Jamie) Welcome back to Farm Factor and the Kansas Soybean Update.
(Greg) This is the Kansas Soybean Update. It’s brought to you by the Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers. Karen Hanson, Registered Dietician with HyVee, joins us and Karen you had the privilege of being a part of the Farm Food Tour that took place across Kansas. (Karen) I did Greg. We had a wonderful tour, very educational and just a great time to get together with some other nutritionists and bloggers and people that are very interested in learning about agriculture. (Greg) And this really covered the whole gamut of those who are in production agriculture and maybe those who are not in production agriculture as well. (Karen) Exactly. Exactly. We did, we got to see everything from how basil is grown to cow/calf operations. You name it. A wide variety of different types of ag were represented. (Greg) I’m sure new experiences for some who were on the tour? (Karen) Yea, you know a lot of the people on the tour were bloggers from the Kansas City area. So these primarily…Kansas City and Wichita both, and they were primarily people that have not had a lot of exposure to agriculture. (Greg) What are some of the main reasons to get some of those who may not have a face with agriculture out to the state of Kansas to look at operations like this? (Karen) It’s really a proactive approach because we have to get our ag messages out there. Unfortunately we all know that there are a lot of negatives and misinformed people out there on social media, giving a lot of information that maybe isn’t quite accurate. And it’s a great chance for soybean and all the other commodities as well to get their messages out there in a very positive way. And to dispell a lot of misbeliefs. (Greg) I’m sure some eyes were opened up, but at the same time probably respect for what these producers do? (Karen) Oh my goodness, the farmers and ranchers, the places, the companies we visited are so dedicated and have so much science and so much information behind what they do to make it a very safe product. And to make it a very profitable product for the ag industry. And I just think that was so eye opening to these people. They had no idea of the amount of steady science, you name it, dedication that goes into those products. (Greg) Do you think this tour can grow in the future to be able to get more people like that into this tour? (Karen) I think that’s a critical thing that we have to do. Because I think this is a hands on, if you will, approach to really getting them out in the fields and getting them to see what is really going on in ag. I honestly think from the responses that I saw of those bloggers and people, we’ll probably have waiting lines for these tours in the future. They’re just that impressive and that important to what we’re doing. (Greg) Karen, we appreciate your time. Thank you very much. (Karen) You bet Greg. Thank you. (Greg) That is Karen Hanson, Registered Dietician with HyVee and she was a part of the Farm Food Tour that took place across Kansas. She’s been our guest on the Kansas Soybean Update. It’s brought to you by the Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers. Learn more at kansassoybeans.org. For Kansas Soybeans, I’m Greg Akagi.
(Jamie) Hope you enjoyed this week’s Kansas Soybean Update. Stay tuned for more from Kyle and Herschel.