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March 12, 2014

Approaches to growing crops vary. How are no till and cover crops helping improve farming?

AgChat on No Till and Cover CropsWhat are No Till and Cover Crops? With #AgChat guest from Indiana’s Conservation Cropping Systems INitiative, this conversation shared how cover crops work and described what no till does for crops.

March 12, 2014

Water is becoming more of an issue and farmers are feeling the effects now. What are some approaches and conversations to solving issues and / or conserving water?

AgChat on Water, Water, WaterFeeling High and Dry? In many parts of the US, water is taken for granted. But there are concerns about the future "easy access" to water. In the last few years the concerns about water for agriculture have gained national prominence, mainly through the news about fires and lack of hay for cattle. This AgChat conversation shares some thoughts on what farmers and ranchers are doing to take on the challenges the lack of water brings.

March 7, 2014

Farms can be dangerous. Planning and practice are needed to keep people from being hurt.

AgChat on Grain Bin SafetyAre Your Grain Bins Safe? Farms are fun places to be but they have their hazards. Farm equipment, grain bins, and sharp equipment can hurt, even kill people. Being safe is something that requires planning and practice. This AgChat conversion on grain bin safety during Grain Bin Safety Week (#GBSW14 ) looks into what farmers and ranchers are doing to keep people safe at all times.

March 6, 2014

What do farmers and ranchers want to see at conferences & trade shows?

Ag Conventions, Trade Shows, and ConferencesHow Are You Utilizing Conferences? Being able to get away from the farm or ranch to learn new ideas or hear a great speaker is a must. How do farmers and ranchers decide which conferences to attend? What do they want to see/hear? And what is the swage they want most? This AgChat conversation on Twitter shares some of their thoughts.

February 19, 2014

Drones are bad, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) are good.. What does this mean for agriculture and will regulations catch up with ag technology uses?

AgChat on Drones, UAVs, and ToysWhat is the value of UAVs in Agriculture? UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) are the rage in many industries. In agriculture it is a tool that can help scout fields and assess crops. But the regulations are murky. What are farmers and ranchers allowed to do and when will the US catch up to what other countries are allowing their citizens to do? This AgChat on Drones, UAVs, and Toys highlights some of the thoughts.

January 7, 2014

Corn and soybeans are not the only grains produced. What are some of the varieties of grain and what are farmers/ranchers doing with them?

AgChat on Alternative Grains and Grain OilsVariety of Grains What are the variety of grains that farmers and ranchers grow beyond corn and soybean? This AgChat conversation looks at what is beyond the transitional view of crops being grown.

December 11, 2013

Food is shaped by tradition, families, and history. What are your family recipes and stories.

FoodChat on Food ImmigrationWhat is American Food? Food, culture, and heritage combine to make unique foods. This FoodChat conversation looks at food ancestry and how people relate to their food and receipts.

December 8, 2013

Corn mazes and pumpkin patches connect people to farms via entertainment. What does this mean for farmers and ranchers?

AgChat on AgritourismStay For The Fun, Learn About the Farm Farms as designations are a away for consumers to connect with what agriculture is about. There is an entertainment bent but it also represents an opportunity for farms and ranchers to be in front of people with their story. This AgChat conversation looks at how farming and tourism merge.

December 2, 2013

Is the development of ethanol worth the cost? What are some of the beliefs around bio-fuels and what effects on food are there?

AgChat on EthanolEthanol: Good, Bad, or Ugly? The reputation of ethanol production in the USA varies on your belief in bio-fules, subsidies, or oil economics. This AgChat conversation looks at Ethanol from several angles and generates some insight on what people in and out of agriculture believe.

November 12, 2013

When is it important to have two jobs when farmer? Are there a set of skills needed to handle this?

AgChat on Day Jobs vs Farm JobsIs there a need for two jobs when farming? Farming for some families means taking on more than one job. How are people handling multiple jobs and seasonal flux? This AgChat conversation looks at what farmers and ranchers are doing and what skills are needed.

November 5, 2013

What is the impact of regulation and legislation on farmers and ranchers? How is the US Farm Bill evolving?

AgChat on the USA Farm BillFarm Bill Goes To Washington? The USA Farm Bill is a complex piece of legislation. It contains funding for many things in and out of agriculture. But the focus the general public hears the most about are subsides and farmers receiving funds that might appear as a handout. This AgChat conversation asks questions about the legislation plus looks at other government regulation.

