Win a FREE registration to Cultivate and Connect

There are just some gosh darn nice people in this world! Recently you may have seen that we had an anonymous donor donate two free registrations Apply to win a FREE registration to the 2014 Cultivate & Connect conference!! AgChat Foundation’s Cultivate and Connect Conference in August in Austin, TX. Well, Richard over at Pro-Ag was the recipient of one free registration. He was grateful to have won, but wanted to pay-it-forward by donating his award. He wants to see the registration used toward a farmer or rancher who really needs the financial help to attend the conference.


If you are a farmer or rancher who is interested in attending the AgChat Foundation’s Cultivate and Connect Conference in Austin, TX, August 21-22, 2014, and not currently registered, you now have an opportunity to win a FREE registration!

Here is how it works:

You have 48 hours to answer this essay question in 140 characters or less:

How do you define being an online advocate for agriculture. 

Click here to submit your answer.

Contest Eligibility

  • Must be a farmer or rancher
  • Must not be currently registered for the 2014 AgChat Foundation Cultivate and Connect Conference.
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Contest begins at 5pm Wednesday, July 16th, central daylight time.
  • Must submit your answer to the essay question by 5pm Friday, July 18 central daylight time
  • Essay answers must be submitted using this link
  • NO PURCHASE necessary to win.

This contest is sponsored by AgChat Foundation, Inc, PO Box 196, Elko, MN 55020.

*By entering you allow Pro-Ag to contact you about their current programs and opportunities for farmers and ranchers.

Free 2014 Cultivate & Connect Registrations Announced

AgChat Foundation is excited to announce that a generous anonymous donor has agreed to awarding two AgChat Foundation Cultivate and Connect 2014 registrants a free registration. See below for official rules which contain entry information. To register for the 2014 Cultivate and Connect conference visit

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Official Rules:

AgChat Foundation Cultivate and Connect 2014 Registration Contest.

  • No purchase necessary.
  • To Enter:
    • To enter register for the AgChat Foundation Cultivate and Connect Conference 2014 by June 18, 2014. Your registration will be an automatic entry.
    • To enter without purchase, send a stamped addressed postcard with your name, address, phone number and email to: AgChat Foundation, Attn: ACFC14 Contest, PO Box 196, Elko, MN 55020. Entries must be received by June 18th. AgChat Foundation is not responsible for entries that do not contain the correct information or necessary postage.
    • Only one entry per person will be accepted.
    • Purchasing a registration does not increase your chances of winning.
  • Contest Sponsor:
    • This contest is sponsored by AgChat Foundation, Inc. PO Box 196, Elko, MN 55020
  • Number of prizes:
    • The contest prizes will be two full registrations to the AgChat Foundation Cultivate and Connect Conference 2014. The value of each registration is up to $475. There are no cash rewards for the difference between the actual price and value of top prize. There will be no cash rewards for winners who choose not to attend the AgChat Foundation Cultivate and Connect Conference 2014. Prizes are non-transferable. The odds of winning this contest are based on the number registered participants and non-registered contest entries.
  • Geographic area of the sweepstakes and/or who is eligible to participate in the sweepstakes.
    • All legal residence of the United States of America and Canada are eligible to enter. Contest participants must be 18 years or older.
  • Opening date and scheduled termination date of the sweepstakes.
    • The contest will open on June 7, 2014 and close at midnight Central Daylight Time on June 18, 2014. Winners will be drawn on June 20, 2014 and notified. Winners must acknowledge their prize by July 1, 2014.
  • Whether all prizes offered will be awarded, and how the prizes will be awarded.
    • All prizes will be awarded. If either or both of the first winners do not acknowledge their prize by July 1, 2014, new winners will be selected.
  • Manner of selection of winners, and when a determination of winners will be made.
    • Winners will be selected and announced on June 20, 2014.
  • Where and when a list of winners can be obtained.
    • A list of the winners can be found on the AgChat Foundation website,, starting Jun 23, 2014.

Good luck to all participants!

Dr. Raines Scholarship Inspires Young Meat Scientists

The agriculture community tragically lost a leader in social media and meat science earlier this year. Dr. Chris Raines had the unique ability to see both sides of an issue and the skill to bring opposing sides to the conversation table. Dr. Raines, or Chris as we all knew him, always had a characteristic way of providing much needed perspective on emotional issues.

To continue his legacy, an anonymous donor is sponsoring one AgChat 2.0 Training Conference Attendee with a $500 scholarship to cover their registration and travel. The selection committee reviewed all applications and chose the winner based on the applicant’s ability to embody all that Chris stood for.

This year’s winner is David Hayden. Here David tells us a little about himself.

Tell us about yourself

I’m originally from KY and was raised on a commercial cow/calf and poultry operation. Agriculture has been a

David Hayden, 2012 Chris Raines Scholarship recipient

number one priority for my family since I was a small child.  Growing up, I was actively involved in 4-H and FFA. As I grew older, so did my passion for the industry.  I attended Murray State University where I majored in animal science. After attending MSU, I moved to Oklahoma to start my masters at Oklahoma State in meat science. I now work for Wolf-Tec inc. as an Applications Specialist assisting customers with the implementation of meat marination and portioning equipment. My job with Wolf-Tec exposes me to all realms of the meat industry both nationally and internationally.

How did you become involved in the meat science industry?

As an undergrad I participated in an exchange program where I was able to attend OSU for a semester.  This is where the door to meat science was opened to me. I knew at that point the meat industry was where I wanted/needed to be. With my background in live animal production I felt a meat science degree was imperative to understanding the industry as a whole.

How do you use social media to connect with agriculture’s customers?

I try to connect through Facebook, Twitter and blogging. I’ll admit I don’t have the time to dedicate as I would like but these realms of social media have allowed me to connect with customers, producers and processors from across the country. I have a blog called Farming America where I discuss food and agriculture related issues that arise in the media and are of concern to the industries producers and customers. My Farming America Facebook page has also allowed me to share my blog and other industry related articles which engage conversation among producers and consumers alike. Twitter has also been a great avenue for sharing information as it arises.  I tweet under the handle @davidhayden7 sharing information that surrounds our industry with a few occasional tweets through the eyes of a “Meat Geek”.

How did Dr. Raines inspire you?

I was fortunate enough to meet Dr. Raines about 3 years ago at the Reciprocal Meats Conference (RMC) in Lubbock, TX.  Because he was a fellow OSU meat science Alum, I was finally able to put a face to the name “Chris Raines” that many of my fellow grad students and professors talk so highly about. While at the RMC, I was able to discuss the realm of social media with Chris. He was my number one inspiration for starting my blog and Twitter presence. From that day on we continued communication through social media and he continues to be an inspiration every time I start and publish a blog.