Agvocacy 2.0 Encourages Farmers to Get Techie at 2012 Event

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Heidi H. Nelson, Harvest PR
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Agvocacy 2.0 Encourages Farmers to Get Techie at 2012 Event
AgChat Foundation’s annual social media training set for August in Kansas City

March 28, 2012 – In its third year, the AgChat Foundation’s Agvocacy 2.0 event is poised to be its most dynamic social media training opportunity yet. The conference will be held August 23‑24 in Kansas City, Missouri, where farmers and ranchers from across the nation will convene to learn how to better support agriculture and engage with non-farm consumers.

Agvocacy 2.0 is hosted by the AgChat Foundation, a primarily volunteer organization that aims to empower farmers and ranchers to “agvocate” by connecting consumers with accurate information about farming and food production using social media.

“Agvocacy 2.0 is all about giving farmers and ranchers tools they need to share their stories and the story of agriculture with consumers through tools like Facebook, Twitter and blogs,” says AgChat Foundation Executive Director Emily Zweber. “Only 2 percent of people in the United States are farmers, meaning 98 percent of our population is not actively involved in food production. This leaves a huge gap between the farm and the dinner plate. Farmers have the ability to fill this gap by sharing information about their farm and production methods.”

The two-day event will explore how to effectively share agriculture’s message through:

  • Twitter Community Building
  • Facebook Profiles, Pages and Groups
  • High-Impact Video
  • Blog Basics and Beyond
  • Real-World Case Studies

For farmers interested in participating, applications will be available online in May at The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Kansas City.

AgChat will celebrate the third anniversary of #AgChat weekly conversations and the second anniversary of the AgChat Foundation the week of April 2‑8.

About AgChat Foundation, Inc.
A group of farmers created the AgChat Foundation after connecting through the now highly visible “#AgChat” community on Twitter, a weekly moderated chat where agriculturists discuss various issues, tell their farm stories and identify ways to connect with people outside of agriculture. The Foundation strives to educate and equip “agvocates” with the skill set needed to engage on Twitter, Facebook, blogs, YouTube, LinkedIn and other social media services, giving them the knowledge to unlock new tools to effectively tell their story. For more information, visit

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March 27th, 2012 – AgChat on Agriculture Markets

AgChat on Agriculture MarketsAgriculture Markets How are commodities and markets important to agriculture? What are some of the information sources to use? What are some of the issues in the markets today? This AgChat conversation, with the help of guest of Farm Futures Arlan Suderman (@ArlanFF101), looks into these questions.
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Photo Contest Winner Announced!

Thank you to everyone who entered our Facebook Cover Photo Contest. We had many great photos submitted.

Congratulations to Judi Graff for having the top pick and winning $100.00. Her photo titled “Posts Smell Tweet” earned the honor of being AgChat Foundation’s first ever cover photo! Go check it out on our Facebook page now.

Posts Smell Tweet-by Judi Graff

Take a look at the other entries here:

Thank you again to all our participants!

March 20th, 2012 – FoodChat on on Eating Out with Chefs, Farmers & Foodies

Eating Out with Chefs, Farmers & FoodiesEating Out with Chefs, Farmers & Foodies What is your favorite restaurant and why? Do you look at food labels while eating out? As a restauranteur, do you connect with local farmers for food sources? This #FoodChat discusses eating out, being foodies, and what that connection means to consumers and farmers.
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What Are Tags and Categories?

By: John Blue, AgChat Foundation Board Member

What are categories or tags? For blogs, categories and tags are single words or simple phrases that are used to describe the type of blog post (news, sports, opinion), what a post is about (tractors, precision farming, corps), or possibly to highlight a theme of a post (spring planting, bad weather).

Why use categories and tags? Tags and categories can help your friends find related posts on your web site. They can also help you organize your blog posts for consistent navigation or pull your blog posts together into information portfolios (or information silos).

To keep this post simple, I will focus on WordPress (version 3.x and sites) and WordPress’s use of categories and tags. Ready? [Read more…]