Bee Stings

6 Jul

BEE-lieve it or not, my husband and I have both been stung in the face within a two week period. Each of us were just merrily riding a Gator (him) and a 4-wheeler (her) while checking irrigation water, when, BAM! Out of nowhere, an unsuspecting bee hits us under the left eye (him) and above the right eyebrow (her). I guess when bees whack a person doing 30 mph, their last ditch effort is to sting said motorist. Then all the sting victim can do is cuss (him) and cry (her) while their face throbs and swells.

Cue the sad violins.

Bugs Bunny | Warner Bros.

Bugs Bunny | Warner Bros.

So, while I’m sitting here with a forehead that looks like I belong in one of those Geiko caveman commercials, I’m reminded of another bee sting story.

Geico Caveman

Geico Caveman

When I was about 5-years-old, we lived in Eaton, Colo. My parents were finally able, after many years of planning and dreaming, to purchase 80 acres. While our new house was being built, we would go out to check progress and do things adults do while building a house. Forgive me for not really knowing exactly what we were doing out there. I was 5.

Many of the details are a little fuzzy (I was 5), but what is clear in my memory is the fact that I had a pop in my chubby little hands. I was slurping said soda (have you ever known a 5-year-old to quietly drink a beverage? The answer is, no.). For some reason, I set the aforementioned pop down and ran off to do whatever it is 5-year-olds do at a construction site. And when I came back, I took a BIG slurp of the sugary stuff.

“Oh, shucks,” I thought to myself. “There’s a dirt clod in my pop.”

So I spit the whole mess out and lo-and-behold, the dirt clod was a bee.

My surprise at seeing a bee come out of my mouth was quickly overtaken by the throbbing pain on my tongue. Certain of his impending compassion and concern, I ran to my Dad.

“There wath a bee inma pop! Ibitma! Ibitma!” I tried my best to communicate. Dad just laughed.

He didn’t believe me! The wretched parent! How could he mistrust such an innocent face with such a swollen tongue? But mistrust he did and it’s taken years of imaginary therapy for me to come to terms with his denial of my truth.

And at times like this, with my swollen brow, I think it’s still a very traumatic memory.

Don’t even get me started on the time there was a mouse in my boot!

God Bless You & American Agriculture,


And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. – Ephesians 6:4 (KJV)

P.S. After posting this, I got a couple suggestions. My mom recommends a vinegar and baking soda paste and my friend Judy recommends a product called Afterbite (or just plain ammonia, which is the main ingredient). Shout out, if you have any bee sting cures!

Meanwhile…Back on the Farm

19 Jun

Here’s what’s been going on on the farm. Over the past couple of months we’ve been tilling and prepping the soil…

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Strip tilling the soil and applying fertilizer to create a good seed bed to give our crops a good start

We planted corn and dry beans, periodically checking the seed depth and spacing…

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Planting corn, which will later be harvested to feed cattle

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Checking the seed depth and spacing as we plant

We’ve been watching the malt barley grow…

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June 3

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June 14

…and caring for it by irrigating and spraying for plant health.

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Irrigating by center pivot

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Spray plane in the barley

We’ve been watching the corn grow as well…

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May 30

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June 4

…and maintaining the crop through application of necessary fertilizer and weed control.

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Cultivating flood ground. It removes weeds and creates a good ditch so the flood irrigation water can more easily travel down the rows.

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We apply fertilizer while cultivating to help the corn grow and produce better yields

Right now Tyler and his help are dashing between irrigating, spraying and cultivating. It’s a busy time of year…but, it’s also a very pretty time of year.

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Wild Iris

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Lady bug in the cheat grass

God Bless You & American Agriculture,


And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest. – Luke 8:15 (NLT)

Taking Childhood for Granted

16 Jun

I hope all you dads out there had a great Father’s Day! I certainly have one of the best.

Taking Childhood for Granted | The Farm PaparazziI’m one of those incredibly blessed people who didn’t realize how incredibly blessed she was growing up. I definitely took my childhood for granted.

Taking Childhood for Granted | The Farm PaparazziI took for granted that I had a loving mom and dad (who just celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary this year!).

Taking Childhood for Granted | The Farm PaparazziI took for granted that my parents were able to work together at home and were always around.

Taking Childhood for Granted | The Farm PaparazziI took for granted that there were horses everywhere and I could ride anytime I wanted. Every little girls dream, right?

Taking Childhood for Granted | The Farm PaparazziI took this view for granted. Chugwater is a lot of things, but ugly is not one of them.

