Archive for August 29, 2011

Fathers Beware or A Horse Trader Is Born

I could not wait on this post….

I have been trying to teach my son the skill of bargaining and using logic to make deals with people to get what he wants or to save money. He has attempted several times with me…unsuccessfully…until today.

I just returned from the local Hardware Store with my son.  My purpose for going was to pick up new hacksaw blades, a pair of pipe pliers and another roll of duct tape (not for running out yesterday min you.)

My son and I have an “understanding” when we go to the hardware store; he may look, but not touch.

Today, while finding the proper hacksaw blades, my son came up to me and said, “Dad, I found a truck I like and it’s only 5-9-9.”

I said,”Good for you! Want me to add it to your wish list?”

Son: “I don’t think so. I think I want to buy it dad.”

Me: “Hmm, ok…is this truck something that you need or want?”

Son: “I know dad, we don’t need everything we want. I’ll tell you what, I’ll make you a deal.”

Me: “Ok. What’s deal are you proposing?”

Son: “I’ll pay for it with my piggy bank and pick up the trash in the yard from the dogs.”

Me: “Are you sure you want to spend $5.99 of your hard-earned money on this toy?”

Son: “Well……I can choose five toys from home to sell and use that to refill my piggy bank and you can pay me $2 for cleaning the yard.”

Me: “Yes, you can do that if you want to and I’m willing to pay you to clean the yard, but are you sure you really “need” this truck?”

Son: “No…but I can rummage toys from home to pay for it, I’ll work for pay and if I play with it I will be exercising and making myself healthy.”

Me: “With that logic son, I’ll buy it for you, but you still have to choose five toys to rummage. Ok?”

Son:”Is that a deal dad?”

Me: “That is definitely a deal, son.”

Son: “Shake on it?”

Me: “I’ll shake on it. [smiling]”

Son: “Thank you dad!”

I just had to share this with you.

Not sure if I’m proud or worried….



Reach Beyond The Choir, #ACFC11 Opening Remarks

Sunset In Nashville, courtesy of Mark Lathrop

Welcome to Nashville!

You were all selected to attend this 2nd Agchat Foundation Conference because you have passion for agriculture, have embraced social media and have demonstrated that you have the desire to become more effective agvocates.

Over the next two days, you will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge of social media platforms, integrate smart and mobile technology and most importantly, meet fellow agvocates who have made the decision to work with you as a team.

Some of you will focus on one or two platforms, while others will feel comfortable and have the time and energy to incorporate multiple platforms. You each will play an important and vital role in assisting the effort of agriculture to reconnect with consumers.

Our emphasis this year is to help you reach beyond the choir. We want you to learn how to build strong bridges, grow supportive communities and gain influence among those outside of agriculture.

This endeavor will take time, focus, patience, bravery, professionalism, civility and respect.

Ultimately, your success will depend on your ability to communicate effectively and nurture relationships built upon mutual respect and trust.

Agriculture is diverse, society is diverse, and you all have unique interests and personalities, as do the individuals you will be reaching out to.

Diversity must be respected. Read more…

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