Where ‘agvocates’ go to get social

Buckeye Farm News

As documented in the March 25 Buckeye Farm News article “Farmers sway companies to end HSUS sponsorship,” members of the agriculture community are using social media as a rapid and influential way to connect and share information with both those within and outside of traditional agricultural circles.

Want to connect with others with a purpose on behalf of agriculture? Check out these social media hotspots and hangouts where you’ll always find agvocates ready to speak out for agriculture.

#AgChat: Weekly Twitter conversation for folks involved in agriculture on Tuesdays from 8-10 p.m. — www.twitter.com/agchat. Continue conversation on the #AgChat Facebook Page. FAQs available at http://tinyurl.com/agchatFAQs. More info at www.agchat.org

Advocates for Agriculture: The blog of Troy Hadrick, the South Dakota rancher famous for his YellowFail YouTube video that started an online movement to inform YellowTail Wine about its misinformed donation to the Humane Society of the United States. http://www.advocatesforag.blogspot.com/

County Farm Bureau Facebook Pages: Many county Farm Bureaus have started their own Facebook Pages to connect with members locally. Visit www.facebook.com/OhioFarmBureau and click on the “Boxes” tab to look for your county page in the “Favorite Pages” section.

Farm2u: “A place to connect with farmers & ranchers, and ask questions about why we do what we do to grow and raise food for you.” www.facebook.com/farm2u and www.twitter.com/farm2u

FollowFarmer Database: Find nearly 800 Agricultural Twitter users at http://bit.ly/FFarmer. Be added to the list by sending a tweet starting with “@followfarmer” and telling where you’re from and what you do while asking to be added.

HumaneWatch: A blog dedicated solely to posting daily facts, insights links and information regarding the activities of the Humane Society of the United States. http://humanewatch.org/

Michele Payn-Knoper’s Ag and Social Media Page: The founder of AgChat has compiled an extensive and complete list of resources on everything social media for those involved in agriculture on her blog at http://causematters.wordpress.com/ag-social-media/

Search: While logged into your Twitter account, search for tweets containing “#agchat,” “#farm,” “#ag” and “#agvocate” to find the most active and best ag Twitter users to follow.

By staying connected to these pages, blogs, accounts and groups, you’ll be clued into what is currently happening in agriculture, and things you can do to make a difference through social media.

Learn more about Ohio Farm Bureau social media at http://tinyurl.com/OFBFsocialmedia

Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.

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