Stories by Bonnie Ayers

Dairy farmers, tell your story

Thursday, December 6, 2012

We have a story to tell in our role as dairy farmers. There are countless opportunities to share it with others. It may not always be the setting we like or feel comfortable with, but our lives have dimensions that exceed those who work in the concrete jungles of a city, far removed from farm […]

No matter if we win or lose, life’s contests can teach us a lot

Thursday, October 18, 2012

It should come as no surprise, but I enjoy the thrill of competition and being competitive. No matter what the score, I will continue to root for my favorite team and never give up or in to the thought of losing. In fact, that term does not fit in my vocabulary. Kellogg cereals says it […]

Hunger Games provokes food musings

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Recently, my agriculture pursuits allowed me a venture into pop culture, as I made time to read The Hunger Games. Now the movie has been released and it prompted me to compare the author’s theme with the future of agriculture. Synopsis If you are not familiar with the fictional novel, it takes place in a […]

Lessons learned on farms are needed

Thursday, July 12, 2012

From the musical, “Porgy and Bess,” George and Ira Gershwin composed the memorable song that begins with the phrase, “Summertime and the livin is easy.” I mean no disrespect, but summers on the farm are far from easy and 2012 has already given us quite enough of Mother Nature’s wrath. The heat, the storms, the […]

What they don’t tell you at graduation is what will matter most in life

Thursday, May 24, 2012

For nearly four decades, my career path has found roots in the educational system. As a “baby boomer,” I have observed changing attitudes of the generations of students I have taught. With each, I have attempted to discover teaching methods that addressed the “so what” moment with an “aha” response. The graduation season is upon […]

Dairy Excel: Spirit of hope lives in the inspiration of volunteers, faces of farm youth

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Years ago, a little girl by the name of Virginia, posed a rather simplistic question that has lived on far beyond anyone’s expectations. Perhaps you could read it one more time and find the same meaning that I will now speak of. It was not so much that her inquiry of whether Santa existed was […]

The Ayars theory: E = mc2

Thursday, September 1, 2011

With all due respect, move over, Einstein. I have developed my own theory of relativity as it relates to positive youth development. Endurance = Motivation x Challenge squared. At each 4-H dairy event this year, I have observed youth in the learning environment and I am curious as to what methods are used to teach […]

Dairy Excel: Fair season is a great time for talking

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Those of us who embrace agriculture are keenly aware of the ever-widening gap of fact and fiction when it relates to our lifestyle. The fair is not just a “fair” atmosphere, but an excellent one rich with opportunity to showcase our passion for the land and living things.

Success… at the end of a rope halter

Thursday, May 19, 2011

They are barely able to walk and yet they pick up the end of rope halter and make their first debut in the show ring. We can hardly wait to watch them grow up and move closer to the other end of the halter. Yet turn around and they are graduating from eighth grade, high […]

Make keeping up with advances in technology a lifelong endeavor

Thursday, February 10, 2011

It’s no secret that experiences define life. I’ve had my fair share, but I find myself continually challenged by the youth I spend time with. However, they come with strings attached and one of these is their continual pursuit of new technology. Many have never known a day without touching a computer. When our sons […]

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About Bonnie

Bonnie Ayers is a dairy program specialist at Ohio State University, coordinating all state 4-H dairy programs and coaching the OSU collegiate and 4-H dairy judging teams. She and her husband also own and operate a Brown Swiss and Guernsey cattle farm. In 1994, Bonnie was named Woman of the Year at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis.