When Raised in a Barn was started, my main goal was to educate the general public about the agriculture industry. It was tough and some days brutal. Those bad days were always met by people who inspired me to keep going. People that continue to amaze me today.

To be honest, I personally don’t know every person that Raised in a Barn has done a featured story over. Sometimes these people would message me, other times I would see their story and know that others needed to hear it.

I have learned about people falling off a horse and saddling back up. I have received messages from people who had their barns burnt to the ground, and they lost all of their livestock. They were devastated but they used those sorrows and rebuilt their dreams. I have witnessed kids that are amazingly selfless, and after losing a classmate they raised money to help their peers family. Those people inspired other who were facing the same challenges, and reminded everyone else that we all face obstacles.

Why am I talking about this?

Because inspiration is what the agriculture industry needs. It’s days where we feel like giving up, that we need to get up. 

We are trying to rebuild a bridge between producer and consumer from winning arguments online. We are scared to say anything to our friends and families that degrade farming, because we don’t want to start a fight.

We all need one thing. Inspiration.

We need to be inspiring both sides to rebuild that bridge.

It’s tough. Trust me, I understand. AGvocating is difficult, but it’s difficult because many don’t want to say anything. Which is making it more difficult for the ones who chose to.

As a 21 year old with a blog following of 30,000 people, I understand being scared to say something. You aren’t always going to be able to connect with others, but always be respectful. Inspire others through your actions.

There isn’t a manual of what to do or what not to do on AGvocating, or even a magic wand.There is however, countless agriculturist around the world facing the same challenges. It’s going to take everyone working together.

It might seem pointless to AGvocate, but it’s never pointless to support our farmers and ranchers. These hardworking men and women are under constant scrutiny, and they have a difficult job of feeding the world.

Inspire those around you to help build the bridge back. Not everyone is going to help, and not everyone is going to agree with how to fix the problem. It’s not going to be easy, but we need to reconnect.

Thank you to agriculturists everywhere for providing food, fuel, fiber, and life. Without you there would be nothing.

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Breanna Viles, Okla. Creator of Raised in a Barn.



Why I Want To Be An Ag Teacher

As a freshman in high school I know exactly what I want to do with my life. Yes I am telling you the truth. If you would have asked me 2 years ago what I wanted to do I would have said a veterinarian. Now my answer is a little different.

Image result for the ffa creedI believe in the future of agriculture” How many of you had to learn this your freshman year in highschool. I did and it forever changed my life.  Yes I do believe in the future of agriculture and have my whole life. I knew that working with younger kids was a passion of mine and refused to listen to my heart when it said that in a classroom is where I belong. Year afteImage result for 4hr year we were asked what we wanted to be when we grew up and year after year I would say “I want to be a  veterinarian”. My whole life I have loved animals. That is why I thought my career choice would be a successful one.  Little did I know that my first year in 4-H I would be president and get to experience the joys and discomforts of working with younger kids. I still kept
firmly in my mind that I wanted to be a veterinarian. The more my 8th grade year went on the more I leaned towards a teacher. Then my freshman year came along. I stood in front of my Ag class and recited my creed. To most that means nothing.  To me that means so much more. Looking up to see the pride in my Ag teachers eyes made me happier than I can explain. That is the moment I decided that one day I wanted to give a kid that same look. 

I want to be an Ag teacher not just because I love agriculture. It’s my passion to inspire others like I have been inspired by my Ag teachers. Every seed grows into something amazing, my job is to make sure the seed gets water.

I want to say thank you to my Ag teacher, 4-H managers, Extension agents, and my 4-H Club and FFA Chapter. You guys have changed my life and played a huge role in my decision to be an Ag teacher!


Montana Lehman~Texas

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15 Things You Never Thought You’d Say or Do Before Becoming an Ag Teacher

For National Teach Ag Day I took the opportunity to interview my ag teacher Mr. Irving about some things he never thought he’d say before entering this field. Our classroom is pretty notorious for the funny moments that occur so I knew this would be a good one. Mr. Irving even keeps a section of our whiteboard dedicated to, “Memorable Moments,” as we call them. So, without further ado, 15 things he never thought he’d say or do before becoming an ag teacher.

  1. “Don’t try to eat dirt!”
  2. “Why’s your finger stuck in the table?!”
  3. “At this point, I’d rather listen to Nickleback.”
  4. “What is this music? It’s toilet noise.”
  5. “I’m going to break a whole shelf of beakers…”
  6. “I’m not your dad. Don’t call me dad.”
  7. Get slag out of a student’s eye.
  8. Remove birds from shop
  9. Have a bow put in my hair
  10. Sing “A Whole New World” in class
  11. Called mama
  12. Had a class write my dad a letter and send him a card
  13. Explain the difference between a meter stick and yardstick
  14. Geek out about Star Wars instead of teaching class (it continued over 2 days, multiple class periods, and even included scribbled diagrams and timelines on the board)
  15. “I am a no distance runner, ever. The only reasons I run are if I’m being chased by a bear, shot at, or if there’s steak on the buffet line.”

