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They say everything is bigger in Texas. Well, this week I've been fortunate to be part of one of the biggest gatherings of ag communicators on earth —a big party in Texas where American and foreign ag communicators are coming to learn a few things, network and just have some fun.
Don't get me wrong - we have had a few serious deliberations already. Kansas State Ag Economist
I was lucky enough to be elected president of the IFAJ when we held our last annual meeting, or Congress, in
When we first dreamed up the idea of bringing the IFAJ Congress to
Those of you who know me know I am serious about showing people a good time and always sampling the local culture. Two nights ago we were at Billy Bob's, the world's largest honky tonk, and later on it was a rodeo at the Cowtown Coliseum. Did I mention we've been sampling the culture? Beer. Lots of good
Farmers might be surprised to know that those of us who work in ag media, especially farm magazines, actually like each other and work on these kinds of projects. Sure we are competitors, but we're still friends and colleagues and realize we have a lot we can learn from each other. It was that kind of spirited cooperation that has allowed our American organization, the American Agricultural Editors' Association, along with the Livestock Publications Council and Agribusiness Council, to put together the summit as well as plan out the events for the IFAJ congress. I'd have to say my colleagues have done a fantastic job judging by the rave comments I'm hearing from the foreign guests.
To learn more about IFAJ you can check out our website. And you'll find lots of pictures and stories from this meeting at www.agwired.com
It's a good feeling to know you've been involved in something of this magnitude. It's even better to know your 'out-of-town' guests are having a good time and learning something along the way. That's the best kind of party!
(In an upcoming blog I'll share with you some of the ideas we heard from Mr. Stenholm and Professor Flinchbaugh).