Why Do I AgVocate? – Kyndal Reitzenstein

What is your role in agriculture?

My role in agriculture is to inspire, teach and show what we do as agriculturists. It is important I do my best to describe how farmers create, care for and treat our nation’s food. My responsibility is to show society how important agriculture truly is in our everyday lives and the impact it makes on our nation as a whole.

What was your inspiration for becoming an agvocate?

My inspiration for becoming an agvocate is my family and the atmosphere that I surround myself in. I have grown up on a farm where we wake up in the morning and tend to our animals. Sometimes this is an all day task. It is hard to explain how much the agricultural industry has done for me and my family. It has allowed me to become involved in livestock judging and receive numerous scholarships to help me pay for college. My inspiration is the opportunities that await me and others in the agriculture world and it is my duty to agvocate about the industry that has done so much for me.

What is your favorite part about being an agvocate?

My favorite part of being an agvocate is working with kids. I enjoy helping young kids get involved in agriculture and helping them realize that their hard work pays off.

What is the most challenging part of being an agvocate?

The most challenging part of being an agvocate is dealing with the anti-agriculturalists. I understand there are some people out there that do not believe in what we do, which is how this world keeps spinning. It is hard for me to fathom that, but I know if I keep staying positive about what we are doing, then there is bound to be progress over time.

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

My advice for other farmers and ranchers who would like to become more involved in agvocacy would be to take baby steps at a time. Start off with a small goal that you have and keep working your way up to what is comfortable for you. It is hard to wake up in the morning and think of all the things that you use daily that do not involve agriculture. But, it is easy to list all of the things that you use daily that do involve agriculture. Any involvement in agvocacy is tremendous for our industry. The more we get the word out about what we are doing, the better.

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

My biggest takeaway from viewing Twitter chats is to always keep an open mind about who your audience is and how they may view things. Not everyone has the same views on some of the topics being discussed, so it is very important to always stay neutral and never get defensive about other viewpoints.

What does the AgChat Foundation mean to you?

The AgChat Foundation is an organization that I have a lot of respect for. They provide connections between farmers and agricultural enthusiasts to help explain our role in the world to the rest of society. The foundation provides numerous conferences throughout the year providing information and facts about agriculture. The AgChat Foundation also uses social media to reach out to consumers and farmers. Personally I think it is amazing to have an organization that stands for agriculture and believes in describing the importance that it portrays to the world.

Kyndal Reitzenstein is from a small, rural community in Kersey, Colorado. She grew up on a cattle operation where her family primary raises Angus cattle. Her parents, Mark and Kaye, and brother, Austin work as a family raising cattle and competing around the nation showing cattle and pigs. She is currently a senior at Oklahoma State University where she is majoring in animal science and agricultural communications. Kyndal plans on graduating in December with hopes of continuing on to graduate school and study animal reproduction.