October 29, 2013

How is the term 'Big Ag' being used to convey an image or message? What are 'Family Farms' doing to change their image?

AgChat on Family Farm vs Big AgCan Big Ag also be Family Farm? Media use of the term Big Ag is generally used to set a tone of big is bad and must be stopped. Family farms are viewed as homey, warm, and very American. What is the difference between family farms and big ag? How can the two views be correct and yet different?

October 1, 2013

What does Animal Welfare mean for consumers? How can farmers and ranchers connect with the issues? Is there a right and a wrong?

AgChat on Animal WelfareAnimal Welfare People conversing about how agriculture animals are treated have strong opinions. There are those that demand no one eat any animals and there are those who still want their bacon. What is the conversation that needs to occur to help all involved understand the issues and put in place solutions to meet market demands for meat?

September 24, 2013

What happens during the harvest and what are some of the issues farmers and ranchers work through?

AgChat on Harvest 2013Getting The Crops To You The food on your plate has to start somewhere. Harvesting is one of those starting points. Throughout the year farms and ranches finishing there season by getting crops collected and sending them to distributors, processors, and mills. What is involved in harvesting? What do people need to do to get crops in? This AgChat conversation highlights some of the actions during the harvest season.

September 10, 2013

Are your farms prepared? Do you have a plan when safety becomes an issue?

Farm SafetyFarm Safety, Farm Readiness Farms use heavy equipment, large buildings, and moving parts. The weather can shift and people sometimes are not alert. Farm safety must be on every farmer's and rancher's mind. Being prepared is a must.

August 27, 2013

What are farmers doing when visitors want to take pictures?

Farm and Ranch Media SharingAre You Posting Farm/Ranch Videos? This AgChat conversation she's insight on what farmers do and believe about pictures. Is there risk to posting images? And what should I to insure visitors are respectful?

August 13, 2013

What questions do you have? This open topic AgChat conversation aims to help answer what ever is on your mind.

Open Topic NightOpen Topic Night Have questions, Got Answers. This AgChat open topic night offered thoughts on farmers' favorite super heros to favorite childhood memory from growing up on a farm.

August 6, 2013

Farmers do many things through out the day. Some of them may not appear to be related to farming. What are their thoughts and actions?

Farmers Day to DayWhat Do They Do? What are some of the day to day things farmers and ranchers think about and have to do? This AgChat conversation looks at some of the concerns farmers have plus raises some of the interesting decisions farm families have to make from time to time.

July 30, 2013

Where do the next wave of farmers come from? How do we connect with them?

Youth In AgricultureFinding Talent In Youth Farmers and Ranchers in are getting older and the next generation will have a different view on agriculture than their predecessors. How do young people learn about agriculture and discover an interest and possibly a career? This AgChat conversation asks about how to connect with young people.

June 18, 2013

Summer time has lots of food options. What do you do?

FoodChat on Summer FoodSummer Time FoodChat Summer time is when there are a wide range of food choices. Farmers markets, food trucks, and your very own garden offer new ways to sample and taste. This FoodChat conversation shares some thoughts on the variety and breadth summer time offers.

June 11, 2013

Have questions about agriculture? This recent AgChat convo was an open mic night with a variety of questions and topics.

AgChat on Open Mic TopicsWhat Are Your Questions For Ag? Agriculture has many different approaches. This AgChat conversation looks into various farm, ranch, and food points of view with this special Open Mic Night.

May 7, 2013

What questions fo you have for farmers and ranchers? These are some starter ones!

AgChat on Farm and Ranch SmorgasbordSmorgasbord of Questions #AgChat this week looked a range of questions from policy issues to social media. Dive in!

April 23, 2013

Agvocacy 2.0 - The Best Ever! August 22 – 23, 2013 at the Embassy Suites in Charlotte, North Carolina.

April 11, 2013

Using the power of media and a bit of sex appeal, the Farm Kings with The King Family of Freedom Farms share their views and join the #AgChat conversation on Transparency in Agriculture.

Agriculture TransparencyFarm King Transparency Special guests Farm Kings (@FarmKings) join the #AgChat conversation about transparency in agriculture and how they approach their show on GAC. How should farmers and ranchers approach telling their story? How can one handle the trolls? And what actually is involved in making a TV show?