about jp

Thanks for stopping by and wondering enough about this site to check out the page about me. My name is Janice Person but thanks to my using JPlovesCOTTON on some social media channels, a lot of folks call me jp these days. It is the shorthand I use to sign things with and I’m the one who chose to use initials on social media so I’m good with the abbreviated ID. My blog is about my passions and I love celebrating people who rock.

overlooking Jerusalem from Mount of OlivesMy Passions

When folks ask me to introduce myself, I usually think of my passions — photography, travel and agriculture. Putting all those things together its understandable that differences in culture are intriguing to me…. I can spend a lot of time soaking up things. It’s almost always a colorful adventure!

Photography

My first “real” job that gave me a regular paycheck was a way to get my first SLR (a Pentax 1000). I carried that camera everywhere shooting things that were everyday objects or new sights. Today I can have several cameras on me at once — shooting with my Canon DSLRs, a Canon point and shoot, and more. My mobile phone has long been my camera too! I post photos a lot of weeks in the Wordless Wednesday category and routinely post on Instagram as @JPlovesCOTTON. I share those photos through a widget in the side bar (down and to the right) and once a week or so, I post them here on the blog. Monthly I’m trying to put together videos…. I’m already looking forward to the year end and seeing the year blow past in a video. I should mention virtually every photo on the site was taken by me too…. I love pictures!

Travel

Yellowstone road tripI got the travel bug early in life…. probably from the first trip I remember making with my family. Camping in the Smoky Mountains, a trip to DisneyWorld and visiting Miami! Trips like that open one’s eyes and I’ve been looking for ways to get that feeling again & again ever since! I’ve been to a lot of countries overseas that makes people wonder how I picked them…. first time out of the US was to the Soviet Union, since then I’ve been to Japan, Turkey, Italy, Malaysia, India, China, England, Israel, The Philippines, The Netherlands and Belgium. I’ve also done some great roadtrips in the US doing an Oregon-Central California drive and from St. Louis to Montana on another! I post on this to the travel category and have a page for some of my big trips. :)

Cotton harvest is reason for self-portraits! Agriculture

I’m a city girl. Born and raised. From generations of city folks. Interesting since I now have such a passion for agriculture. I’m really lucky in that I didn’t need to let go of any of my passions for the city! But I added farming while doing an internship with a family friend during college. He gave me a chance to meet my first cotton farmer and I realized I wanted to work with folks I really liked being around! Cotton communications became the major thrust of my career & the crop a major passion. I’ve written a lot of blog posts about cotton and have quite a few linked through my cotton 101 series.

When I began getting active in social media though, it opened up the possibility of daily conversations with farmers of all sorts and I’ve been able to visit a bunch of them! Usually when I visit, I take time to share something here. Some that come to mind are Chris who showed me around my first hog farm, the Wagners who let me work cattle, my brother who runs his organic coopcotton farmer Jay Hardwick in Louisiana, the almond trees Brent tends, or dairy farmers Dino Giacomazzi, Ray Prock and Annie Link who have shown me their farms.

My Background & This Blog

the sibs & me in Memphis history (I'm the only redhead)I’ve lived in a variety of places — grew up in Memphis, went to college in Enid, Oklahoma before returning to Memphis for grad school. Once I was able to get a reasonable paycheck, I took a job in suburban New York (White Plains if you know the area) for four years before making a really dramatic shift and moving to the Mississippi Delta.  I had a chance to live in Memphis again for four years (seriously, that was awesome) before making a move to St. Louis in 2011.

I found blogging by accident and yet, it was seemingly always meant to be. I just didn’t know what it was at the time.

This is just my blog. Ideas that come to mind. I do this blog because I love sharing stories of the colorful world I get to experience. and the rockin’ people I get to meet. I’ve been lucky enough to find a spot in the world where I work with great people and topics everyday and have for a very long time. That gives me a different perspective sometimes. The information I’m posting here is based on things I generally find interesting to share with family and friends. The opinions here are my own (except on the rare occasions when I post something from a guest). Feel free to agree or disagree. I just want a place to capture some things as they run through my mind and to create a forum to discuss those things. There is more along this line on the “Rules/What Flies Here” page.

