June 25th, 2013 – AgChat on Farmers Ranchers Health Care plus Fruits and Veggies

Location of Critical Access HospitalsEat Your Veggies, Stay Healthy Health care for farmers and ranchers is complicated because of the distances. For those that have chronic conditions or have kids, this distance can contribute to stress. How do farmers and ranchers work through the distance and time? Also, this AgChat conversation highlights fruits and vegetables: favorites and recommendations.
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#TeamAgChat Fundraiser: June 24-28, 2013

This week AgChat Foundation is launching our 2nd annual individual giving campaign, and I hope you join me with a financial contribution to support our organization.  We need everyone to help make a difference, and it’s as simple as the click of a button.cowcomputer

Why is donating to Agchat Foundation a good investment?   I could talk about our weekly Twitter chats, and the opportunity to connect with so many people there.  I could talk about the way our national training conferences have inspired hundreds to share their passion for agriculture with a wider audience.  Or the growing number of regional and segment-specific programs we have, or new efforts like our Foodchat Facebook page.

However, what I’m going to share a bit here is my personal story.  The story of a farm kid (me just for clarity!) who has known nothing other than growing up on a farm, been here all my life, worked in town doing computer stuff for a few years and then came back to the farm when I got married.  I make no secret of the fact my personality type is pretty much a complete introvert, and I first became involved in online agvocacy because of my interest in data, and the various numbers we could look at in this effort.

From there, something clicked, and it has been quite a journey!  I’ve had the opportunity to get to know agriculture folks from across the nation.  I’ve observed the passion with which so many desire to share the modern agriculture miracle with a public which is farm removed and increasingly distrustful of today’s farmer.  And, I’m incredibly proud to be so involved in an organization dedicated to empowering farmers and ranchers to connect communities through social media platforms.

This year, one of the leading social media speakers in the country, Jay Baer, will be speaking at our national conference.  Anyone donating at $75 or higher will receive a copy of his latest book, “Youtility.”  For just a dollar a day ($365) your donation will sponsor an individual to our national training conference.  All of the details can be found here.

I hope that you can join me today with a donation to AgChat Foundation.  And, thank you to everyone that supports our mission, we could not do it without you!

Darin Grimm, AgChat Foundation President

June 18th, 2013 – FoodChat on Summer Food

FoodChat on Summer FoodSummer Time FoodChat Summer time is when there are a wide range of food choices. Farmers markets, food trucks, and your very own garden offer new ways to sample and taste. This FoodChat conversation shares some thoughts on the variety and breadth summer time offers.
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The State of Health and Wellness – #140conf NOW

In the coming days, individuals will be convening upon New York City for the State of Now – #140 Conference. The conference will parade speakers from across the globe on various topics involving health, wellness and food. AgChat Foundation board member, Marie Bowers, will be exploring the use of forums such as ACF’s #FoodChat conversations on Twitter and Facebook as places to gather information and peace of mind.

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Joining Bowers will be numerous speakers including agvocates Carrie Mess (aka Dairy Carrie), Debbie Lyons-Blythe and Janice Person. Additionally, there will be presentations given by physicians, surgeons, morning show personalities, writers, nutritionists, yoga instructors, just to name a few. All of whom will bring different perspectives to the dinner table concerning health, wellness and food.

The conference runs June 18-19th and still has available spaces. Use the code FriendofJeff for a discounted price of $199. For additional information visit the jam packed schedule.

 

June 11th, 2013 – AgChat on Open Mic Topics

AgChat on Open Mic TopicsWhat Are Your Questions For Ag? Agriculture has many different approaches. This AgChat conversation looks into various farm, ranch, and food points of view with this special Open Mic Night.
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