Faces of Agriculture: Kelly Brophey

Kelly Brophey is a junior at the University of Arkansas studying Animal Science.  She is an accomplished equestrian, involved student, a member of the I love farmers, they feed my soul movement and agriculture advocate. Kelly sat down and answered a few of my questions about her views on agriculture.

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Kelly Brophey and her horse, Riddick, above, often compete in eventing. Eventing tests a horse and rider’s skills across three different events including cross-country, show jumping and dressage.

How are you involved in agriculture?

I’m currently an Animal Science/Equine Science major at the University of Arkansas. I’m involved in an advocacy program called I Love Farmers and recently was accepted to join a study tour to Ghent, Belgium this summer where we’ll be working with the Institute for Agriculture and Fisheries Research to produce videos, photography and print media to get the word out about agriculture.

In your own words, what is agriculture?

To me, agriculture is anything and everything. Because it literally is. Practically everything you use in everyday life comes from agriculture whether you realize it or not.

Why do you think agriculture is important?

Without agriculture, life as we know it couldn’t be sustained. We wouldn’t have necessities that we take for granted from the clothes we wear to the cars we drive and food we eat.

What is the one thing you want everyone to know about agriculture and farming?

It’s extremely important. Farmers work extremely hard to produce the food and fibers we use every single day.

You’re a member of the movement I love farmers, they feed my soul. Can you explain what that is and what your role is in that movement?

As a young generation, we can do a lot to change the world. We strive to work together to help our generation understand the importance of knowing where our food comes from and who produces it. We care about our country, and we care about the American family farmer. I’m a catalyst for the I Love Farmers. We try to create conversation among our peers about our food, our farmers and our future. We’ve hosted events such as WTF day (Where’s The Food … without the farmer) and National Ag day.