22.2 Blog Post Ideas for Farmers and Ranchers

Whether you call a farm or ranch home or not, every time you turn around something about food, fiber, or fuel grabs the headlines. There’s no lack of interest in agriculture, but sometimes the overwhelming vast sea of ideas overpowers the simple step forward. Here are some creative & fun ways to get your fingers loosened up to spread the word: agriculture is real, agriculture is relevant, and agriculture is right now.

  1. It’s obvious? But maybe it’s not. Use your farm family!
  2. Farm or ranch dogs have quite the job. And the personality to go with it. Write those stories down!
  3. Current events! [At the risk of sounding like your 8th grade government teacher: “Pay attention to the news!”]
  4. Family dynamics. Do you farm/ranch with your sister? Father-n-law? Second cousin once removed? What makes the relationship work? What gets in the way? Let’s face it, family drama is in every life, but somehow when you add in ________ (insert large amount of land, equipment, livestock, etc.) it gets a little more interesting.
  5. Seasons change in suburbia, but seasons change in the wide open. Grab your camera of choice and show the city folk what autumn, spring, summer, or winter really mean!
  6. Ever tried to count the number of jobs that a farmer/rancher does on a daily basis? Go ahead, accept the challenge. Ready … go!
  7. Your cows are out. (NO! Not those cows!) Livestock getting out, causing chaos, just simply being the curious animals that they are. Once all is safe and accounted for, tell the story!
  8. So you like Dancing with the Stars? Can’t do without your NFL nights? Tell the world. You’re just like any other human.
  9. Farm/ranch with animals? Hello. Stories abound.
  10. Natural disaster? Weather wreck? Get the word out. Keep it raw, don’t sugarcoat. Sometimes the world can use a reality check.
  11. Your mother in law called. Again. (*This is a write-at-your-own-risk post.)
  12. If you have kids (yes, your spouse can be categorized as such, perhaps depending on the day) – they provide an unrelenting source of stories, quotes, and just plain fun.
  13. Farmer missed dinner … again. Why? Tell about it.
  14. So you grow organic potatoes and have poultry on a larger scale. Oh yeah, and rabbits on the side. Don’t forget your pick your own strawberry patch. Whatever you grow/produce/raise, tell about how you do it, who does it, when you do it, and most importantly – why you do what you do.
  15. It’s no surprise that working outdoors with nature connects you to the spiritual side of Mama Earth – what helps to get you through the day? Share the inspiration.
  16. Do you play the favorite color game? (Ahem…green paint here) – strike up a fun rivalry with another farm/ranch blogger and let the paint chips fly!
  17. A business or restaurant speaking for or against something in agriculture that strikes your passion? Tell why/why not you agree/disagree. Be real, be transparent – be you.
  18. You’re not just a farmer/rancher. You have other interests or hobbies. Chat it up.
  19. Anyone in the family have a job off the farm/ranch? Do they take agriculture into their workplace in any way? Spread the word – you may spark ideas in other communities.
  20. What does your farm/ranch do for your community? Volunteer? Ring the Salvation Army Christmas bell? Take food to the local food bank? Tell how your farm/ranch gives back.
  21. Carpet farming. Have you heard of it? My mini farmers do it.
  22. So Farmer just left for his once in a lifetime boys weekend. And you are in charge of his share of work. And yours too. And the kids. Forget cleaning the house, and put pizza on speed dial. Once you recover from double round-the-clock duty, blog ‘er up.
    1. It’s been said many times through this list, but it bears repeating for emphasis on the last .
    2. FAMILY is the source of strength for farm & ranch families, as well as a source of stories. Tell your story in your own words. Relive the laughter, share the sorrows, and let the world see what you do.

Lauren writes about farm life and fun life on her blog, www.PaintTheTownAG.com. Farmer is her actual Farmer, and is the inspiration for many of her posts. Together they are part of a multi-generational beef, poultry, and crop farm in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Tweet with her @PaintTheTownAG, or follow on Instagram @paintthetownag. See you around the farm!