Please join us tonight, Tues., Dec. 4th, 8-10pmET, for a special edition of our weekly #AgChat conversation on Twitter! Alongside our partners USA Today, AgCareers.com, AgLocal, Bayer CropScience, Case IH, Hagie Manufactoring, I Love Farmers~They Feed My Soul, Jeff Fowle, Meyer Hatchery, Mike Haley, National FFA, Ray Prock, STIHL Incorporated and USFRA we will be hosting a unique opportunity for farmers, ranchers and customers to converse on the subject of agriculture-food, feed, fuel & fiber.
New to #AgChat or Twitter?
#AgChat is a weekly moderated conversation on Twitter which discusses the raising of food, feed, fuel and fiber. It’s a virtual venue for participants on Twitter to share viewpoints and ideas about the issues impacting agriculture, such as sustainability, water, communications, agronomy, animal welfare, USDA programs, mainstream media coverage and public perceptions of farming. The goal is to create an ongoing, open dialogue among the various players interested in agriculture. To participate please find some how-to’s below:
How do I get started?
If you do not already have a Twitter account, you will need to visit Twitter.com and complete their sign-up process. We recommend completing the profile including a photo or image.
How do these chats work?
#AgChat is part of Twitter, a free social networking and microblogging service which enables users to send and read short messages know as “tweets.” Tweets are 140-character posts sent by each Twitter user to the author’s subscribers, or followers.
How do I follow the conversation?
Next, go to http://www.twubs.com/agchat and use that site to tweet during the chat. It will automatically enter the hashtag #AgChat, please also include the hashtag #AgInAmerica in your Tweets.
- Introduce yourself, your connection to the food system (ie customer, ag producer, educator, etc…), even if you come in late or intend to just “watch” the conversation.
- Follow the account @AgChat – the conversation will be facilitated from this account
- Use the #AgChat & #AgInAmerica hashtags
- Watch for questions to be posed from @AgChat (the moderator will typically announce that each question is closing and the next question is on its way)
- Use the question number (i.e. Q1, Q2, Q3…) in advance of your response so that the people trying to follow the conversation later can identify what you’re responding to.
- Feel free to use multiple tweets to answer a question – For instance if your question will be answered with two tweets include 1 of 2 for the first tweet, 2 of 2 for the second tweet.
We hope to ‘see’ you there!