Food Feature Friday

On behalf of 4th of July week and family traditions, Watermelon is the food word of the day.

Watermelon- The large melonlike fruit of a plant of the gourd family, with smooth green skin, red pulp, and watery juice.


Watermelons are one of my favorite summer foods (maybe of all time). I enjoyed this watermelon on the 4th of July.

Watermelon makes me think of my grandparents. They are the reason I am so crazy about the fruit. We always eat it when I visit in the summer. They know how to pick good ones, too.

At 9 a.m. my grandpa will say, “let’s go eat watermelon.” We will go out to the fridge in the garage and grandma will cut up the watermelon into fourths. We will sit outside in chairs and eat as much as we want. Buck, the old yellow lab used to eat the leftover rinds. Those were the best times.

Nonetheless, it’s a tradition in that same family to eat watermelon and fried catfish on the 4th of July, and sadly, I didn’t make it home to indulge. However, my grandparents sent me back with a nice one before I left the farm on Sunday (above).

I am glad it tastes pretty good. I am also thankful there will be more to come. Hopefully my watermelon tapping skills aren’t too rusty.

Do you have a favorite, traditional summer food? Agri-Word would like to hear from you and you might just be featured in an upcoming “Food Feature Friday.”


Defining Agriculture

Since agriculture is the focus of this blog, I think it’s important to know how it’s defined.

The Merriam Webster online dictionary defines Agriculture as “the science, art, or practice of cultivating the soil, producing crops, and raising livestock and in varying degrees the preparation and marketing of the resulting products.” 

The Webster definition seems pretty cut and dry, right? Well, check out the Department of Agriculture’s definition.

It’s pretty confusing to navigate if you don’t know which agriculture you are looking for. There is no one definition for just agriculture on the site I could find.

On the social media sites Facebook and Twitter, I asked people what their definition of agriculture was. Here were some of the replies I received.

“The management of livestock and crops for human sustainability.”

“Agriculture is an industry that has the power to effect everything in the world. Its diversity effects more than most people realize.” 

“Agriculture gets a bad reputation even though it’s full of people that have nothing but drive, do nothing but strive, work hard everyday, and will do anything to help another person even when the markets down and we truly need help ourselves but are to proud to ask. Agriculture is the same as greatness…just a few letters longer.” 


“Here’s the Wikipedia definition-Agriculture (also called farming or husbandry) is the cultivation of animals, plants, fungi and other life forms for food, fiber, and other products used to sustain life. Pretty spot on I’d say.” 

I even You Tubed agriculture. Here are some of the results:

Excerpt from the PBS Documentary “Farm Boy”

BASF “One Hungry Planet.”

Agriculture is defined as you define it.That’s what makes agriculture such an interesting industry to be involved in.

So…I want to know for this blog: How do YOU define agriculture?

A Farm Girl’s Passion

Agriculture. That’s the heart and soul behind what sparked my interest in creating the Agri-Word blog site.

I have wanted to create a site like this for some time and I am tickled to have an opportunity to do so as part of a senior capstone project.

Let me begin by saying…

I am fascinated with agriculture.Growing up on a smaller farm in North Missouri, I am very passionate about what I do as a journalist and I hope I can use this blog as a way to better understand your feelings about agriculture as we embrace new technology and a growing world population in the years to come. Agriculture is an industry so diverse and large that it can create an interesting conversation about global food, fiber and fuel production. This is part one of this blog. These posts will reflect ag in the news-both local, national and worldwide. I will observe fellow agriculture journalists and non-agriculture journalists in the stories they produce.

The other part of this blog will define agriculture words.

Agriculture also has a lot of lingo. The industry has a language that is sometimes confusing to the everyday non-agriculturalist. Even farm kids like myself have a difficulty understanding a word or two. So, it is my goal to dissect one agriculture word every week to hopefully gain a stronger understanding of how people define agriculture large and small scale.

Word examples include anything from organic to no-till farming. We can look at easy ways to get agriculture news as well.

What I plan to do…

I want to get a feel for the future of agriculture through your eyes. Tell me what you think, how you define a word and where you would like to see change in agriculture reporting or industry.

So that, my blogging friends-in a nutshell-is this new blog. I look forward to having some great conversations going into this year.