As a pioneer in grassroots agvocacy, the AgChat Foundation is proud to announce the 2015 Cultivate & Connect conference which will be held at the Hotel Preston in Nashville, TN. In an effort to accommodate state and country fairs; back-to-school and other agriculturally related events, the conference is scheduled for November 9-10, rather than August.
We all know pioneers in our industry, but what happens when you are the pioneer? You celebrate. And, that is exactly what the AgChat Foundation community will be doing this year at the 2015 Cultivate & Connect conference, themed Celebrating Five Years of Pioneering Grassroots Agvocacy.
“In 2010, the AgChat Foundation was founded in an effort to connect farmers and ranchers while empowering them to connect communities and tell the stories behind their farms and ranches. The grassroots movement was the first of its kind which has led to training over 700 farmers, ranchers, agribusiness professionals, educators and enthusiasts,” stated Jenny Schweigert, Executive Director, AgChat Foundation. She adds, “It is amazing to see so many people successfully sharing the story behind our food and making meaningful connections with consumers. This year’s event is as much about delivering excellent training as it is about celebrating the accomplishments made by the agriculture advocacy community over the past five years.”
This year’s conference plans to accommodate over 175 food and farm devotees and do it with the flair only Music City can offer.
Who should attend?
The conference and celebration is open all farmers, ranchers, growers, agribusiness people and agriculture educators from all walks of agriculture.
What can I expect?
Sessions for beginners and advanced agvocates will include:
- tactical strategies for providing information that the general public is seeking about food and farming,
- writing workshops,
- food photography,
- Search Engine Optimization,
- understanding analytics,
- establishing working relationships with the media,
- case studies,
- information management strategies,
- an overview of emerging social platforms,
- and planning an event on your farm or ranch.