Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Farmers' Social Media Benefits

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."

"Step out of your comfort zone & join other #ag advocators using SM. Tell your #ag story."

"Sharing information and ideas is the heart sole of #ag networking. SM helps me accomplishes this in an instant.

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