who we are

Mission

Empower farmers and ranchers to connect communities through social media platforms.

 

Who we are

The AgChat Foundation is a community powered by 99% volunteers. With a collaborative mission of connecting consumers to their food, our volunteers work together to educate farmers and ranchers so they may effectively share their stories. In addition to our board of directors, below you will find the faces behind the committees which are the driving force behind the organization.

We are currently in need of volunteers who can assist by moderating #AgChat/#FoodChat conversations and blogging contributors. Please visit our moderator request form if you are interested in moderating a chat.

Marketing Committee:

  • Brooke Haney, Digital and Brand Strategist
  • Leah Brakke, Black Hills Gold
  • Amy Wathen, Pink Tractor
  • Jodi Oleen, Kansas Pork
  • Alec Winmill, Botlink
  • Jeff VanderWerth, Farmer

Finance/Sponsorship Committee:

  • Marie Bowers Stagg, Chairperson
  • Ryan Weeks
  • Michele Payn

Training Committee:

  • Krista Stauffer, Dairy Farmer, thefarmerswifee.com, Chairperson
  • Michele Payn-Knoper, Cause Matters
  • Dr. Kathy Swift, Veterinarian
  • Katie Pinke, KatPinke Consulting, ThePinkPost.com
  • David Butler, Alltech
  • Lauren Neale, Tennessee Beef Industry Council & Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association
  • Brooke Haney, Charleston|Orwig, RuralGoneUrban.com
  • John Blue, Truffle Media
  • Jan Hoadley, Farmer, SlowMoneyFarm
  • Ryan Weeks, Farmer, Weeks Family Farms
  • Brian Scott, Farmer, TheFarmersLife.com
  • Jodi Oleen, Kansas Pork Association
  • Elizabeth Burns-Thompson, Iowa Corn

2016 Cultivate & Connect Global Conference Committee:

  • Krista Stauffer, Dairy Farmer, thefarmerswifee.com, Chairperson
  • Michele Payn, Cause Matters
  • Dr. Kathy Swift, Veterinarian
  • Katie Pinke, ThePinkePost.com
  • David Butler, Alltech
  • Lauren Neale, Tennessee Beef Industry Council & Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association
  • Brooke Haney, RuralGoneUrban.com
  • John Blue, Truffle Media
  • Jan Hoadley, Farmer, SlowMoneyFarm
  • Ryan Weeks, Farmer, Weeks Family Farms
  • Brian Scott, Farmer, TheFarmersLife.com
  • Jodi Oleen, Kansas Pork Association
  • Elizabeth Burns-Thompson, Iowa Corn

Western Regional Agvocacy Conference Committee:

  • Marie Bowers Stagg, Farmer, Bashaw Land & Seed, OregonGreen.com, Chairperson
  • KayDee Gilkey, Farmer, AgInfo.net
  • Krista Stauffer, Dairy Farmer, thefarmerswifee.com
  • Anjanette Shadley, Western Canal Water District
  • Erik Wilson, My Job Depends On Ag
  • Steve Malanca, My Job Depends On Ag

AgChat/FoodChat Committee:

  • Brooke Haney, RuralGoneUrban.com, Co-Chairperson
  • Joe O’Connell, Editor Steak Perfection, Co-Chairperson
  • Brian Scott, Farmer, TheFarmersLife.com
  • Jan Hoadley, Farmer, SlowMoneyFarm
  • Michele Payn, Cause Matters Corp.
  • John Blue, Truffle Media
  • Marie Bowers Stagg, Farmer, Bashaw Land & Seed, OregonGreen.com

AgChat/FoodChat Conversation Moderators:

  • Brian Scott, Farmer, TheFarmersLife.com
  • Joe O’Connell, Editor of Steak Perfection
  • Jan Hoadley, Farmer, SlowMoneyFarm
  • Michele Payn, Cause Matters Corp.
  • John Blue, Truffle Media
  • Jenny Schweigert, TheMagicFarmHouse.com
  • Lara Durben, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association
  • Meg Kelly, Swine technician at Hord Livestock Company
  • Melissa Woolpert, Vermont University
  • Dr. Kathy Swift, Veterinarian
  • Hannah Neuenschwander
  • Michele Walfred
  • Belva Parr
  • Meg Kelly
  • Emily Meredith

Why Agvocacy?

The AgChat℠ Foundation is designed to help those who produce food, fuel, fiber and feed tell agriculture’s story from their point of view. The Foundation will educate and equip farmers and ranchers with the skill set needed to effectively engage on Twitter, Facebook, blogs, YouTube, Linkedin and other social media services. It will give them knowledge to unlock new tools to effectively tell their story. Research shows that social media is a growing opportunity for farmers to have a stronger voice in educating people about the business of growing food, fuel, feed and fiber.

The Foundation is built from the highly visible “#AgChat” community on Twitter. This weekly moderated chat has served as an international meeting place where the people of agriculture can discuss difficult issues, tell their farm stories and identify ways to connect with people outside of agriculture. More than 2,000 people from seven countries have participated in #AgChat since it started in April 2009. And that’s only the beginning.

Farmers are leading a grassroots effort to develop the AgChat℠ Foundation. The organization is designed to connect agriculture in communities beyond Twitter.

These documents will help you learn more about the AgChat Foundation:

For the twitter conversations hosted on Tuesday nights at 8 pm Eastern, see the #AgChat & #FoodChat FAQs.