Celebrating National Agriculture Week 2015

National Agriculture Week is a tribute to the hard working folks who bring food, fuel and fiber to our everyday lives. All three elements are essential to the survival of human kind. That is something to celebrate! Wondering how you can celebrate? Here are just a few events or efforts you can find:

  • #FoodChat – moderated by Michele Payn-Knoper, ACF will be hosting our monthly #FoodChat conversation on Twitter celebrating National Agriculture Week, National Nutrition Month and St. Patrick’s day. Join the conversation Tues., March 17th, 8-10pmET.
  • Pay it forward! Become an individual sponsor of the AgChat Foundation! Contributions provided will assist in spreading the word about agriculture advocacy, assist in reducing conference registration fees during 2015 and support farmers and ranchers with resources such as how-to blog posts.
  • #AgProud – Join AgChat Foundation alum, Ryan Goodman as he celebrates National Agriculture Day by encourage you to share why you are Agriculture Proud! Use the hash tag #AgProud and #AgDay2015 on social media networks and connect to those who are using your products.
  • Check out the events around the U.S. which will be celebrating National Agriculture Day on Wed., March 18th

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November 19th, 2013 – FoodChat on FoodThanks

FoodChat on FoodThanksBeing Thankful #FoodThanks is a way to say thanks and share thoughts on how people help others. This FoodChat conversation also looks at what food people are preparing for the holiday and what memories they have about their family and food.
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Farmers and ranchers from around the world are attempting a global, Twitter discussion on the issues and experiences facing them in producing the planet’s food. The chat will mark the celebration of World Food Day which will be held on Wednesday, October 16 and is being organized by a collaboration of European farming Twitter groups- @AgrichatUK, @AgrichatNL (Netherlands) and @EUFoodChat, with the help of @AgChat in the US & Canada, @AgChatOZ (Australia) and @AgchatNZ.

Josien Kapman, a Dutch farmer and founder of @AgrichatNL said: “In a world with fewer people

Join us for the first #AgriChatWorld on Oct. 16, 3pmET!

Join us for the first #AgriChatWorld on Oct. 16, 3pmET!

than ever, producing more food than ever, farmers worldwide have a lot in common. We share between us a large responsibility and World Food Day is a good moment to celebrate that we are proud producers of the world’s food, but also to raise awareness of the issues faced in producing sufficient food sustainably.”

The discussion will pull together farmers from across Europe, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, but the organizers hope food producers and consumers everywhere will take part.

The UK’s main farming Twitter discussion group, @AgrichatUK, will facilitate the live chat by releasing questions for debate between 3-4:00pm ET. To allow for the time difference, the discussion will also run at 8am Australian central time (ACST), facilitated by @AgchatOZ. To take part, tweeters will need to use the hashtags #AgrichatWorld and #WFD2013.

Farmers in each country will be asked to share their experiences and thoughts on the challenges they face, the future of the food system, and to share photos of their farms. The pictures will be collated together by the North American AgChat Foundation, a non-profit group organized to empower a connected community of agvocates, on to a Pinterest board.

Since the US & Canada @AgChat Twitter discussions began 2009, other ‘agchats’ and ‘agrichats’ have sprung up around the world, offering farmers in different countries an online space to meet and debate agricultural issues. The AgChat Foundation now maintains the weekly #AgChat Twitter discussions every Tuesday night, 8-10pm ET, except for the third Tuesday when another discussion called #FoodChat is held.

The UK group, AgrichatUK, has been running since March 2012 and has rapidly grown to over 8,000 followers. It hosts a chat every Thursday night between 8-10pm, which over one hundred farmers and non-farmers debate in. The group has hosted chats in collaboration with Defra, BIS, NFU, Soil Association, Forum for the Future, MPs and government ministers.

For additional information about the event, please contact Jenny at comm@agchat.org.


October 15th, 2013 – FoodChat on Food Immigration

FoodChat on Food ImmigrationWhat is American Food? Food, culture, and heritage combine to make unique foods. This FoodChat conversation looks at food ancestry and how people relate to their food and receipts.
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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.


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.