The second last week in February is always the Annual General Meeting for the Beef Farmers of Ontario. I have gone for several years and I've always enjoyed myself. There is a lot to learn and I can always learn more about raising cattle more effectively. I like getting the updates on what we've accomplished, networking with other beef farmers, eating the banquet dinner, and hearing the keynote speakers. This is also a time for us to vote on resolutions, things we want our elected board of directors to take action on. I find it very informative to see what the different counties put forward as a key issue for their area or for the industry as a whole. Usually, we are in agreement, but there are cases when a debate breaks out on the floor. I live for the debates, you guys.
This year I was a little more involved than usual as I ran for a position on the board. I was not the elected candidate but that doesn't matter. I wanted to introduce myself as someone who is passionately interested in making a difference in our industry. I want us to succeed so that we can continue to raise cattle for generations. Small family farms are dying out and I can't just sit by and not do anything about that. That was what running was about, getting my foot in the door and making an effort.
That is also why I make comics and write children's books and do all these insane things that take up all my time and don't pay enough. I see a problem and I need to be a part of the solution in whatever way I can.
The AGM was fantastic. I got so much out of networking and learning about our new marketing strategies. Upon leaving the final day I felt inspired to try harder, in everything I'm doing. I want my girls to be a strong herd producing the best quality meat, I want to get my comics out further to reach more people, and I want to fight harder for agriculture in Ontario. What sort of things are you involved in to make a difference? Are you a member of any organization like BFO or OFA? Tell me about them!