DairyCast update for Aug 10, 2009, The Day Twitter Said #Moo

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Update for August 10, 2009


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From American Farm Bureau FBlog, The Day Twitter Said #Moo:"For roughly 8 hours Sunday, August 3, afternoon, #moo was trending on Twitter, a popular micro-blogging website. For the non-tweeting among us, that means that the phrase "#moo" was repeated so often in people's Twitter posts that the system took notice. The term itself was intended as a show of support for America's dairy farm families while they try to survive this current cycle of prolonged and painfully low milk prices."

These efforts to utilize new media and social media are being done to help engage the general public and consumer on topics like milk prices falling, food safety improvements, and where food comes from. California dairyman Ray Prock (@RayLinDairy) believes tools like Twitter and Facebook are the tools to engage today's food consuming public.

Read more about how Ray Prock, Ohio grain/cattle farmer Mike Haley (@FarmerHaley), and Will Gilmer (@GilmerDairy) worked to increase general farm/ag awareness for a day .

How are you sharing your story of agriculture? I would enjoy hearing your comments, send me a note.

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    Perhaps a sign of relief; at least something producers did not have to worry about during these turbulent times… It made sense… When you considered the high unemployment rates prevalent for several months and the number of displaced workers willing to do just about any type of job, most producers had a lot more job applications to choose from and fewer jobs to fill as employees 'stayed put' waiting for the recession storm to go by." Read more.
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