My current job is one that lets me pair my enthusiasm for agriculture & communications. And my personal involvement with social media led to my being more involved in social media for Monsanto. But this blog is my personal ideas shaped by travel experiences, people I meet, my camera’s catching something and a couple of decades of working in agriculture. I usually write a few posts over the weekend to share during the coming week. For work things. you can occasionally catch me writing for the Monsanto blog Beyond the Rows as well as quite a few other communications efforts there.

If you would like to know about the way I view and approach social media, you may want to list to the podcast interview Truffle Media’s John Blue did or listen to my presentation from 140conf small town. If you’d like to get in touch, there are lots of ways to do that on the contact page.

Your Role Here, Should You Accept It

If you have interests in the kinds of things I write about, I hope you’ll come to the blog often and that you will share your thoughts through commenting. I’ve learned so much from other people contributing their ideas and providing their experience. That makes the blog so much richer than if only I talk. You can help me know what to write next.  I’d love to know if you have questions about cotton or farming in general. Or maybe you are into travel and thinking about going somewhere I’ve been, what do you need to know? And if you have something cotton in your world that stands out, I’d love a cotton guest post on it (examples from other readers)! As you read something… is there something I missed?

35 Responses to about jp

  1. Cheryl Stubbendieck/NeFarmBureau December 28, 2009 at 9:21 am #

    JP, for some reason Twitter will not let me DM you. May I link my website and facebook page to your blog article about hogs_r_us and iamafarmer2? It’s a great testament to the good care farmers give their animals. Thanks!

  2. annabanana February 15, 2010 at 8:44 pm #

    Great blog! I’m looking forward to seeing the photos you’ve taken during your vacation in the Phil.

    ‘was really nice meeting you and i hope you enjoyed your stay.

  3. Andrew Donnell June 17, 2010 at 8:39 am #

    Thank-you so much for your blog. We farmers need to tell our story of how we produce our food.

    Andrew Donnell

    • Janice June 17, 2010 at 4:30 pm #

      You are welcome! I didn’t know about the Donnell Century Farm. Looks like you guys are pretty close by! May have to bring a niece up for a visit!

  4. shana September 11, 2010 at 10:23 am #

    great comments today-

    hope to hang out with you again soon!
    I’m going to BH next weekend with my mom

    hope you are well

    • Janice September 11, 2010 at 11:52 am #

      Thanks girl for stopping by the blog and saying hello! I really would love to get together. Have a great time and we will talk to you via social media in the meantime. Love ya!

  5. Judith September 12, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    Love your blog!
    and YES I farmville (is that a verb?) and I have a garden!!

    I just wish I could garden all the time and had more land to plow than 6 ft by 20 ft!!!

    And my friend and I get all excited when we travel to millington and see a tractor and some crops on the way!!! :D
    LOVE Farmers!!

  6. wordsbybob October 6, 2010 at 8:37 am #

    Thanks for the fun ag-related mascots. You have some that I have not heard of.
    I have focused on high school mascots. How about the Fordson, MI Tractors or close to are the Beetdiggers.

    See my blog post at http://tinyurl.com/dl89k8

  7. Carla January 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    Hi JP! Thanks so much for commenting and adding me to your blog roll! I appreciate it. I’m glad to read your blog, too! – Carla

  8. Christopher F. Barden March 28, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    Greetings,

    My organization, Worldwide Farmers Exchange, was established over fifty years ago to help rebuild Japan’s agriculture then. We are still here to help today. Our method of assistance is building skills and confidence in young agriculturalists by providing them with internships and training programs.

    Last year people from forty different countries took advantage of our program. We offer paid internships and training programs with successful American agricultural businesses across the United States. Interns come for 12 months, receive free housing, medical insurance, individual support and a minimum stipend of $900 per month. The program is, in essence, free for the trainee and we receive zero tax dollars from the US government.

    We can help displaced Japanese farmers with hosts here in the US and we are always looking for new host farms hers in the US.

    Please let me know how I can help with efforts to help Japan’s affected people.

    Chris Barden
    VP/ARO
    WFE

    • JPlovesCOTTON March 29, 2011 at 10:28 am #

      Thanks for stopping by Chris and for your willingness to assist on rebuilding other farms & farmers. I have been collecting a number of these kinds of things through media reports etc and will be putting another post together on some of the projects I have heard about. Will definitely put your group on the list.

  9. Andrea Olson (@OlsonAH82) August 19, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, Janice! I look forward to reading more of your posts.
    Andrea, mypathiswideopen.com

  10. shana September 12, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    I just jumped on the blog train!! whoo hoo!!!
    shana land…check me out!!

