Vais Falar Com As Vacas?!

This blog post was written by 2012-2013 Associate Editor, Amanda Meneses.

I’ve discovered throughout my vacation in the Azores that although being an Agricultural Communications major is  fantastic, it can also be a burden. When you’re practically related to half the island of Terceira, you have to answer the question, “What are you studying?” about once a day!

Imagine if you will, the looks on their faces when they understand the literal meaning of the words Agricultural Communications. My favorite response of course, and the one I get the majority of a time is, “Vais falar com as vacas?” aka “You’re going to talk to cows?”

What if that was our major, and we were learning how to talk to cows? What would we say to them? I know what all my uncles who own dairies would want me to say. Tell the cow to eat less, and produce more milk please!

The best part of being asked my major, after laughing at their question regarding the cows, is being able to explain how vital and progressive American agriculture is. In the Azores, agriculture is milking 15-20 cows and moving cows from pasture to pasture through the streets. There is the occasional corn and wheat fields, but that’s as far as it goes. They could never imagine thousands of cows on one dairy, hundreds of acres of corn, or orchards filled with fruit without seeing it with their own eyes.

So until the day that we can speak to cows (the day will come, I’m sure of it), agricultural communicators must continue persuading the human population how important agriculture is to all of our lives.

A girl can dream, right?!
Adeus. Chao. Beijinhos,

About Brock Center for Agricultural Communication

The Brock Center for Agricultural Communication has aggressively pursued the following goals to heighten public awareness and understanding of agricultural issues: *Locate and attract prospective undergraduate students who demonstrate aptitude for communication and have an abiding concern for agriculture. *Assist the university's Colleges of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and Liberal Arts in preparing these students to be effective professional communicators, through learn-by-doing opportunities. *Serve as a resource and vehicle for the continuing education of those in a position to promote the understanding of agriculture. *Promote the professional development of university faculty through teaching, research and service to agriculture communication. *Develop and maintain a website as a resource of information on agricultural issues to serve students, faculty, media professionals, agriculturists and the public.
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