Efforts in ‘Agvocacy’
CSU Bieber parody a hit at Colorado Farm Bureau annual meeting
Students studying agricultural sciences at Colorado State University are tapping Bieber Fever with a winning video spoof that touts farming.
Members of the CSU Collegiate Farm Bureau club, which included Shelby Cochran of Windsor, produced their take on Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” for a first-time Colorado Farm Bureau video contest.
The CSU chapter won first place and $1,000 during the Colorado Farm Bureau annual meeting in Denver on Nov. 17.
Instead of crooning, “If I was your boyfriend, I’d never let you go,” as does the teen heartthrob, the aggie advocates sing:
“If I was your farmer, I’d never let you starve
“I’d feed you all your protein, calcium and carbs
“I could be conventional — anything you want
“If I was your farmer, I’d never let you starve”
The CSU students — flaunting their “swagriculture” — hope their hook enthralls farming fans just as Bieber’s “Boyfriend” grabbed his groupies when it debuted last spring in the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
“If I Was Your Farmer” is part of an emerging trend of agricultural advocacy spearheaded by high-school and college students who want to publicly laud the work of farmers and ranchers who feed the world. Many of these efforts use social media to sing the praises of agriculture.
Some examples of the trend are light-hearted, like the parody music video “I’m Farming and I Grow It,” a take on LMFAO’s “I’m Sexy and I Know It.” The video, produced by the Peterson Farm Bros. of Kansas, went viral this year on Facebook — with nearly 8 million views — and inspired the Colorado Farm Bureau video contest.
The CSU Collegiate Farm Bureau club’s video can be found at www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_jRIqnnPoo&feature=g-all-u.
— Colorado State University news release
On The Shelf
Title: “An Analysis of the H-2A Agricultural Guest Worker Program and Recommendations for Future Policy”
Author: Paulina M. Irigaray
Why you should read it: “The majority of the people who make up the United States’ seasonal agricultural workforce are non-immigrant Mexican citizens. Immigration policies such as the Immigration Reform and Control Act and the H-2A agricultural guest worker program were meant to encourage growers to employ legal labor workforces.
“A study of the laws and practices that eventually resulted in the H-2A program shows how and why the demographics are predominantly Mexican. In addition, such study is revealing as to why the U.S. enacted the H-2A program-including definitional details of the program itself.
“However, does this program really work? This question has radically different answers.
“In theory, the program seems to be well designed; but, in practice, it does not function as intended because of its many shortcomings, loopholes, open-ended issues, and poor enforcement.” — Universal-Publishers
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