Why Do I AgVocate? – Ashley Messing-Kennedy

What is your role in agriculture?

I am the 3rd generation on my family’s dairy farm where I work with my parents to manage the animals.

What was your inspiration for becoming an agvocate?

I have always loved writing. It was a creative release for me for years, then I found a group of farmers that were involved in social media and I realized I could combine my love of writing with my love of farming. That was the birth of my first blog 8 years ago!

What is your favorite part about being an agvocate?

I love how many relationships I have gained. I have very close friends all across the country thanks to agvocating.

What is the most challenging part of being an agvocate?

The Internet is such an anonymous place. So many people think they can say whatever they want and there are no consequences. Often people type things they would never say something they would never say to a persons face. I find the lack of etiquette and kindness to be challenging.

What advice for other farmer/ranchers who would like to become more involved in agvocacy?

Find something you enjoy but don’t take on too much. We all have a lot to do between our families and jobs, don’t feel like you need to do everything.

What is your biggest takeaway or memory from an AgChat event or Twitter chat?

I will never forget attending the first AgChat conference in Chicago. Getting to meet all of these people in real life was amazing!

What does the AgChat Foundation mean to you?

They took my blogging to a whole new level by providing me with resources and the ability to network.

Ashley is a millennial, wife, mom and a dairy farmer. Ashley, her husband, Eric, and daughter Calli live on the dairy farmer she grew up on. As the 3rd generation on the family farm Ashley and her husband are the caretakers of the animals and the farm. In addition to farming Ashley loves reading, cooking, beauty, home DIY and training for 5k races.