Taking Childhood for Granted | The Farm PaparazziI took for granted that my grandma lived right down the driveway and that I was able to spend every summer with my grandpa.

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Taking Childhood for Granted | The Farm PaparazziI took for granted that my parents are the best kind of people. They loved and cared for my brothers and I.

Taking Childhood for Granted | The Farm PaparazziThey didn’t push us to be someone we’re not, but expected us to be the best people God called us to be. They taught us about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. They modeled faith, strength, kindness, dedication, independence, hard work, humility, selflessness, honesty and integrity.

Taking Childhood for Granted | The Farm PaparazziI could ramble on and on about my parents. About the giving, compassionate, strong woman my mother is.

Taking Childhood for Granted | The Farm PaparazziAbout the humble, courageous, smart and funny man my dad is.

Taking Childhood for Granted | The Farm PaparazziBut, I think the best testament to their character is that they raised kids who were ABLE to take our childhood for granted.

Taking Childhood for Granted | The Farm PaparazziInstead of worrying, we were dreaming. Instead of crying, we were laughing. Instead of feeling lost, we were covered in warm embraces. My heart overflows with gratitude.

Taking Childhood for Granted | The Farm PaparazziGod Bless You and American Agriculture,


If you just read this post and thought, “that’s not even close to my experience growing up,” please don’t feel downhearted. Even if you had bad examples in your parents on earth, there is a Heavenly Father who is more than enough. He can fill your every need and you can lean on Him to be everything your human parents couldn’t be. To learn more, please visit,, or read the Bible for free at

But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir. – Galatians 4:4-7 (NLT)

Freelance Writing & Statewide Campaign

5 Jun

I highlighted some of the projects I’ve done as a part-time public relations consultant in another post and I’m doing it again. I’m not trying to bombard you with, “Look at me!” or, “I’m desperate for work!” Seriously, because I don’t like it when people look too closely (they might see something in my teeth) and I’m definitely not desperate for work. I’m a pretty busy gal.

But, I do love designing and writing and I’m behind in sharing some of the great projects I’ve been honored to do. It makes me feel wonderfully grateful when a business or organization trusts me to help promote their group, initiative or topic. It’s wonderful to be able to meld their priorities and ideas into a cohesive, attractive and effective product or campaign.

Most recently, Wyoming Rural Electric News (WREN) hired me to write a few articles for them. The first article was published in the June issue. The magazine is put together by Linden, a strategic marketing firm, and they are a joy to work with.WREN June 2014 | The Farm PaparazziWREN June 2014 | The Farm PaparazziWREN June 2014 | The Farm PaparazziMy story is featured with beautiful photography from another Wheatland gal, Leah Yetter. She also has a blog at Uprooted Magnolia.

One of the projects I was thrilled to do earlier this year was a Groundwater Awareness Week campaign for the Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts. Normally my good friend does all their design work, but she was a little busy taking care of brand-new twins and a 1 1/2-year-old, so she referred WACD to lucky me.

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Print Advertisement for Groundwater Awareness Week

This was my first statewide campaign for anyone other than WSGA. I loved the challenge and the scope of this large project, which included:

  • All the research necessary to write news releases and create educational materials (this included fact-checking with experts)
  • Writing two press releases
  • Creating two radio spots and a print ad and coordinated with statewide media for ad buys
  • Writing and posting Facebook updates throughout Groundwater Awareness Week
  • Researching current educational materials and creating a hand-out specific to Wyoming
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Excerpt from one of the Groundwater Awareness Week news releases

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Educational hand-out for Groundwater Awareness Week

I’m so grateful to WACD for trusting me with their campaign.

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Social Media updates for Groundwater Awareness Week

Let me know if you’re in the market for a writer/designer/event planner. I would love to help you spread the word about your business or organization! Here’s my card.

Liz Lauck PR

Liz Lauck PRGod Bless You & American Agriculture,


Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does. – Psalm 96:3 (NLT)

Goodbye…For Now: The Promise of Knowing Jesus

30 May

I stared at the computer screen in disbelief. I must not understand. There has to be a mistake. She just e-mailed me a few days ago. A life so vibrant, vivacious and so admired couldn’t be suddenly gone.

But she was gone and whatever I’d gotten online to do, suddenly didn’t matter.

