Young can be heard Monday through Friday at 5:50 am on KQWC reporting on My Two Cents. She is known for her straight talk and common sense when it comes to rural America and agriculture. Never one to shirk from telling what she believes is important; she’s also well versed in what is happening around the world with agriculture. Young will talk about agricultural education, agriculture/urban connections and how we can better serve each other if we know more.
This event is open to everyone and free to attend, thanks to the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee and Peterson Construction. The goal this year of the ag committee was to educate and entertain the community about agriculture. The Cyndi Young Evening is the second event of the year for the Ag Committee. Don’t think this will be a dry and boring presentation about farming. Cyndi is renowned for her strong opinions, entertaining presentations and good ‘ole common sense.
While growing up on the family farm near Winchester, Illinois, Cyndi was involved in 4-H and FFA. Her broadcast career began at WJIL, Jacksonville, Illinois, on April Fool’s Day in 1985. As an Agriculture Education major with an emphasis in animal science at Western Illinois University, her goal was to promote the beef industry. A local farm broadcaster persuaded this past State Beef Queen to interview for a position at his radio station.
During her farm broadcast tenure, Cyndi worked for Oklahoma Agrinet and was Farm Director for WTAX Springfield, Illinois. She joined Brownfield as Regional Farm Director in 1998, and in October of 2001, was promoted to Farm Director and Manager.
Cyndi has traveled extensively throughout the United States and to 15 different countries covering agriculture for Midwestern farmers. Her work has earned her dozens of honors from agriculture groups and associations. A member of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting for 25 years, Cyndi was recognized as Farm Broadcaster of the Year for the nation in 1997, and received the coveted Oscar in Agriculture in 2009.
Cyndi pens a popular weekly column in both Illinois AgriNews and Indiana AgriNews and is a well-known public speaker. A partner with her husband, Jim Puyear, in Rocking P Ranch near Jamestown, Missouri, Cyndi enjoys spending time at home with the registered Simmental cattle herd. She also enjoys gardening and deer hunting.
September 4, Young will be present at the Webster City Area Chamber Quarterly Coffee and available to visit with members after the coffee. An Ag Luncheon will also be hosted by the Chamber and sponsored by Monsanto at noon at The Bridge. If you are interested in attending and affiliated with agriculture, please contact the Chamber for more information.
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Words from Cyndi:
“Smell that money!”
When I was growing up, the kids on my school bus used to repeat that statement every time we rode by Wendy Freeman’s cattle feedlot. With windows open, we’d drink in the smell of manure and grin from ear to ear. None of us at that point in our youth had heard the phrase, “A rising tide carries all boats” but we were all cheering for Wendy.
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For years, many farmers have assumed their rural brethren had a better understanding of how crops and livestock are raised and that it is people living in cities who are disconnected from agriculture. The truth is, farmers make up only about 10 percent of the rural population of 60 million people in this country. Someone living in a townhouse in Chicago might have a better understanding of stacked trait seeds than someone living in a farm house on a gravel road in the middle of nowhere.
There is one great and growing divide between the urban and rural population in this country, especially as it pertains to children. Poverty rates in rural America are on the rise, while urban poverty rates continue a slow decline. Recent USDA findings show that child poverty in rural areas is at its highest level in 30 years, and many predict it will worsen in coming years.
In 2012, 26.7 percent of children in rural America lived in poverty.
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