Agvocacy 2.0 Sessions

Come to Kansas City for Agvocacy 2.0Agvocacy 2.0 Deadline is 11:59pm ET June 4th, 2012!

The third-annual Agvocacy 2.0 application for the 2012 social media training conference is now available. The deadline to apply is 11:59pm ET June 4th, 2012.

The two-day event will explore how farmers can effectively share agriculture’s message using social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, blogs and mobile applications.

The Agvocacy 2.0 conference will be held August 23 – 24, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

Here is a list of some of the sessions:
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May 29th, 2012 – AgChat on Cover Crops

AgChat on Cover CropsWhat Are Cover Crops? When is the best time to till in cover crops? Which is best time for cover crops, spring or fall? Incorporating cover crops can help manage soil fertility, soil quality, water, and weeds. But it does require planning and buying into a philosophy that takes into account how sustainable agriculture works. This AgChat provides some information on cover crop approaches.

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May 22th, 2012 – AgChat on Crop Insurance

Crop InsuranceCrop Insurance Crop insurance is way to help protect the business of raising crops from selected disasters. But what does it take to get crop insurance and what will it cover? This AgChat conversation shares thoughts and information on how to protect the business of farming from disaster.

Extra: Thanks to the many participants who shared resources links, a resource page on crop insurance resource was created.

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The Complexity of Food-Call to Action

By: Darin Grimm, AgChat Foundation President

In-depth discussions of our eating habits has gone mainstream.  No longer can we simply grab a simple meal, a salad, a burger and fries, a bowl of cereal, without our choices being analyzed, praised and criticized.  Often all at the very same time!


food, farms, real food, jamie oliverThe random collision of two events this Saturday, May 19th demonstrates the incredible diversity that exists.  First, we have Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day.  Jamie, a leading celebrity chef, has made it a personal mission to “get people cooking again”.  His effort has gained a lot of traction, there’s additional goals that have been added, but at it’s core, it’s about getting people to cook their own food.  As a farmer, I think that is a wonderful thing!  


The second event this weekend is Ag Pizza Day.  It has been organized by a group of farmers as a way to say “Thank You” to Domino’s Pizza.  Thanking Domino’s for turning to the experts in animal care and behavior, as they evaluate their corporate purchasing strategies.  Everyone loves pizza, and I hope you join the rest of the ag community in having a Domino’s Pizza this weekend.  HSUS, Dominos, farmers, ranchers


At first glance, these two events might seem almost contradictory, yet they really represent all the diversity, the challenges, but yet the potential that is our food system.  There will not be a single method that feeds us affordably into the future.  It will require a diverse food supply, folks who cook at home ranging from frequently to only on rare occasion, folks that would rather pay someone else to prepare most of their meals.  It will require the most modern technology we can develop to coax the maximum production from our animals and soil, and it will require tender, loving hands to care for those same animals and soil in the way only a heart can.  


Yes, we need both, we need the diversity in our food system.  So my encouragement to you, recognizing the diversity that is being celebrated on May 19th, have a Domino’s for lunch, and than treat yourself to a home-cooked dinner of whatever it is you enjoy making/eating the most!

Want to follow the action online?

Food Revolution on Facebook or Twitter using #foodrevolution

Make sure to join the Ag Pizza Day Event on Facebook

May 15th, 2012 – FoodChat on USDA Food and Nutrition Programs

FoodChat on USDA Food and Nutrition ProgramsWhat are the USDA Food And Nutrition Programs? To many, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is just about agriculture. But it offers much more than that. The USDA offers services and support to many families that utilize the output of agriculture: food. In this FoodChat, USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon, Food, Nutrition & Consumer Services, shares more about what is offered.
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