“Who’s hiding the humor?” That’s what Jolene Brown, farmer, author and champion for the people of agriculture, will ask Commodity Classic attendees when she appears on the show’s AG CONNECT Main Stage.

The 2016 Commodity Classic will take place March 3-5 in New Orleans, Louisiana. AEM joins the commodity membership organizations representing soybeans, corn, wheat and sorghum as a presenting sponsor for the 2016 event.

Organized by Successful Farming magazine and sponsored by Wyffels Hybrids, Brown will share fun-filled, real-life stories and valuable take-home information that have the power to increase productivity, profitability and peace of mind.

Her two presentations at the show include, “Stop Fighting on the Way to the Funeral Home”™ on March 3 from 1-2 p.m., and “Who’s Hiding the Humor?”™ on March 5 from 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Laugh and Celebrate, Brown Says

Laughter and celebration are good for body and soul, says Brown.

“Humor also opens the ‘opportunities’ part of our brains,” she said. “And those of us in agriculture need lots of choices right now!”

Brown says there are three things you can do to develop a better sense of humor:

First, learn to accept the things you cannot control or change.

“Just knowing there are things you cannot control or change lets you take them off your list,” she said.

Second, look for humor every day.

When she does something stupid or silly or the kids say something funny, Brown writes it down in an old spiral notebook she keeps in a drawer in the kitchen.

“Because when the going gets tough – and it will get tough – that’s when we have to reap the benefits of a sense of humor,” she said. “That’s when I go back and read my notebook, celebrate and put things into perspective.”

Watch Out for CAVE Men

Finally, be careful who you hang around with.

Brown says a group of CAVE men (Citizens Against Virtually Everything) gathers each morning at the local coffee shop and competes to see who had the worse day.

What she’d like to see them do is get together once a month and talk about three things:

  • Something good that has happened since the last time they’ve met
  • A problem they are working on and would like some help with
  • A dream, a goal or a vision for the future

“It doesn’t say that we’re not in tough times,” Brown said. “But it puts you in the framework of what you can control, that you don’t have to walk this journey alone, and that it can be a journey you can enjoy.”