  11. Shelli @ Road to Ranching September 28, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

    Fun to check out your blog! Like finding more people passionate about agriculture!

    • JPlovesCOTTON September 28, 2011 at 11:55 pm #

      I agree! Lots of fun finding people with similar interests miles away.

  12. David Kinchen January 16, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    Janice: I was Googling for top cotton producing states and wasn’t surprised to find my adopted (since July 2008) state of Texas was at the top of the heap. Living in coastal Texas, Calhoun County, Port Lavaca city, I see cotton fields everywhere. I too am interested in photography, both film and digital, and traveling on less than 4 wheels (my current toy is a Ural sidecar rig, from Russia with love and 3 previous owners. Monsanto! We have a Monsanto plant in Point Comfort, across Lavaca Bay from Port Lavaca. We’re called the “chemical coast” because of the large number of plants here, Dow, Alcoa, Monsanto, etc. I’m a semi-retired newspaperman, having worked on such giants as the Los Angeles Times, The Milwaukee Sentinel and the Beckley West Virginia Register-Herald. My current home is in Huntington WV, http://www.huntingtonnews.net…drop me a line. Check out my WordPress blog, linked to Facebook
    DAVE KINCHEN

    • Janice Person January 16, 2013 at 10:45 am #

      Thanks for stopping by and taking time to leave a comment. Sounds like we have a few things in common! Will check out the blog.

  13. Coral April 7, 2013 at 12:19 am #

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, Beyond Life’s Challenges, and saying “Hi!” Loving your photography, by the way. :) I better get to catching up with a couple…B&C tonight/tomorrow. Want to try to get through E before Monday! Thanks again! Coral

    • Janice Person April 7, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

      Thanks for the return visit! Have a great time writing!

  14. Julee K July 16, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    Janice I received an award called “Wonderful Team Member Readership Award” and was asked to list 14 readers whom I appreciate. You are on my list. I give short anecdotes about each person I list so you might want to see what I wrote about you :)

    Here is the link:

    http://sleuth4health.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/wonderful-team-member-readership-award/

    I am nominating you and 13 others – should you choose to go forward with it.

    • Janice Person July 21, 2013 at 9:38 am #

      Thanks so much Julee! That’s a nice bit of recognition.

  15. vtgrandview August 1, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

    Hmmmmm….maybe it is time to visit a sheep farm…..

    • Janice Person August 4, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

      I love sheep! Have seen a few but must admit I don’t know much about them… well other than I like wool and lamb meat both. :)

      • vtgrandview August 5, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

        I would love to introduce you to the wonderful world of sheep and shepherding. :)

        • Janice Person August 6, 2013 at 10:18 am #

          Hmmm…. I miss the northeast in autumn! May have to figure that out sometime!

  16. Joyce August 17, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    Something made me wonder where you were from. I was born and raised in St. Louis but have lived in Memphis since 1986.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

  17. Peter Muzyka November 13, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    Hello Janice. I started an art project about the family small farm and the changes in the rural landscape around the USA in 2011. I have other artists and photographers as well as a video (in constant improvement and flux) as well as a book entitled “Abandoned Rural America”. I like your photo of a sunset on a cotton farm and would love to use something like it as an end to a song in the video entitled “Miracle Seed” by Thomas Elliott. Tom is a friend to ARA and to the Bostwick Georgia cotton growers. You can visit our site at http://www.abandonedruralamerica.com. Maybe you would like to assist with some input in the video? or something else. You can also email me.

  18. I was glad to find your blog as I’m pecking around looking for good examples of how to do it. I’m starting a blog related to the old barns shows I produce that are on PBS across the country. Anyone can check it out at http://www.americanbarnstories.net Thanks for what you do — keep on!

  19. Amber Fox Rugan December 10, 2013 at 11:54 pm #

    Merry Christmas–just stopping from Christmas in the country! but I already was a fan!

  20. Sammy D. March 2, 2014 at 9:23 am #

    Greetings – such a lovely, enticing variety of ideas and photos on your blog. I’m taking a Sunday stroll to see which blogs I want to follow in April A to Z challenge. I’ve added my e-addy in your follow so I can keep track of you ;-)

    Sammy D at http://www.bemuzin.com

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