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There are always going to be views about food and agriculture consumers think is right but is factually wrong. What are people in agriculture doing about this?
Animal Agriculture Alliance

Getting our Story Heard: Working with Media - Jay Byrne, CEO, V-Fluence.

Reaching Out: Enlisting Allies - Mia Roberts, Vice President Strategic Operations, American Egg Board; Lou Nave, Executive Director, Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee; Jeff Kayser, Director of Production, Suidae Health and Production Swine Veterinary Clinic

Communicating About Food Myths with Consumers in the Social Media Age - Yvette D'Entremont, "The Sci Babe".

Yvette D'Entremont, "The Sci Babe", aims to help people really understand food and what information sources are more helpful than others. Ms. D'Entremont uses current issues like antibiotics in agriculture and food labeling to highlight how information is created and shared out. Key message for food producers: Know the facts, be connected and social, and don't afraid to be funny.

NOTE: This presentation is available upon request by sending an email to info@AnimalAgAlliance.org

Consumer Outreach: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - Andrew Campbell, Founder, Fresh Air Media and dairy farmer, Bellson Farms.

Learn how one farmer decided to tackle the continuous marketing hype ("all natural", "sustainable", "gluten-free", etc) through a personal journey to share his farm everyday on social media.

Ms. Janet Riley, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Member Services at North American Meat Institute, provides thoughts on media coverage and conversations and how reporting can be skewed against agriculture.

Janet suggests that reporting by main stream media has been constrained by funding cutbacks over the last 20 years and experienced reporters with a deep understanding of agriculture are no longer around.

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David Wescott, Wescott Strategic Communications LLC, talks about getting to know you customer a little bit better. Through a project called "Radical Transparency", one dozen on line moms, who were not in agriculture, were invited to visit farms and participate in the nitty gritty of pork production.

Mr. Wescott shares how the project developed and what happened over the course of the Farm to Pork visits.


What happens when you bring farmers and ranchers together to learn about using social media in agriculture?
2014 Cultivate & Connect, Austin, TX
Photo: Chris Paton