After nearly 10 years on the road in agribusiness, Jeff VanderWerff is back home on his family’s farm near Sparta, Michigan and doing what he loves to do most- raising corn, wheat, soybeans, apples, and peaches with his wife Alyssa, brother, father, and uncle. Always on the cutting edge of farm technology, Jeff first started telling his story with a 2009 feature in Farm and Ranch Living. “In some cases, I think other farmers sometimes are in greater need of information about what we do than the public. Social media is a great tool to accomplish this.”
Marie Bowers-Oregon, Farmer, Vice-President
Marie Bowers is a 5th generation grass seed farmer in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, farming land that has been in her family for over a hundred years. Prior to returning to the family farm she graduated from Washington State University with degrees in Agriculture and Agriculture Economics and Management then spent 3 years in the Farm Credit System. When she discovered #Agchat on twitter it opened many doors and connections. It fueled her passion for telling her story via social media and encouraging others to do the same!
Zach Hunnicutt is a fifth-generation family farmer from Aurora, Nebraska, who farms with his dad, brother, and cousin raising irrigated corn, popcorn and soybeans. Zach received a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing an MBA from Nebraska. Their farm has always been on the cutting edge of ag technology, and being able to connect with farmers and consumers from around the world through social media is a great extension of that focus.
Ryan Weeks – Nebraska, Farmer, Secretary
Ryan Weeks is from the heart of South Central Nebraska. He and his wife Kristi operate Weeks Family Farms which raises Yellow Commercial Corn, White food grade corn, Popcorn, Soybeans, Alfalfa and Prairie Hay. Ryan is very involved at both the local and national levels as a voice for agriculture. His Social Media involvement in agvocacy began in 2009 with a promotion by the Nebraska Corn Board called “Follow a Farmer on Twitter”. That involvement led him to attending the first AgChat Conference in Chicago, IL. Since that time he has been involved in a support role with AgChat by serving on the Training Committee and working with logistics for the conferences. Ryan sees the role of our organization as fostering a community to communicate, educate, foster ideas, and share the story of our farms to preserve our right to do what we do for generations to come. He currently has a social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Linked In, Pinterest, and Instagram.
Tim Zweber – Minnesota, Farmer