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'Just One Nut Case With A Blog'

fresh-vegetables.jpg To wrap up the week, I thought I would share a blog entry from the Vegetarian Star that might pique your interest. Of course, from the title of the website alone, you probably already know the topic area and the reader demographics. However, you might be surprised to learn that one entry is about me and this little old blog. In their blog spot, " Kellie Pickler Sparks Veggie Hate Among Country Folk," I'm referred in the comments section as "just one nut case with a blog." Read on for an excerpt...Enjoy!

No, Kellie Pickler hasn’t been found in revealing photographs of her chomping on hamburgers after winning PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian Contest. But there are some that wish she would. Amanda Nolz at Beef magazine recently blogged on the Beef Daily blog (Seriously, we’re not kidding. We know you’ll want to bookmark that in your browser as well as subscribe to the Beef Daily e-newsletter.) that Kellie was an example of a country music star who had turned away from country values.

Just like evil Carrie Underwood who donated funds from her American Idol elimination song to the Humane Society, Kellie is ruining everything country. Well, shame on her! Are you a cattle rancher kid who went wild and became veg, much to the disappointment of your friends and family?

After reading through the blog entry and the corresponding comments, I have learned a few things: 1) The general public truly believes local animal shelters are the same as the national lobbying group, the Humane Society of the United States. 2) Those that firmly believe that we are greedy capitalists with hidden agendas, will always think that about us. 3) I need to do a better job of reaching out to the consumer to answer questions and concerns about where their food comes from. 4) With all of the misconceptions out there, we have a lot of work to do.

With the holidays right around the corner, let's all take a few minutes to write into our local newspapers. Send a Christmas greeting from a local rancher in a letter to the editor. Share your story of family, farming and faith. That's a theme anyone can relate to, don't you think?

Reminder: Don't forget to vote for your favorite finalist in the 2009 BEEF Daily Cowboy Christmas Photography Contest! Voting ends on Dec. 22, 2009. As of this morning, we already have 70 votes. Let's see if we can pass 100 today! Thanks for your participation!