This week is an interesting one! I don't normally make a 'to do' list per say because at the end of the day it's just depressing to look over it and see nothing crossed off. I seem to spend all my time putting out other peoples fires while mine burn out of control.
But this week it seemed like a fun idea, only because I knew exactly what I had to accomplish and how bizarre it would look written down!
The beginning of the week had me still dragging from our county fair with the desire to not move fast and sit down often but the list looming in my head kept me trudging forward.
I hate school shopping, of course I hate shopping! Chris has been asking me for weeks to fly some corn fields with the UAV so I knew I needed to get that done! And vaccinations on hogs are timely, this was a priority!
It's not often, or really ever, I get to write 'pack for China' on a to-do list! When I was a kid I never dug a deep hole because I once heard someone say 'you could dig a hole to China if it was deep enough' - no thanks, I was happy right where I was!
Going to China and Vietnam were no where near my bucket list but when a once in lifetime opportunity presents itself especially to learn more about agriculture, well China here I come!
I'm not gonna lie, I'm not the checkoff's biggest fan! Every 5 years when the referendum comes up for vote, you will probably find me at the beginning of the line. So an opportunity to see how those funds are being utilized seemed like a learning experience I couldn't pass up!
In all honestly I also don't know much about how checkoff funds work other than it is funds taken out of our checks. I know that with soybean half go to National and half stay in the state, I know that it seems like a small share: half of one percent of the price received per bushel of soybeans.
I know what you are thinking "half of a percent? Come on Jent" but add it up, on any farm its a fair amount of money! Especially when the program isn't fully understood by those paying in - but then I figure maybe that's my fault and this is an excellent opportunity to learn more!
So half way around the world I will go - scared and excited all at the same time! Well as soon as I finish my 'to do' list!