifestyle. I love running long distances with aspirations for ultramarathon (>26.2 miles) trail running.
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 no skilled photographer, but usually have a camera along to capture a snapshot of my day to share on Instagram.
I love reading and have a bookshelf full of western fiction novels, works by John Grisham, and books describing the history of places I’ve lived. My favorite readings and ruminations are found on my Book List tab.
Speaking at your event…
Sharing the story of modern agriculture and learning more about how others perceive farmers and ranchers is important to me. 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. Please Contact Me to have me at your next meeting, event or trade show. As time allows, I also have the ability to host a social media training workshop to equip farmers and ranchers to become advocates in your area.
To contact Ryan to speak at your next meeting or for ideas regarding the use of AgricultureProud.com material, email Ryan at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agriculture Proud–What is it?
Being Agriculture Proud is simply telling YOUR story. Why are you proud to be a part of Agriculture? Are you passionate about your job? If so, you should find no problem sharing this story with others.
How is this done?
- Be real and authentic about your passion for Agriculture
- Show the enthusiasm for your passion
- Keep it simple and to the point
- Make it a candid point of view (everything in life is not flowers and sunshine)
- Stick to your experience. You can’t defend everyone
How to interact with me…
Check out the Ask A Farmer tab to find articles where I have addressed Frequently Asked Questions about farming, ranching, agriculture and food topics.
My opinion is just that – one individual’s point of view. I encourage you to check out my Blog List. Visit the Blogging for Agriculture Facebook page (or follow @Blog4Ag on Twitter) for the latest posts from farmers and ranchers across the country sharing their own perspectives. Submit your favorite blog using this form.
Be sure to visit my YouTube channel for several videos from my life on the ranch. Connect with me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter (@AgProudRyan) and Instagram (@AgProudRyan). Email: email@example.com.
**Conversation and comments are always welcome on this site, however I maintain the right to moderate for abusive, inappropriate content, or threats. Comments should be respectful and on topic. Web advertisement is a great resource, I maintain that the comments section and my blog is not the appropriate place.
**All thoughts, material, and photos on this blog are mine (unless otherwise noted). Guest posts are thoughts of the contributor and maybe moderated for appropriate language and/or content. Use of these materials for promotion of agriculture is welcome, but please give credit where credit is due. Any messages or emails are encouraged.
**Messages on this site are mine and do not necessarily reflect the ideas of my employers, university, or organizations with whom I am involved.
**Some (but not all) links to products or services via Amazon are affiliate links, which means I earn a small commission if you click the link and make a purchase (at no additional cost to you). The links are provided as a convenience if you would like to know more about items mentioned. These small commissions make it possible to maintain this blog and advocacy efforts. If you have any questions, please use the Contact page to connect with Ryan Goodman.