Rebecca Crownover and her new children’s book “Texas Farm Girl”
Teaches kids about what farms, farmers and the farming community are really like.
Rebecca Crownover is best known for her first well received, children’s book “My Daddy is in Heaven with Jesus“.
In this new children’s book she tells the story of this Texas farm girl working with her father who teaches her about farming and the story of the challenges they endure and despite the difficulties, how much they love what the do.
This is my audio interview with Rebecca about her book and Rising country star Billy Dawson about his new song “Texas Farm Girl” that he shot on Rebecca’s farm and in their hometown of Sunray, Texas. Yes the video is included….
Rebecca Crownover and Billy Dawson Interview
Rebecca Crownover won our first place in our first author award contest and we got a great interview with her about her first children’s book “My Daddy is in Heaven with Jesus”
In this interview we talk to Rebecca about her new book about life on the farm. Rebecca wants to help teach kids about farm life from a farmer and family perspective. We seem to think that farming is a big corporate conglomerate and that the family farms are dwindling and going out with things like the typewriter, but that is just not the fact.
Fact is, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation www.FB.org, 2.2 million farms dot America’s rural landscape. About 97 percent of U.S. farms are operated by families – individuals, family partnerships or family corporations.
Also 23% of raw U.S. farm products are exported each year and 31% of farming income comes from products exported each year and U.S. farm programs typically cost each American just pennies per meal and account for less than on-half of one percent of the total U.S. Budget.
These facts make American farming a very important part of our national heritage and something we should all know about, respect and teach our kids.
This interview with Rebecca Crownover and Billy Dawson is full of great information and fun. Billy has a great and crazy sense of humor and Rebecca is just as wonderful a person as you could ever want to meet and her books are great for children and adults too.
Thanks to both BillY and Rebecca for making this such a fun interview – JW
A life-long resident of the Texas Panhandle, Rebecca Crownover grew up in Sunray, Texas, a small farming community.
Rebecca is a partner in Lone Star Family Farms which was a finalist in the 2011 Top Producer of the year award, presented by Challenger and cosponsored by Asgrow, Bayer Crop Science and SFP for Top Producer Magazine.
Although, Rebecca handles public relations, website maintenance, technology implementation and support, and oversees human resources for the Farm, she has also learned from her father every aspect of how to run a farm including how to drive a tractor and the day to day maintenance of running a farm.
Lone Star Family Farms grows high-yield crops and premium seed products such as corn, wheat, cotton, seed milo and canola for Monsanto, Pioneer, and others.
Rebecca launched a second career in 2012 as an author publishing her first book, My Daddy Is In Heaven With Jesus, a book that has comforted and touched the lives of many children and adults who have suffered a parent’s loss.
For this work, she recently won the 2013 Henri Award and the Reader’s Choice Award, both in the Children’s Book Category, from the Christian Literary Awards. She won first place in the On Purpose Magazine Author / Book Contest. She is also a finalist in the 2013 USA Best Book Awards Children’s Religious Category, sponsored by USA Book News.
While she continues her work as a partner in Lone Star Family Farms, her second book, Texas Farm Girl, is an educational and adventurous read about Texas farming from an actual farm girl. Learn more at: www.rebeccacrownover.com.
Texas Farm Girl
Rebecca Crownover has written an educational and adventurous farming book for children.
Texas Farm Girl is a book that will entertain, educate, and inspire children and the parents reading it. Written and inspired by an actual Texas Farm Girl that grew up farming with her grandfather, it’s a book and series you will want to be a part of. If you do not know much about what farming is like in the Texas Panhandle and the resources that are used, you will be able to learn something that you didn’t know before.
Her second book, Texas Farm Girl, Mascot Books, is dedicated to the memory of her “PawPaw,” Rex Langley, who taught her about farming at an early age and showed her the importance of hard work. Its publish date is December 2013, just one year after his passing.
Rebecca has stayed close to her roots. Originally from the Texas Panhandle, she is a partner in Lone Star Family Farms in the small farming community of Sunray, TX.
Texas Farm Girl is Crownover’s second children’s book in two years. Her first book, My Daddy Is In Heaven With Jesus, was inspired by an unfortunate tragic accident that took her husband’s life in an ATV accident that left Rebecca and her two-year-old daughter, Acie, searching for answers.
Rebecca began looking for a book that could help young Acie cope with the loss of her father, written at the level of Acie’s understanding. Unable to find any such literature and inspired by both the religious upbringing of her parents and Acie’s heartbreaking questions, Rebecca took pen in hand. The result was a successful first children’s book My Daddy Is In Heaven With Jesus, that has comforted and touched the lives of many children and adults who have suffered a parent’s loss.
In Texas Farm Girl, Rebecca describes a working relationship with her father who she called “PawPaw”, who teaches her about farming in the region of the Texas Panhandle. Despite the challenges of farming, including unpredictable Teas Panhandle weather, Texas Farm Girl and her PawPaw still find the positive in their hard work.
* Selected Pictures By Brilliant Pixel Photography
Dallas, TX… Texas Farm Girl, the second children’s book from award-winning author, Rebecca Crownover, now has a song to go with it by the same name.
Texas Farm Girl, the song, can be purchased on iTunes or Amazon Audio.
Rebecca Crownover is a real Texas farm girl and a partner in Lone Star Family Farms which was a finalist in the 2011 Top Producer of the year award.
Rebecca launched her second book in two years, Texas Farm Girl (Mascot Books) early in December 2013. Texas Farm Girl is a tribute to “PawPaw,” her grandfather, who taught her his profession of farming. Its publication date is just one year after his passing.
Texas Farm Girl, the song, was written by Grammy award winner, Skidd Mills, and iheartradio/Clear Channel ‘Get Discovered’ winner, Billy Dawson (as seen on CBS Sports Network). Rebecca and Billy grew up together in the small farming community of Sunray, TX. They are childhood friends and have now worked together on music and children’s books.
After writing the children’s book Texas Farm Girl, Rebecca called her old friend Billy to see if he could write a song about the book. Rebecca, Billy and Skidd all worked together to put together lyrics and the song turned out so well that they also decided to do a video as well.
In addition to his musical endeavors, Dawson is the author of You Never Know, the first book in a series of children’s books focusing on bullying, racism and other societal issues involving children. He brings his book to life when he speaks at schools about the importance of respect and love in everyday life.
Rising star, Billy Dawson is a multi-talented singer, entertainer, author and writer. He is currently in the studio working with Grammy award winning writer and producer, Skidd Mills, on a new album to be released in 2014.
Songwriting heavyweight Rivers Rutherford, who penned hits such as When I Get Where I’m Going (Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton), Real Good Man (Tim McGraw), These Are My People (Rodney Atkins) is a longtime supporter and mentor for Dawson.
What Rutherford says about Billy
“Billy Dawson is one of the great fresh new faces in Nashville. He sings, he writes, he shreds! He’s also a heck of a guy. Do yourself a favor and check him out!”
Dawson has shared the stage with artists including Lady Antebellum, One Republic, John Hiatt, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Tobie Keith, Skillet, Five For Fighting, Colt Ford, Charlie Louvin and Cross Canadian Ragweed.
He was the winner of the 2010 “Get Discovered” (iHeart Radio/Clear Channel) National Competition and was featured live on the iconic Jerry Lewis MDA telethon in Las Vegas and on the airwaves for over four million viewers. He was included in iTunes/Tunecore Country 2010 album featuring Brantley Gilbert and Colt Ford.
Earlier this year, Dawson was invited to be part of the Pat and Emmitt Smith Celebrity golf tournament as the celebrity country artist along with celebrities Marcus Allen, Eric Dickerson, Alfonso Ribiero, Anthony Anderson, Michael Irvin, Jay Novacek, David Justice, Coach Nick Saban, Trent Richardson amongst others. He is slated to participate again in 2014.
In addition to his musical endeavors, Dawson is the author of You Never Know, the first book in a series of children’s books focusing bullying, racism and other societal issues involving children. He brings his book to life when he speaks at schools about the importance of respect and love in everyday life.
Fast Facts About Agriculture
- 2.2 million farms dot America’s rural landscape. About 97 percent of U.S. farms are operated by families – individuals, family partnerships or family corporations.
- Farm and ranch families comprise just 2 percent of the U.S. population.
- More than 21 million American workers (15 percent of the total U.S. workforce) produce, process and sell the nation’s food and fiber.
- Today’s farmers produce 262 percent more food with 2 percent fewer inputs (labor, seeds, feed, fertilizer, etc.), compared with 1950.
- In 2010, $115 billion worth of American agricultural products were exported around the world. The United States sells more food and fiber to world markets than we import, creating a positive agricultural trade balance.
- One in three U.S. farm acres is planted for export.
- 31 percent of U.S. gross farm income comes directly from exports.
- About 23 percent of raw U.S. farm products are exported each year.
- Farmers and ranchers receive only 16 cents out of every dollar spent on food at home and away from home. The rest goes for costs beyond the farm gate: wages and materials for production, processing, marketing, transportation and distribution. In 1980, farmers and ranchers received 31 cents.
- U.S. farm programs typically cost each American just pennies per meal and account for less than one-half of 1 percent of the total U.S. budget.
- Americans enjoy a food supply that abundant, affordable overall and among the world’s safest, thanks in large part to the efficiency and productivity of America’s farm and ranch families.
Agriculture and the Environment
- Careful stewardship by farmers has spurred a nearly 50 percent decline in erosion of cropland by wind and water since 1982.
- Conservation tillage, a way of farming that reduces erosion (soil loss) on cropland while using less energy, has grown from 17 percent of acreage in 1982 to 63 percent today. At the same time, total land used for crops declined by 15 percent (70 million acres).
- Farmers have enrolled a total of 31 million acres in the Conservation Reserve Program to protect the environment and provide habitat for wildlife. Since its inception in 1985, the program has helped reduce soil erosion by 622 million tons and restored more than 2 million acres of wetlands.
- Farmers, ranchers and other landowners have installed more than 2 million miles of conservation buffers under farm bill initiatives. Buffers improve soil, air and water quality; enhance wildlife habitat; and create scenic landscapes.
- Each year, hundreds of thousands of trees are planted on farmland.
- More than half of America’s farmers intentionally provide habitat for wildlife. Deer, moose, fowl and other species have shown significant population increases for decades.
- Through the farm bill, funding is provided to farmers and ranchers for conservation, for programs that prevent soil erosion, preserve and restore wetlands, clean the air and water, and enhance wildlife.
- Crop rotation, the practice of growing different crops in succession on the same land, is another way farmers take care of the land.
- For contour farming, farmers plant crops across the slope of the land to conserve water and protect soil.
- Alternative energy sources, including wind power and renewable fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel (made from corn, soybeans and other crops) are beneficial to the environment and promote energy security.
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