Getting to know you…

Joey Myers is NDFB’s Director of Organizational Development. She oversees NDFB’s field staff and works with NDFB’s Promotion and Education Committee and Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee. She shares a little about herself on the My NDFB Life blog this week!

I grew up on a cattle ranch outside of Velva, North Dakota. A strong passion for animal agriculture was formed at a young age for me. My sister and I started showing livestock through 4-H and FFA. Though my mom would have loved for me to show horses — I grew to love showing pigs.

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(Pictured above: Like mom, like daughter. Joey’s mini-me, Dyllyn wins a ribbon showing her pig.)

Summer is an exciting time for my family.  This summer, my six-year-old daughter will be showing her fourth set of pigs! She started showing at the age of three and has become quite the showman over the years. Not only will she have pigs this summer, but goats, a ton of baby calves and even a horse named Pig. I believe raising kids on the farm is the absolute biggest blessing.

After completing my four-year degree at North Dakota State University, I moved to Iowa to sell livestock feed. My time in Iowa was educational and fun, but after a few years I moved back to North Dakota to be closer to family.

Fargo has been my home for many years and it has been a memorable experience. But ever since I moved away from my home ranch, I longed to go back. Now I have that opportunity and I will be moving back to central North Dakota this summer.

My love for agriculture never seems to end. Every night, we sit at our table and discuss what type of foods we are eating and what farmer produced it for us. It is important our youth know where their food comes from. That’s one reason I love my job at NDFB. I get to teach kids how farmers and ranchers put food on their tables.

The ability to educate the world about the nutritional foods farmers and ranchers provide should be a part of our everyday lives. I’m excited to have the opportunity to advocate for agriculture. 

 

 

If you give a Farm Bureau staffer a ladder…

You know that kid’s book,  “If you give a mouse a cookie.” It spawned a bunch of other books like “If you give a moose a muffin.” And “If you give a dog a donut.”

Well, I’m here to tell you, those critters have nothing on Farm Bureau’s creative staff.

If a Farm Bureau staffer, (namely Val Gordon, who has a wonderfully creative decorating side to her) sees a ladder in a second-hand store) she might think it would make a great coat rack for the Bismarck office.

But the ladder needs hardware on which to hang said coats. And a trip to a nearby hobby store produces no definitive results. So the ladder leans against a wall in the “media” room for a couple of months until another Farm Bureau staffer (namely Pete Hanebutt) takes it upon himself to move the project forward and purchase various hooks and knobs  to hang the coats on the ladder that needs to be hung on the wall.

He then brings his sons in on a weekend and assembles the hardware on the ladder and hangs the ladder on the wall.

(To the delight of the other two staffers in the Bismarck office, Lisa Hauf, and me, and everyone who stops in our office.)

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It is as much a conversation piece as a highly functional coat/hat rack.

I dare not imagine what they could do with a piece of machinery!!!

See what each member of the NDFB staff does for the organization at this link: Meet the NDFB Staff.