Truffle Media Update for January 13, 2011, Ag Apps, Let's Get Social, and Blog Ideas

Call for questions: AgChat's topic for January 25, 2011, is on agri-marketing. What questions would you like discussed? The conversation is from 8pm-10pm Eastern time on Twitter, using the hash tag #AgChat. Email questions or direct message @AgChat.

Marketing Posts To Help You

  1. Agriculture Answering the Call of Smartphones - More and more farmers, growers, and producers will pickup a smartphone as they trade in their old phones. How would a grower use a smartphone application, or 'app' as they are called?
  2. PDF: Let's Get Social - MailChimp provides some insight on their Social Pro service to help extend email marketing through social media channels. This white paper by Kate Kiefer Lee shares approaches to connecting with customers beyond email.
  3. Blog Idea Service - Blogging is a writing activity. One of the hardest activities in the running of a blog is maintaining a steady stream of topics and ideas on which to write. Chris Brogan, New Marketing Labs, offers a solution to this conundrum, Blog Topics For You. The $9.97/month service gets you a weekly email update with blog topic ideas and writing advice.

How Are Agricultural Stories Being Told?

  1. Swine Forecast 2011 - The Swine Forecast 2011 webinar, held December 1, 2010, focused on exports and international markets. Key presentations from Dr. Steve Meyer, Brett Stuart, Dr. Roger Campbell and Chris Wall provided an industry view that will help those in the swine industry navigate 2011 - 2012.
  2. Blog: US EPA Label Causes Unnecessary Fear - Dave Loos provides perspective on the EPA's decision to require specific labeling for E-15 blends. "Illinois Corn Growers Association first and foremost believes the label to be unnecessarily alarming and misleading."
  3. Agriculture Opinion - The Farm Gate blog, mainly written by Stu Ellis, provides timely and in-depth information on the business of agriculture.
  4. What Are Farm Subsidies? - Farm subsidies may not be well understood. What exactly are farm subsidies and how are they used? How would you see the farm subsidy program change? AgChat organized a conversation to look at agricultural subsidies.

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Have a Great New Year!

The Truffle Media Networks team