Ray was selected Community Advocate in AgConnect's Advocating for Agriculture contest. Beverly Hall of Cookeville, TN will be named AgConnects's Ag Woman of the Year. Elliott Marsh of Statesboro, GA will receive the New Generation of Ag award. The Awards will be presented January 7 in Atlanta at AgConnect Expo.
Steph and I enjoying the awards at the AgConnect Expo opening ceremony
Click here to hear an interview on Southeast Ag Net with Ray about the awards
BY TED SLOAN, KENTUCKY AGRICULTURAL NEWS
Six Kentucky farm families talk about their agricultural lifestyle in a video production that will air on Kentucky Educational Television beginning next month.
“Faces of Farming” was produced by Destiny Productions of Frankfort and sponsored by the Kentucky Soybean Board. Ray Bowman, a Franklin County sheep producer and former state government spokesman, is the executive producer, writer and host. It will be broadcast on KET on Jan. 7 and at other times later in the month. It can be viewed in six segments on YouTube.
“This program gives real Kentucky farmers a chance to tell the public their story,” Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer said. “I appreciate Ray’s efforts to present the farmers’ point of view, and I encourage all Kentuckians to watch.”
“There are very strong voices out there stating opinions about agriculture, and most of them don’t have anything to do with agriculture,” Bowman explained. “I thought the best thing we could do is let these farmers tell their stories. I wanted to do a show that lets farmers have a forum to talk about what they do.”
The farmers featured in the program include two women, a state senator, an educator and three generations of a nine-generation farm family whose ancestor settled in LaRue County about the same time as Thomas Lincoln in December 1808. They talk about their sustainable farming methods, the involvement of their children and other family members on the farm, their love of farming and numerous other topics.
Bowman said his intent was to show consumers “the honesty in these people’s faces” and challenge some popular beliefs about modern agriculture.
“We’re so disconnected with farming,” Bowman said. “The rural-urban divide is very real. In some cases, people are three, four or five generations separated from the farm. We’re forgetting where our food comes from. We need a reconnection, and if I can’t get people onto the farm, maybe they will feel reconnected by watching these videos.”
For a schedule of broadcasts of “Faces of Farming,” go to www.ket.org.
The show, divided into six segments, is available on our YouTube channel, The Farmer Feeds Us All
The day after Thanksgiving we had our first snowfall of the season. Here's a brief video shot with the new Flip camera AgConnect gave Ray for his Community Advocate nomination.
Hank finished the new layer hut he and I started and the Golden Comets are doin' their thing - making eggs!
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."