This presentation by Carie Lewis, Director of Emerging Media, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), offers a great view in to how HSUS is strategic in its use of social media. While you may or may not like the HSUS, they do have a plan and know where they need to go. Everyone in agriculture needs to leverage this HSUS information to help advocate (aka agvocate) their agriculture, farm, and ranch story.
Emily Zweber (@ezweber ) will become the AgChat Foundation's first executive director. The nonprofit AgChat Foundation (ACF) educates and equips farmers with the skills needed to effectively tell their story on Twitter, Facebook, blogs, YouTube, LinkedIn and other social media services.
Zweber, an organic dairy farmer from Elko, Minn., will focus on furthering ACF's mission of connecting farmers to diverse audiences via social media platforms. She also will provide day-to-day management oversight and fundraising support.
"Emily uses social media every day on the family farming operation, so she’s a great choice for this position," says Darin Grimm (@kansfarmer), ACF president. "What began as an all-volunteer outcropping of an agricultural social media movement is growing into a professionally managed organization. Having Emily on board is a real boost."
Open Ag Convo Who do you rely on to help you maintain your sense of humor during #harvest11? Do you think consumers have trouble finding answers to their food questions online? Learn what those in ag are doing to connect and share with consumers.
The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance's Survey of Farmers, Ranchers, and Consumers suggests that 93% of farmers and ranchers believe consumer's perception of US modern farming practices are somewhat or not accurate at all. The survey also notes that consumers are firmly divided on the direction of modern agriculture.
The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance released a consumer, farmer, and rancher survey that says 42% of consumers believe US is heading in wrong direction. Additionally, it states 93% of farmers believe consumer perception of modern farming is somewhat or not accurate. This sets up a disconnect in the US on food production practices and consumer preferences.
Consumers think about food production constantly, yet know very little about how food is brought to the dinner table. Consumers are firmly divided on the direction of modern agriculture.
What is AgVocacy? How can people broaden agvocacy beyond the ag 'choir'? What do you feel are some of the best ways for youth (FFA, 4H) to partake in agvocacy? AgVocacy was the topic of AgChat right on the close of the Agvocacy 2.0 conference in Nashville, TN.
Sowing the Seeds: Monetary Policy and the Ag Economy - Dr. Thomas M. Hoenig, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, guest lecturer for the 37th Annual James C. Snyder Memorial Lecture, Purdue University Agricultural Economics, April 15, 2011, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA.