Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs at FFA Convention

As The Pulse noted a few weeks ago, Mike Rowe (of the hit show Dirty Jobs and MikeRoweWorks.com) headlined the kickoff session of the 2009 National FFA Convention. Mike spoke with the members about challenging the common assumptions about work, agriculture and labor. He asked them to think about what really constitutes a ‘good’ job. Among his more noteable quotations, Mike spoke about challenging the presumptions about environmentalism saying,

“If you scrape the dirt off a farmer or rancher, you find the greenest people around.”


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Mike also sat down with Orion Samuelson after the speech to talk about his impressions of the speech and about his new role (if somewhat unexpected by him) as an advocate and spokesman for animal and production agriculture. Mike has seen agriculture first hand and understands that the nice talk behind groups like HSUS and PETA has no basis in fact.


Mike Allen of Agritalk Radio also spoke with Mike about his speech and his somewhat uneasy status as the new advocate for animal agriculture.


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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Sean Adams on February 23, 2011 at 1:59 pm


    Is there any way that you can give me some information on retrieving a script of Mikes Speech at the 2009 FFA Convention in Indianapolis?

    I am a middle school forensics coach, not science but speaking, and have a student who would love to recite his empassioned speech in competition.

    Thank You, Sean Adams


    • Posted by Shawn Martini on February 25, 2011 at 10:46 am


      I have never seen any of Mike’s speeches in print. I have a sneaky suspicion that he shoots from the hip when he gives his talks.

      I would suggest emailing some of the folks over at http://www.MikeRoweWorks.com

      If his speeches are transcribed, they will have them.

      Thanks for reading The Pulse!


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