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Howdy from the Bluegrass!

Posted on February 22, 2011 18:24 by Jesse Bussard


Howdy from the Bluegrass!  You may remember me, the Pennsylvania cowgirl, from an earlier post where I introduced myself as a new blogger for the Cattle Call.  My family runs a small Angus/Hereford crossbred cow-calf operation in south central Pennsylvania.  We keep our calves and feed them out to slaughter weight, selling them locally as freezer beef.  Growing up on a farm instilled a passion for agriculture in my heart at a young age, leading me to become an active advocate for agriculture and the beef industry in particular.

My life has provided me with a variety of experiences and I’m very thankful for that because it has provided me with an interesting outlook on life.  Growing up I showed livestock and horses in 4-H, FFA, and open shows.  I’ve worked at numerous stables breaking colts and exercising horses.  When I was 19 years old I got my Class A CDL and even drove truck for a while. 

It wasn’t until I was 21 that I decided to go to college.  I ended up at Penn State University majoring in Animal Science.  Here I made some of the best friends I’ll ever have and discovered my true passion for agricultural advocacy.  During the spring of 2009, the Penn State Collegiate Cattlewomen chapter was started.  Being involved in this club allowed me to become aware of current issues and develop a deep passion for advocating for the beef industry.

Upon graduation from Penn State, I moved to Lexington, KY to start working on my M.S. degree in Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Kentucky (UK).  Having lived in Pennsylvania for the majority of my life, moving to Kentucky was a big change for me, but definitely the right decision.  I have been fortunate to have friended some great people from the Kentucky agricultural community that make this change a little easier.

Kentucky is a very beautiful state that boasts the largest cattle industry east of the Mississippi River.  The University of Kentucky (UK) and the KY Cattlemen’s Association (KCA) work closely with each other to provide educational opportunities for the cattle producers they serve.  This provides a unique opportunity for me to learn both from agricultural researchers and cattle producers, while helping to educate them about current research and management practices.

I am an active Agvocate on social media and currently also run my own blog, Pearl Snaps' Ponderings, where I talk about many different topics related to agriculture.  I also write a monthly column for an equine publication called Tack 'n Togs.  In the upcoming months I will be a monthly contributor on the Food & Farm Radio Show sponsored by Feedstuffs Foodlinks on America's Web Radio.

As I take over the reins as the new Public Relations Task Force chair and co-editor for the YPC Cattle Call, I hope that I can help to spread the word about beef cattle production.  A major need to inform consumers and elected officials about the real story behind the cattle industry is obvious.  My hope is that by improving upon the YPC Cattle Call blog we will improve upon our efforts to correct misinformation about the cattle industry and give the general public a better understanding of the many different aspects of the cattle business.  This being said, I also hope that we can provide insight into current issues affecting the industry and also give perspectives from producers in the field for our members.

If you have any suggestions on how to improve upon the YPC Cattle Call blog or would like contribute please contact me at  You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter


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