With soaring commodity prices and spring just around the bend, planting decisions are officially on the front burner. Profits are at stake as crop farmers decide which crop(s) they will “gamble” on this year. A growing group of farmers and ranchers representing a broad swath of agriculture recognize there’s one type of seed they can’t afford not to plant this year: Seeds of Agvocacy.
As graduates of AgChat Foundation’s first Agvocacy 2.0 Training learned last August in Chicago, such seeds – including blogs, Facebook postings, YouTube videos and tweets – help farmers and ranchers tell their farm stories and grow communities that are more connected to agriculture.
Six months following the training, the “Class of 2.0” will reunite. And the conversation holds the possibility to include the broader #agchat community with the Twitter conversation focused on planning social media seeds to plant for a successful 2011 growing season.
There will be a couple of activities for the Agvocacy 2.0 graduates that we will share in the form of “event coverage” on this blog, including a listing of special conference awards, such as “most popular” and “ruler of the twitterverse.” It should be a fun way to celebrate the accomplishments of others in our communities but of course, all of us are winners for getting our farm stories out!
Note to ACFC10 Graduates: you are encouraged to blog, tweet and post about your Agvocacy 2.0 experiences and spread the Reunion news! You can also post links to any posts on the topic here to share them easily with others.