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Tracy Alger

It’s strange to think that I received all the news of my friend Tracy‘s death on Facebook. In our social-media-infused lives her “wall” became a tribute to the amazing daughter, sister, friend, wife and mother she was. Friends and family shared stories, photos, memories and grief together. Funeral arrangements were announced, a memorial fund for her children was set up, a photo-book was created and everyone came together to reflect on this life that brought so much joy and did so much good.

Tracy loved being a mom. Send donations to the Tracy Alger Memorial Fund for Children's Future: Harness Funeral Home, 351 N. Adams, Buffalo, WY 82834.

Tracy loved being a mom. Send donations to the Tracy Alger Memorial Fund for Children’s Future: Harness Funeral Home, 351 N. Adams, Buffalo, WY 82834.

Although Tracy and I were just friendly acquaintances, I truly admired her and always looked forward to seeing her. We worked together one summer on the Wyoming Livestock Roundup and we were involved together in Wyoming CattleWomen. She was the person who always got things done. She was no nonsense when it was go time, and she was full of sharp wit and a big smile when it was time to play. We were pretty close in age (she was only 35) and had a lot of the same interests and a similar perspective on life. I had a lot of respect for her and thought we’d have fun getting to know each other better in years to come. Now we won’t have those opportunities.

The week after her death and before her funeral, I scrolled through Tracy’s wall daily. Reading the thoughts her loved ones posted helped console me. But as I read through all the lovely memories and comments, one question was left unanswered, “Is she a Christian?”

It was one of my first thoughts when I learned about her death and I’ve given it a lot of thought over the past two weeks. Was she saved? Will I get to see her again in heaven? I shed a lot of tears over the loss of such a wonderful woman and I shed a lot of those tears because I didn’t know if she knew Christ.

As I sat in that funeral surrounded by a lot of other young people who knew and loved Tracy, I felt such a heaviness in my heart. The heaviness of not knowing. The burden of wondering if God placed me in her life to share the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ and wondering if I ignored the opportunity.

Then the pastor’s words rang out. Tracy believed Jesus was her Lord and Savior. As the preacher explained the truth that Tracy knew, the tears flowed harder, but this time they were a mix of sadness and joy. Sadness at her loss. Joy for her new life in heaven.

Goodbye...For Now | The Farm PaparazziFriends, here’s the thing. I don’t ever want to wonder again. I don’t want to read an obituary of a loved one and ask myself if they were saved. I don’t want to miss out on telling you the wonderful truth about Jesus.

So, I’d like to ask you; Do you know Jesus? Do you know what He did for you and what He offers you now? If you do, I praise God for that! If you don’t, will you please listen while I tell you?

It doesn’t take much for us to realize how broken the world is. Just turn on the news and you’ll hear heartbreak after devastating heartbreak. That’s because we live in a fallen world full of sin.

romans_6_23Heaven, on the other hand, is a completely perfect place. There is no sin, sickness, sorrow, hurt or turmoil. It is filled with joy, hope, peace and love. God couldn’t let sinful people (and I’m not judging; we are all sinful people) into this perfect, spotless place. But, God loves you and me so much and he wants us so badly to live in eternal glory with him.

Goodbye...For Now | The Farm PaparazziSo, he paid the ultimate price and sent his one and only son, Jesus Christ, to take on our sin. Jesus became flesh, lived a perfect life and taught us the right way to live. Even though he was guiltless, He willingly died for you and for me.

Then Jesus, being the Son of God, did the impossible. He conquered death. He rose again and ascended into heaven. God lives!

Romans-10-9-web-nltHe paid this terrible price for us and He offers us forgiveness for our sins. We can’t earn forgiveness through good works, it’s a free gift only He can give. And He gives us this awesome gift if we believe in Him and ask for His grace and forgiveness. If we have faith that Jesus is the one, true, son of God, then we are assured salvation. We have the hope of eternity in heaven. We have power over death.

tumblr_mmnbe46lP11r1ibwko1_1280If you want to accept Jesus as your Savior, if you want to follow Him and have hope for tomorrow, you can simply ask Him for it. There aren’t any right or wrong words, but you can say something like this:

Goodbye...For Now | The Farm PaparazziWhether you say a prayer of salvation right now, or not, you can learn more about God’s awesome gifts and promises here:

Or I’d be happy to talk to you about my personal journey with Jesus as my savior and pray with you about your decision. I’m not a theologian or a Biblical scholar. I’m not here to judge or condemn. I’m just a believer who messes up a lot. But, I believe and I have the blessed assurance that, through Jesus, I’ll make it home to heaven when my time comes.

