Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Agricultural Communications: Working to Better Our Programs

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Agricultural Communications: Working to Better Our Programs

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I have to confess something to you, readers. I'm an impostor. Shhhhh, don't tell anyone else! I didn't grow up in an agricultural community, participate in a high school agriculture program or FFA, or even have much of a clue about agriculture until college. In fact. I grew up the person we often refer to as "the consumer" - the kid from the city who didn't know or care much that her home state (California) is one of the leading agricultural producing states in the country. Heck. I didn't know what FFA was or that high school agriculture programs even existed until college!

What in the world. then. is this person doing as the theme editor of this issue of The Agricultural Education Magazine, you ask? Well, I landed at a land-grant university for my college education. at which point I couldn't possibly avoid learning about agriculture (I lived in the "ag dorm"). And then I came to learn just how important agriculture is to our lives. After graduating with a third degree in agricultural communications a few years ago. I feel only slightly more aware. In the years since I "discovered" agriculture. I've had great experiences and adventures. and a fortunate career as an agricultural communications professional, first as a public relations practitioner and now as communications faculty member at another land-grant university (my third to date).

When my colleague John Ewing asked me to be a theme editor for this issue of the Magazine more than a year ago. I said yes because he's the kind of colleague you say yes to. Not in the 'he's the kind of guy you don't say no to' intimidating kind of way. but in the 'this person asked me to help with a project. and isn't that cool' kind of way. See. John did something that is often challenging to do - he reached across a murky boundary between teacher preparation and agricultural communications. It's easy for us to stay in our lanes. to work where our expertise lies and to leave a subject out because we don't have much background there or don't know much about it. Sometimes it's hard to reach outside of our comfort zones. to stretch into new and unknown areas. To be quite honest. that's what the experience of pulling together pieces for this issue has been for me - unknown territory. …

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