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Indiana Blogs: Boilermarker Ag

Indiana Blogs: Boilermarker Ag

Boilermaker Ag is an Indiana blog that shares the agriculture news that you need to know. Think of it as your link between farmer and consumer.

As a non-farmer and someone pretty much clueless about the farming process, Boilermarker Ag covers the relevant topics of the day. An insightful read, she keeps busy dissecting the latest agricultural news!

From a peek inside a packing plant to the truth about pink slime, Chelsea is on it. As a former ag student, she’s got the connections and know-how to get to the heart of any issue.

Indiana Blogs: Boilermaker Ag

Why did you start Boilermaker Ag?
I started Boilermaker Ag as an assignment in a communications class at Purdue. I’ve been blogging for two years and I love it.

What about that name? Why Boilermaker Ag?
In that college class, we were supposed to pick a topic we enjoyed so I decided to cover events and happenings in the College of Ag at Purdue. Thus, Boilermaker Ag was born as a mesh of the two.

Since then, my blog has evolved a little bit, but I still love my Alma mater and the name is unique so I decided to keep it. I still blog on Purdue events occasionally so it still fits.

What are three of your most favorite posts?

What keeps you ready and raring to post? Why do you blog?
I blog because I like to express myself through writing, I enjoy sharing fun events and happenings with others, and the main reason is because I am passionate about agriculture.

I was an Ag Communications major and as I mention in my “Beef is Red, Right?” blog, there is a disconnect between the consumers and the agricultural industry. I enjoy helping educate people about agriculture and I like to know other people’s opinions about certain topics. That disconnect and people’s questions about the industry is what keeps me ready and raring to post.

If I can help teach someone at least one new thing, that is a success for me. I know more people out there have questions so my goal is to help answer them or point them in the right direction as well as “AGvocate” for the industry.

Is there anything that you would like to set the record straight on, ag-wise? You know, anything that people seem to commonly believe but that is so completely false?
One major thing being misinformed about in today’s world is that farmers and producers don’t care about the land or their animals. There have been a lot of negative articles about farmers being reckless in using their land and chemicals, but the truth is that farming is their living. It’s how they make money.

If they don’t take care of their land or their animals, they won’t produce a quality product. If they don’t product a quality product, they don’t make a profit. Some would disagree with that saying, well, ‘they don’t care what kind of product they put out because they get paid regardless,’ but that isn’t true.

The one common link between all of us is that everyone has to eat. Why would they want to put out a bad product if they have to go to the grocery store and buy that bad quality product? They wouldn’t. They buy the same things as you and I so their goal is to make sure it is safe for everyone, including their own family.

I could go on forever on this topic; it could be a whole blog by itself. And now that I think of it, I will write a blog on it!

The radio is on. What’s playing?
Jason Aldean, “Fly Over States” because I’m from Indiana and I love the song and what it represents.

Is there anything else that you would like little Indiana readers to know?
I have two tips for people if they are searching for great small Indiana businesses. (Shameless plug)

If you are ever in southern Indiana, Selvin, Indiana is a great little place to visit. It is in Warrick Co. right off of St. Rd. 68 toward Lynnville.

It has a cool little “Selvin General Store” with a lot of historic things and GREAT burgers! Also, Selvin’s main attraction is the popular campground Yellowbanks which has a swimming lake, hand-built log cabins, campsites, and soft-serve ice cream that’s worth writing home about.

It’s a popular campsite for people visiting Holiday World in Santa Claus as it is only 15 minutes away. My grandparents own them. Definitely worth checking out!

If anyone has any more questions, feel free to contact me through my blog or Twitter account: @Chelsea_PA

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Is that an interesting read or is that an interesting read! Thanks to Chelsea Nord for popping over to little Indiana today and sharing her world.

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