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.