Goodbye...For Now | The Farm PaparazziTracy left a big hole when she left because she lived a great life, but for me, she also left behind a lot of hope. She believed and now she is experiencing an indescribable, wondrous, amazing life in heaven.

Goodbye, for now, Tracy.

God Bless You & American Agriculture,


This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! – 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)

PR Consultant for Hire

14 May

It’s been a year since I lost my mind, left my amazing job with the Wyoming Stock Growers and became a full-time farm wife. It’s also been a year since I started this blog. My first entry was just over a year ago and explains how I transitioned from Communication Director to Farm Wife.

Since then, I’ve embraced a very different/busy/wonderful life. I not only run tractor and chase pivots, but I’ve had more time to volunteer for causes I care about and even keep up with some “side jobs”. God has truly blessed me.

PR Consultant for Hire | The Farm PaparazziI couldn’t really leave WSGA completely, so my boss, Jim, let me continue to produce the quarterly magazine, CowCountry. This is one of the perks of WSGA membership, so join, if you’re not involved already!

PR Consultant for Hire | The Farm PaparazziI coordinate all content, work with our contributors, liaise with advertisers, write some of the articles, do all the layout and edit the thing when I’m done. It’s a big, 36-page job, and I love doing it.

PR Consultant for Hire | The Farm PaparazziI’ve also had the opportunity to do other public relations consulting work recently. One of my client’s name is Bridle Bit, LLC. Personally, I call them Mom & Dad.

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Bridle Bit, LLC 8-Foot Banner

I’ve been doing marketing work for my parent’s full-service equine operation since I figured out how to use clip art in Jr. High. But, recently, my folks did a revamp of their marketing materials and entrusted me to design their promotional materials. I got their new business cards, rack cards and banners done just in time for the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo in March.

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Bridle Bit, LLC Business Card Side 1

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Bridle Bit, LLC Business Card Side 2

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Bridle Bit, LLC Rack Card Side 1

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Bridle Bit, LLC Rack Card Side 2

I’ve also been doing some pro bono work for causes I care about. As part of my involvement in the Wyoming CattleWomen, I helped redesign the Ag Bags our group provides to local groups for their events and Ag Expos.

PR Consultant for Hire | The Farm PaparazziThere are currently about 10,000 of these bad boys sitting in boxes in my garage right now. Ah, the life of a passionate volunteer! That’s okay, they match the five plastic tubs I have in my basement from other volunteer efforts, including this project.

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Building Blocks of Beef Production Poster

I’ve been working with my friend Jessie Dafoe over at Wyoming Ag in the Classroom on new educational materials for local CattleWomen/Cowbelle groups. The Building Blocks for Beef Education toolkit materials became available in April (visit to learn more). The kits come with puzzles, a poster and handouts to teach kids about the 7 Stages of Beef Production.

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Building Blocks of Beef Production Handout Side 1

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Building Blocks of Beef Production Handout Side 2

It has been a blast and Wyo. Ag in the Classroom has been an amazing resource and group to work with. Thanks to the Wyoming Beef Council who funded this effort. I also want to give credit to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association for allowing us to use the great graphic you see in the middle of the poster and handout.

PR Consultant for Hire | The Farm PaparazziLet me know if you’re in the market for a writer/designer/event planner. I would love to help you spread the word about your business or organization! Comment here or e-mail me at

God Bless You & American Agriculture,


Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for people. Colossians 3:23 (NIV)


Share the Road

6 May

As I was helping my farmer husband move some equipment today, it occurred to me that not everyone probably understands why all these big tractors are clogging up the roads this time of year. There you are, trying to get to work or the grocery store or the lake, and there’s a big behemoth of a rig in front of you…or coming at you. It takes up the entire road and only goes 15-20 miles per hour. What gives?!

Share the Road | The Farm PaparazziWell, please be patient. Farmers are just trying to do their jobs, too. You see, farmers take care of a lot of fields, but usually only have a couple tractors, one planter, one disc, one plow…you get the idea. So moving equipment from field to field is just part of the work schedule.

Share the Road | The Farm PaparazziWhen you come up behind equipment, try to leave a few car-lengths between. Some of the implements can block the driver’s view and if you’re farther back, they can see you better. Most drivers will try to get over so you can pass.

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The same goes for folks driving the opposite direction of the tractor. If possible, the equipment operator will get over so you can go by normally. But, please watch carefully. There might be an obstruction on the side of the road that prevents them from getting over. In that case, it would sure be swell of you to slow down and/or pull off until the machinery goes by.