Compiled by your Iowa representative, Taylor. I hope you guys got as many laughs out of this as I did!

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Pen Pals for FFA, 4-H, and Grange

Hailey Mason wanted to learn more about agriculture in other states. As the President of the Greenville FFA Chapter, she decided to create a unique supervised agricultural experience/SAE.

In today’s world not very many kids write letters when they can write a text message. That didn’t stop Hailey from starting her pen pal project.

The idea started when Hailey seen a post from a girl from New York. The girl likes to write to people, and Hailey  was interested in being her pen pal when the idea came to her. She began looking for pen pals by making friends and contacting people. She had made 10 new pen pals within one hour.

Hailey had started an instant chain reaction and had many members wanting to participate in connecting with others members.

“Learning I’ve inspired others to do the same really makes me feel special,” said Hailey.

Her project consists of connecting youth involved in agriculture programs around the world. So far around 60 members participate from around the United States. Even one person from Puerto Rico has joined in.

“I never thought doing something I enjoy this much would be my SAE,” said Hailey.

This project was started at the end of May this year, and Hailey wishes to continue growing this. So far there is a person for almost every state.

“My goal in this project is to inspire, learn, and let my name be known in the ag world,” said Hailey.

Hailey now hopes that more than just FFA members will participate. She hopes to see 4-H and Grange members join the project as well.

To get involved in this project you can email Hailey at, or you can direct message her on Facebook. 

Hailey has been an FFA member since sixth grade.  She has held four chapter offices, was the reporter for two years in middle school ,and she was a student advisor last year. She competes in prepared speaking, extemporaneous speaking, Equine judging, landscaping and parliamentary procedure. She is running for district 2 president in May for New York. 

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Farmer’s Daughter

Show pigs, steers, and dairy cattle. That’s my life. Four generations of dairy farmers is something you can build a life on. My name is Karla Willcome and along with my older brother, I am the fourth generation of my family’s dairy farm located in the small town of Marne, Michigan. Our farm is on the small-scale of 200 milking cows and a steady amount of heifers. I feed the many calves that are born on my family’s

With taking care of the calves I am able to have my own projects through 4-H. I have been in 4-H for 7 years. Starting off my 4-H career at the age of 9 with dairy feeder calves, market hogs, and dairy cattle. Of course my dairy career began long before then with “peewee” shows and the open class at my local fair. At the age of 12 I was able to show what we call “big steers” around here, are your market steers. We can choose from either colored beef or dairy beef. I thought starting off with dairy beef would be the smartest decision at the time, until I discovered my undeniable passion towards the beef breeds. The following year my dad allowed me to buy and raise a Charolais steer and since then I have begun working myself up towards higher class cattle. 4-H has brought my passion of animals to the plate and is constantly striving me to improve for the next year, whether that be my stock or showmanship.

ccAlthough 4-H is a big part of my life, it happens to be

not the only organization that has shaped me into the

person I am today. FFA has done much of that since

the 6th grade. In my spare time when I’m not working

on my family’s farm or with my 4-H projects, I am with

my FFA family. I belong to the Coopersville FFA

chapter where I compete in parliamentary procedure.

In past years I have competed in junior high

greenhand conduct of meetings, livestock judging,

dairy foods, and ag issues. I have served as our

middle school’s chapter president and treasurer

and my sophomore year of high school as our chapter’s


Even though I am only a junior, once out of high school I hope to attend Michigan State University to pursue a career path through either dairy cattle herd management and/or beef cattle production as well.eee

Thank you so much for this opportunity to be a representative from Michigan on the Raised in a Barn team. I cannot wait to see what lies a head. Feel free to follow me on Instagram and Twitter: @karla_willcome.

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Videos for the Ag Class

Have you ever wanted to start class with a video, but didn’t know where to start? We have created a list of educational and entertaining videos for all occasions.

Here is a list of videos to educate and entertain your class.

Funny Videos:


Official Dress:

FFA Creed:

FFA History:

FFA members why are we here?:


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The Moment I Knew

As my senior year approaches there are many things on my mind. my job, academics, FFA, and most importantly college. I’ve grown up on a 130 acre crop farm with corn, soybeans, hay, and honey bees in Oconomowoc Wisconsin. I was a 4-H member for 5 years, but the one thing I will never regret in high school is joining FFA.
Thus being said, the one event that has made the biggest impact on me to this day is what our chapter calls “Field Day”. Our FFA has its own school farm where we have test plots for crops and the members have to harvest, plant, buy, sell and manage it ourselves.
In the middle of September we bring out our local 4th graders to come see what agriculture is all about and to spark their interest. Every member is required to set up a display on something Ag. This past year I had pigs.
Holding the little pig having the kids pet it, a little girl said to me, “This is the coolest thing I have ever seen! I want to do this!” That is when I knew. The feeling of making in someone want to be as passionate as me about Agriculture is something I want to continue to do. Knowing, that someday she could be the one to make a big difference in the world of agriculture.
I absolutely can’t wait to apply to schools on September 1st for agricultural education.

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