Opportunities are a great in agriculture

Yesterday, I participated in a round table like no other I have ever had the chance.

The BBC show, World Have Your Say, was going to be in Medina County and they wanted to talk to farmers or people working in the agriculture industry.

The show is a global discussion program based in London.

This program is part of a series of live shows where World Have Your Say is asking ‘Is America working?’ by speaking to people working in different professions across the country – hearing them talk about their industry and also their thoughts on the Presidential election.

I was surprised to learn when they say global, they really mean global. One of their biggest demographics is Southern Africa and the show is big on including social media into it.

In fact, listeners are able to hear across the world and then ask questions via e-mail, Twitter and even on Facebook. The thing that amazed me was that most of the listeners are from Africa.

The greatest part of it though in my opinion was the farmers who were there in person talking and asking questions among each other.

The host, Ros made all of us feel relaxed and at home.

Skip Jones, owner of Jones Turkey Farm, hosted the event in his barn which is full of turkeys getting ready for harvest in November.

Steve Arters, Mark Allbrack, Kim Davis, Andy Vance– Feedstuffs.com, Joe Logan, Dave Russell– Brownfield Ag Network, Mike Biscuit and I sat around just outside of the turkey area doing what I would say many of us love to do– discuss the state of agriculture not only in Ohio but the United States.

Many would think that an hour would be hard to fill but it actually was quick. And I think I know why… Everyone there is involved in agriculture everyday and they love what they do. So that transfers into them being very willing to discuss some of the issues effecting the industry. And that meant no shortage in material to discuss or the willingness to share opinions on the issues hitting the industry.

To listen in on the conversation, click here: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/worldservice/whys/whys_20121018-1909a.mp3.

Kristy Foster Seachrist lives in Columbiana County raising sheep and horses with her husband, Kurt. She earned her degree from Youngstown State University and has worked in both print and broadcast journalism.
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