Share the Road | The Farm PaparazziAnd while we’re on the subject, be sure to watch for big trucks on the road. Contrary to popular belief, those trucks can get going pretty fast. It’s the slowing down part that’s tricky. So, don’t pull out in front of straight trucks, semi-trucks and pick-ups hauling trailers. They might not get shut down in time to prevent a wreck.

Share the Road | The Farm PaparazziWe all have jobs to do and things to get done. The more kind, courteous and patient we are with each other, the better for all of us.

God Bless You & American Agriculture,


Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. – 1 Timothy 6:18 (NIV)

Cargo Capacity

30 Apr

In most mini van/SUV commercials I’ve seen, it shows a busy mom packing the back to the brim with soccer gear, groceries, kids and the dog. The spokesperson declares the car to have the best cargo capacity ever seen by all mankind and they drive off into the suburban sunset.

Well, they don’t have nothin’ on this.

Cargo Capacity | The Farm PaparazziOn rainy days, when a farmer can’t get in the fields, he and his farm wife run errands. Between Wheatland, Wyo. and Scotts Bluff/Gering, Neb., we picked up a whole SUV load of irrigation, planting, spraying and garden supplies. And fear not all you suburban soccer moms! After this picture was taken, I also loaded five bags of groceries in the back. The dog stayed in the garage though.

God Bless You & American Agriculture,


Do your planning and prepare your fields before building your house. – Proverbs 24:27

Spring Has Sprung

17 Apr

Spring has sprung, the grass is ris’, I wonder where the flowers is?

Spring Has Sprung | The Farm PaparazziI can still see my Grandpa Jim dancing and wagging his fingers as he recited his ditty each spring. Spring definitely has sprung. You might think it still feels like winter. There WAS snow on the ground just two days ago. But, I’ve got news, folks. That IS spring in Wyoming.

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March 1, 2014. No, seriously.

It’s hard to complain too much. All this snow and rain is quenching our parched land and helping our snow pack (from which we get our irrigation water). We farmers are looking forward to plentiful water this year.

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The Laramie River was a little low last summer.

Even though I’m definitely enjoying the warmer weather, I can’t believe it’s April 17 already. I’ve been a bad blogger and have much to update on. Here’s the rundown:

In January, our nephew Hunter was born. He’s awesome.

Spring Has Sprung | The Farm PaparazziTwo days before that, my wonderful friend’s twins were born. They were a spectacular surprise.

Spring Has Sprung | The Farm PaparazziIn February, Tyler and I took a trip to Arizona. We visited family and friends and took a tour some farm country.

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Safford, Ariz. That’s alfalfa. In February.

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Tyler with my cousins, Paxton & Vance.


Grandpa George & Me

Grandpa George & Me

My in-laws and I also threw a baby shower for my sister-in-law Sunni and baby Hunter. Kristny and Mama Kim came up with this adorable Noah’s ark theme.

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Noah’s Ark Diaper Cake

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“The Lion & The Lamb” Cupcakes

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Mama Kim, Sunni, Hunter, Skye, Kristny & Liz

In March, Tyler turned 30 and we celebrated with a house full. I was so busy hostessing that I didn’t get any good pictures. But, it was a blessed time filled with great friends and loving family.

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Yes, I made Tyler blow out 30 candles.

I also did some quilting this winter/spring. After three years, the wedding quilt/farmer’s wife quilt is DONE! I’ll definitely tell you more about that soon.

Spring Has Sprung | The Farm PaparazziAnd, we got a dog. His name is Clay. We call him Red. It was either take him off Dad’s hands or he’d be dead. I like him. He’s warming up to the idea of me.

Spring Has Sprung | The Farm PaparazziOh yeah. And we’ve also been fitting in some farming.

Spring Has Sprung | The Farm PaparazziWhew! It’s been an awesome few months! Spring has definitely sprung, and the most exciting and important thing about it is celebrating our Risen Savior.

Jesus came to Earth as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. I love this Casting Crowns song, which tells the story of Jesus and his amazing sacrifice. To learn more about developing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, visit

Have a wonderful Easter focusing on what Jesus did for you and me!

God Bless You & American Agriculture,


But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.” – Luke 23:40-43


21 Mar

I’m always encouraging my ag friends to advocate for their industry. I try to practice what I preach, but am not always great about it. However, I did-done good this week when I shared my ag background and some ag facts with my PEO Sisters.

