Jane Bagley - #AgMoms
We're celebrating the moms in agriculture.
We interviewed 10 #AGMOMS. Each were asked 5 questions. Our goal? To inspire long-time mothers, new mothers, and aspiring mothers who feel overwhelmed, over worked, or moms who just need a little encouragement.
Mom #2: Jane Bagley
"Those little moments when the entire family is working together will be memories your kids will tell you about when they are grown."
As a ranching family, your son Tell has grown up in this lifestyle. How do you think the responsibilities with the horses, cattle and ranch maintenance have developed him as a young person, and how do you think they will mold him as an adult?
He has told me, himself, that the responsibilities he has had have made him more mature than his peers. He also says he is more appreciative of “down time”. He is more confident than many kids. He’s appalled when others don’t know how to change a tire, drive a standard, or fix fence. He’s learned to problem solve on his own and be a critical thinker. He has also learned to enjoy the moment because it could change at any time, and that things may be urgent, but it’s never a disaster that cannot be overcome.I also think he communicates better with adults than many kids his age.Our lifestyle has also allowed us to raise him in a Christian home with lessons learned on a daily basis. His faith is stronger than mine was at his age because of all his experiences with the highs and lows of our industry.
What are some of the ways you have taught Tell about the importance of agriculture and its preservation?
We discuss that topic on a daily basis. It’s not hard because social media and traditional media are full of non-agriculture folks trying to regulate agriculture. He knows that modern agriculture feeds more people than any other time in history with less inputs. I’ve tried to teach him that we need to be good communicators to teach people about the importance of agriculture and not just dismiss them as crackpots or crazies.
What are some of your favorite memories with Tell around the ranch or in the show ring?
We have so many. He’s been going with Scott since he was two years old. Scott would pony his mare when he had trouble steering. Scott asked him how to tell if a yearling needed doctoring and Tell said they had “sad” eyes. Scott started letting him ride pens by himself, then, and tell him which ones they should doctor because that really is something we look for, we just never put it in those words. Tell brought home a paper in first grade with answers to questions the teacher posed that were trying to make the kids emotionally aware. The question was, “I am lonely when….” And the kids filled in the blanks. Tell said, “I am lonely when I am sitting in the gate.” Meaning, when they were riding pens and he had to guard the gate while Dad pulled cattle. I could write a book about our show ring memories and I don’t think you have the space.
What do you think y’all would be doing if you didn’t have agriculture?
Tell has asked us this numerous times over the years and we don’t have a good answer. We would all be very frustrated and fat with high blood pressure. Tell has even said that he wants to do something in Ag but he’s not sure what. We’ve tried to communicate that it is a noble profession.
Can you share some advice for #AgMoms who balance raising kids and their ranch responsibilities?
I would say that you will never be able to balance it all. You will always feel that something is not getting done. But, that’s okay because there will always be work that needs to be done, even with a 48 hr day! You are the best role model for your kids. If they see that you keep a positive attitude when things are going bad, they will do the same. If they see you working hard under the toughest conditions, they will do that too. Take them with you as often as possible. Those little moments when the entire family is working together will be memories your kids will tell you about when they are grown.
Stay tuned for the next 8 #AGMOMS!