July 31st, 2012 – AgChat on Fairs, Festivals, and Fun

AgChat on Fairs, Festivals, and FunRound and Round The fair season brings people out to see the fun and interesting. It also brings those in agriculture with those not in agriculture. How do farmers and ranchers participate in fairs and what happens?
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Which Blogging Service Should I Use?

by John Blue

Which Blogging Service Should I Use?

Picking a Blog Service

“I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. Blogging” Ok, Mr. McGuire, in the Graduate, really didn’t say that to Benjamin but if he had, Benjamin would have been way ahead of the rest of the world in terms of expressing opinions, telling stories, reporting the news, or changing the world.

Blogs are pretty common place now. Most media outlets have a blog (the New York Times has over 50 blogs), many organizations and companies utilize some form of blog platform for their websites, and many blog services are available for free.

At its core, blogging (the verb) is about sharing a story through words, pictures, or video on the Internet. A blog (the noun, a word mashup from web and log) is (sometimes) the digital realization, platform, or service that one uses to share those story elements. And bloggers are all the people who use the services to share their thoughts.
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Viva Las Video Posts!

by Jodi Oleen, Training Committee

There has been a wave of videos in the last few weeks which showcase food and farming, in a fun and untraditional light. If you’ve not seen them yet, I encourage you to choose your favorite singer below and check one out.

There are many reasons these videos have been so successful but most importantly, moving visual images provide us another way to connect. They can unite us, make us laugh, bring us closer to tragedy and bring us out of it.

Videos give us a front row seat to the reality of someone else’s life, popcorn optional.

Using videos on your blog can be highly effective when connecting your farm or ranch those who want to learn more about their food. Yet, many of us hesitate to add this valuable tool to our blogs due to lack of know-how. This blog will serve as a quick and simple guide to insert a video into your WordPress blog. While there are many online tutorials allowing you to customize this process, we hope to show how simple the process can be.

First, open your blog post.

In another window, find the video you would like to insert and copy the URL from your address bar.

After copying the URL, return to your blog post and locate the place where you would like to put your video. Paste the URL into a line by itself.

Make sure the URL is unlinked by pressing the unlinked button in your editing bar. The button looks like similar to a broken chain. 

When the URL is unlinked, the blue URL will turn black.

Be sure the YouTube URL has no characters or spaces before or after it.

Preview your video before posting.

And now you’re famous.

Well, not really.

But we can all pretend, right?

July 24th, 2012 – AgChat on Blogging

AgChat on BloggingBlogging About Ag Blogging about agriculture takes on many forms. Some farmers and ranchers just want to share what’s up on the farm. Others are using blogging as a vehicle to take on a cause or issue. No matter your approach, blogging is an ongoing learning experience. This AgChat on blogging brings out some approaches and tips to blogging.
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July 17th, 2012 – FoodChat on Budget Grilling

FoodChat on Budget GrillingThe Grill’s Lit, What Next? The summer time is when the grills get used, for holidays, family gathering, and sometimes just because you can. What are some ways to grill without breaking the bank and still have a great meal? This FoodChat shares some favorite grilling experiences and offers up ways to try new things.
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