My program was entitled, “If It Weren’t for Agriculture, I Wouldn’t Have Any Culture At All!” I’m hysterical, I know. Here ’tis…

My maternal grandparents raised cattle and horses for more than 40 years. Both sets of their parents farmed and ranched, coming from generations of farmers and ranchers before them.

AGvocating | The Farm PaparazziMy paternal grandparents were not involved in agriculture, but my father’s side has farmers dating back to before his three-times great-grandfather.

AGvocating | The Farm PaparazziMy dad fell in love with agriculture and studied ag business in college. He and my mother have been involved in some aspect of farming and ranching their whole married life.

AGvocating | The Farm PaparazziThe Lauck’s have farmed since before coming to America. They were German-Russians from the Volga River region. Tyler’s great-grandpa, grandpa and Dad all farmed and his dad currently custom feeds cattle.

AGvocating | The Farm PaparazziThat brings us to Tyler and I, who work together, farming 1,200 acres here in Wheatland. I guess you could say agriculture literally runs in my blood.

That’s why I’m so passionate about sharing the story of agriculture! It’s more important than ever because the average American is now at least three generations removed from the farm. That means that some of my friends didn’t even have a great-grandpa who farmed.

LizLauckEntry1Let me tell you a little about agriculture in Platte County, Wyo. There are over 1.3 million acres of land in farms and ranches in our county were we produce more than $97 million worth of products each year – making us the 3rd-highest producing county in Wyoming.

AGvocating | The Farm PaparazziWe’re ranked 3rd in the state for number of cattle and 1st in the state for number of hogs. We’re ranked 3rd in the state for acres of wheat, 2nd for acres of corn for grain, 1st for acres of corn for silage and 4th for acres of sugarbeets.

AGvocating | The Farm PaparazziNationwide, the average farmer feeds 155 people, compared to 19 people in 1940. Farm and ranch families make up less than 2% of the U.S. population and 98% of farms are family owned. Two thirds of all cattle operations have been in the same family for at least two generations.

AGvocating | The Farm PaparazziAmerican agriculture is safe, affordable and abundant. The average US family spends 10% of their income on food. Most developed countries spend 25% and some developing countries spend 75%.

AGvocating | The Farm Paparazzi PaparazziToday’s American farmer, equipped with modern technology, grows more and more food on fewer and fewer acres. This is vital since an acre of ag land is lost every minute to development.

Farmers produce 262% more food with 2% fewer inputs compared to 1950. Biotechnology also saves the equivalent of 521,000 pounds of pesticides each year and helps cut herbicide runoff by nearly 70%. Today it takes less than half as much land to produce our meat, dairy and poultry supply compared to 45 years ago.

AGvocating | The Farm PaparazziFarmers and ranchers are also looking to the future. Experts say the world population will hit 10 billion people by 2050 and most of the increase will happen in poor and developing countries. That’s a lot of hungry mouths. Biotechnology and precision farming techniques help to increase yields on the same, or fewer number of acres. For example, biotechnology has been shown to multiply crop production by seven to tenfold in some developing countries.

AGvocating | The Farm PaparazziAnother quick topic I want to touch on is nutrition. I’m an ardent supporter of the beef industry and red meat often gets a bad rap – unfairly so. In about 150 calories of lean beef, 8% of your daily value (DV), you get 48% of your DV of protein, 44% of vitamin B12, 40% of selenium, 36% of zinc and between 10-25% of niacin, Vitamin B6, choline, iron and riboflavin. These nutrients are important for brain function, nervous system development, immune system maintenance and energy, among other things.

AGvocating | The Farm PaparazziThere’s a lot of varying information out there about the difference between organic, natural and conventional foods. The bottom line is that studies have shown no difference in nutritional value between any of these foods. If you’re eating a healthy, balanced diet, you’re free to choose which foods you want with confidence. They were grown by farmers and ranchers who care about their consumers and feed the same foods to their own families.

AGvocating | The Farm PaparazziThe End.

God Bless You & American Agriculture,


P.S. I put this presentation together in about an hour. It doesn’t take a lot to advocate for your industry, just the right resources. Here are some that I used:

Answering Questions & Concerns About American Agriculture

 About The Beef Industry & How Cattle Are Raised

 Busting Common Myths & Misunderstandings About The Beef Industry

 Answering Questions About Genetically Modified Organisms

 Building Trust & Confidence In Today’s Food System

 The Truth About the Humane Society of the United States

 Fun Facts About American Agriculture

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