Olympian Katie Uhlaender: Why I’m Thankful4Ag

Friday, December 19, 2014
#Thankful4Ag blogger guest

By: Katie Uhlaender
Agriculture is something that I am very passionate about.  I think it is a way our nation can come together, continue to grow, and develop.  Our Founding Fathers had some words of wisdom on agriculture:


"Agriculture . . . is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals and happiness." - Thomas Jefferson


As an Olympian, ag has two contributions to my life.  The first is as Thomas Jefferson says, agriculture promotes work ethic, a sense of community, and happiness through pride in doing something good.  The second is that without the wonderful food provided by farmers, I wouldn't be able to perform as well as I have as an athlete.  It's even more important now as I heal from surgery.  I will be taking my competitive season off due to a surgery I had on my ankle, but am blessed to be able to take this time to heal and be with The Frisbies on their farm in Kansas learning as much as I can about ag.  They mostly teach me about raising beef cattle, which is my main passion in ag.  


Katie UhlaenderThere is so much that ties in to agriculture, that is it important to stay up on current events, NasDaq, and the most importantly, nutrition. Dave Frisbie takes great care in paying attention to how his cattle are treated and what they eat.  To the same extent that I care for my body as an Olympian.  I think his cows eat healthier than he does, which I'm trying to influence, but it's really difficult to change an old cowboy's habits!


As an athlete, I have an extra appreciation for where my food comes from. Even more now that I've been on the other side helping to raise healthy beef cattle. I do my best to get my food as close to out of the ground or picked from the tree as possible, and my protein sources are beef, chicken, fish, or occasionally pork.


I think George Washington said it best, "I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares." Agriculture is the foundation of this country, and it is something that will help it continue to be strong.  Especially if we continue to seek each other as a community and continue to learn and grow as a community.  


A great way the ag community is helping others this holiday season is through the #thankful4Ag campaign.  Go to thankful4ag.com, create a holiday meal and Bayer CropScience will donate meals to Feeding America—up to 200,000.  There’s some information and fun ag facts on the food you choose in creating your meal.


Happy Holidays and continue to Feed America!


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