Last week Michele Payn-Knoper @mpaynknoper and I (independently) asked the question on Twitter of what the benefits are of social media to farmers. Through the responses, here is a summarized list of the benefits as seen by those in agriculture.
- share information and ideas with and learn from other farmers and ranchers and others associated with agriculture.
meet connect, interact and share with more and different people--people you'd probably never connect with otherwise.
provide quick, responsive networks and communities for farm use and important emerging issues.
communicate with niche farmers (for example Angus Breeders), like you.
- build a great network for agriculture's future.
market farm and ranch products
- connect and interact with consumers, creating conversations and relationships with them.
- allow agriculture to share positive information.
- educate people who are not associated with agriculture.
- serve as important voice for agriculture where there wasn't always one before.
- create a way to participate in agriculture conferences without being there.
- widen the scope of local farmers.
Though Twitter these people contributed to the statements of benefits @iamafarmer2 @nel1jack @kansfarmer @gilmerdairy @celestelaurent @kmrivard @HuskerFarm @cruisin88 @swindham @phildawgkey @cornfedfarmer
Advice to Farmers, from @DayAngus
"Hard to believe the average age of IL farmer is 62. I find many are afraid to touch a computer but will run the yield monitor."