Farmers Fight: New agriculture organization ‘advocating for the industry’
By Sydney Burns—
After being in the works for almost a year, Farmers Fight, a new agriculture organization at Tarleton State University, is off and running.
Farmers Fight is an agriculture advocacy movement on campus and in the community. Justin Hale, Director of Community Outreach, said Farmers Fight is a way for students to take what they learn in the classroom and bring it back to the community and their peers.
“We are undergrad and graduate students advocating for the farmers, ranchers and producers in the agriculture industry. This organization encourages students to use what they learn in the classroom to educate other people about the single most important industry in the world,” said Hale.
Farmers Fight originated at Texas A&M University in College Station. Executive Director Keely Cobler said a group of students from Tarleton were trained on this organization at Texas A&M. Those students who were trained then decided to bring it back to Tarleton and put their own twist on it.
“We have had some challenges, but we have so many great ideas and individuals that want to do great things that we feel we can get a lot accomplished as a new organization,” said Cobler.
Having their first official meeting back in February, Farmers Fight has been in the works for over a year, so the start of it has been long-awaited.
Cobler said, despite the wait, everyone involved is excited to get the ball rolling. “We have plenty of hands and minds to help us out along the way,” said Cobler.
Farmers Fight meetings consist of members discussing “current issues in agriculture, hot topics and how to inform the public,” said Cobbler.
While Farmers Fight is an agriculture-based organization, any faculty member or Tarleton student of any major can get involved and become a member. There are currently 40 members, including the leadership team, but Cobler said she would like to see that number grow.
“Anyone who is interested in learning about agriculture is welcome to come to our meetings. It’s our job to educate anyone and everyone we can come in contact with about agriculture,” said Cobler.
Hale added that “this is a great opportunity for any student to come share their knowledge and experiences with agriculture.”
To become a member, anyone can attend one of their meetings. Farmers Fight meets the second Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the Joe W. Autry Agricultural Building, room 207.
“We encourage people to come check us out and get all their questions answered before committing to becoming a member,” said Cobler.
While Farmers Fight only has one meeting left this semester, they plan on starting up meetings again in the fall as well as hosting some events and putting together committees.
“The biggest event we will have coming up will be our Advocate Conference in the fall semester. We don’t have any finalized dates or times yet, but the conference will consist of guest speakers to educate members on current events, hands on activities and training for our members on how to make the most out of education opportunities in person and on social media,” said Cobler.
To stay up to date with Farmers Fight throughout the semester and for more information, anyone can follow and request to join their Facebook group, Tarleton Farmers Fight.
“This is a great opportunity for any student to come share their knowledge and experiences with agriculture. Any student is welcome to Farmers Fight, and we are excited to see what this next year holds,” said Hale.