I know it has been a long while since I have written for this blog, and I wanted to apologize to my followers and readers. You would think with the pandemic, I would have more time to write as our lives and routines were upended, and whether by choice or not, I would have the opportunity to pen a few articles.
However, my last semester at North Dakota State University was spent online after spring break, either stuck at my computer on a zoom class or writing as it seemed my professors piled on the homework.
During that time, I was worried if I would find a position in my field or be forced to find something to pay the rent regardless. Staying in Fargo was looking like less of an option, and I started expanding my job-search territory to just about anywhere. In some respect, myself and my family were hoping to find something in California as this was my home state. After reading a post in a Facebook group from someone who was having difficulty finding work in the state, I realized it was futile.
I posted my resume on the usual job sites and signed up for alerts for agriculture communications jobs. I received alerts for positions either I wasn’t qualified for (on a side note, “entry” level is not what it used to be as you have to have experience, but how will you get experience without a job) or didn’t involve communications but sales. I’ve been in sales most of my working life, selling everything from men’s suits, financial products, to wine.
I received an email from the career center sent to all students in the communication department and thought about applying for a while. The position was looking for a writer and wanted experience, so I sent writing samples from this blog and articles I wrote from interning at American Ag Network. I did not expect much but wanted the experience interviewing for jobs.
Little did I know, the publisher would call me back a couple of days later and offer to fly me to Denver to interview in-person. Fast-forward, and I am living in the Denver metro area writing for a living and my “beat” is law and environmental issues.
Calling my blog “From L.A. to the Farm” seems silly and hypocritical as I don’t live on a farm or even a rural area. However, I want to continue writing about issues that interest urbanites wishing to learn about agriculture.
However, it will be more about animal agriculture and their role in the environment, but I will continue to focus on the industry as a whole.
For instance, I wrote about the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee acknowledging that the industry can solve the climate crisis. The report titled, “The Case for Climate Action: Building a Clean Energy Economic for the American People,” outlines a congressional action plan to tackle climate change through 15 policy proposals that include agriculture programs.
Additionally, there are programs where ranchers in Nevada can participate in a sort of “cap and trade” program where they can be paid for conservation the sage-grouse population in the state.
These are just a couple of examples debunking the myth that agriculture destroys the environment and the land and issues I will write about. I will bring the whole story of the issues beyond what you read or hear on the radio, which fits their audience’s narrative. Now that I am settled in my new job and new city, I will begin this creation again as I told myself I would do so after graduating.
Thank you for reading and your continued support!
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Love you Charles and SO glad you were able to find work in your desired field. Im especially hoping that you learn to love your new surroundings and are able to bring your family there. Looking forward to reading you soon.
❤ (I don’t know, do emojis come across in email these days?) 😉
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