• The Roads Are Closed

    As I was enjoying a cup of coffee and finishing up my mid-term grades the other morning, so I could head out for Region I Conference, I got a text from the conference coordinator that said, “The Roads Are Closed...
    Chad Massar
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  • Do I Have Enough Fuel?

    If you are anything like me, you've been there. You jump in the truck and head out on the road, look down and see that the fuel gauge is just barely showing any gas. You press the button to see just how many more mile...
    Chad Massar
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  • Indianapolis or Bust!!!

    Cowboy Logic: "If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something."   Being from Oregon, I thought this title was a little iconic. One hundred seventy-three years ago, a huge migration sent ...
    Nick Nelson
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  • I Acted and Behold, Service was Joy!

    COWBOY LOGIC:  "Live like someone left the gate open!"     As ag teachers we are called on to serve in many different roles. We call it the ag teachers' wall of hats. One of these hats is for professional developme...
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  • "Busy Would be an Understatement"

    Cowboy Logic: "If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something." I don't know about you, but I have been looking forward to summer break since February. Every spring seems to get busier...
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  • "That One Cow"

    COWBOY LOGIC: "The trouble with doing something right the first time is that no one appreciates how difficult it was!"   I hate her. She calved on a cold Sunday night in the most difficult place. She had troubles a...
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  • "We don't rent pigs"

    Cowboy Logic: "Most folks are 'bout as happy as they've made up their minds to be."        "Well we don't rent pigs, and the man that does, he's hard to stop."      This is one of my favorite lines from the best mov...
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  • Make National FFA Convention Memories!

    Cowboy Logic: "Don't go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail."   As the National FFA Convention approaches I am reminded of all the memories I have gained from the experience....
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  • The Only Thing That Doesn't Change is Change Itself!

    Cowboy Logic: "Don't expect the scenery to change any if you're sittin' on the fence."   In my teaching career, I have lived in two awesome agriculture communities. The first community I taught in (Hermiston), is a co...
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  • The 80/20 Rule

    Cowboy Logic: "The trouble with opportunity is that it often comes disguised as hard work."   I don't remember my parents being as busy as I have found myself being in the spring.  Over the past two months, I feel I ...
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  • The Humble Profession

    Cowboy Logic: "If you do not step forward, you will always be in the same place."   A few years ago I was at a livestock sale.  I have always loved the atmosphere, the smells, the food, and the company of a sale barn...
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  • The Short Days of Winter

    Cowboy Logic: "Anyone who says marriage is a 50/50 proposition knows nothing about men, women or fractions."   This time of year is often the busiest for myself and my family.  Cows are calving, everything needs fee...
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  • NAAE--Nashville, TN

    Cowboy Logic: "Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand."   Getting back into the swing of things is tough!  The thing that I enjoy about summer is that you can kind of set your own schedule -- consequently, the t...
    Nick Nelson
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  • WANTED:  NAAE Leaders! (AKA Passion for Ag Education)

    Cowboy Logic: "You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar -- assuming you want to catch flies."     I have seen many changes in my home state's ag teacher dynamics in the last 12 years.  I have seen our state mo...
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  • How to get the Most out of Conferences

    Cowboy Logic: "Nothing is impossible with the right attitude and a hammer." I have had the opportunity to go to many conferences in a relatively short period of time, being an ag teacher.  I am a second generation a...
    Nick Nelson
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  • The Advocacy Challenge

    Cowboy Logic: "Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance."   Advocacy is often shied away from by Agriculture Teachers. It is often seen as politics, and we have all been disgruntled at one time or ano...
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  • Region 1 New Faces

    In my very first blog to anything, I thought I would introduce Chad and I as the new Region 1 Officers and give you some background on what makes us tick!   Chad Massar from Montana was elected as the Region 1 Secre...
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  • NAAE CONVENTION- FIND YOUR PLACE! A MONTH IN, ARE YOU STILL ENERGIZED? 

    NAAE CONVENTION- FIND YOUR PLACE! A MONTH IN, ARE YOU STILL ENERGIZED?   It is difficult to find your place sometimes, but believe it or not we all have one common place, the NAAE. We are encouraged as professionals...
    Erica Whitmore
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  • Leadership Are You In?  It Is For YOU!!!

    "Leaders are made, they are not born.  They are made by hard effort which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile." -Vince Lombardi     I hope everyone has had an enjoyable summer...
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  • "Oh, The Places You'll Go!"

    "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" Dr. Seuss, as silly as he may seem, has a message: No matter how old or young, we can always learn or become inspired. A senior of mine this year did her senior project on creating a detai...
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