Thursday, November 12, 2015

#Ag Chat Community Unites In Nashville

OK~ I recently had the opportunity to travel to Nashville, Tennessee and meet up with several #AgChat friends. I connected with this online community several years ago. When I hopped on Twitter several years ago, I struggled to find folks that were talking about Iowa, agriculture and anything that I could relate to. It is no secret that it has taken Iowans a few years to hop on the Twitter train. I was excited when I found the #AgChat community. These were farmers that were passionate about their jobs and loving life. And those of you that know me in real life, know that I am passionate about Iowa and sharing through social media.

Iowa attendees at #AgChat Conference-2015

My biggest takeaway from the #AgChat Conference was that I was reminded that everyone has a story and it's very important to listen to them share their story. A person can learn so much by listening and not talking. Do you recall the last time you had a conversation with a farmer? Those conversations do matter, as Americans are more in tune with their food and where it comes from. If you have a question about your food, where do you turn? Seriously, ask a farmer. Farmers will be honest and open with you. They want to share their story with you. By listening, both parties can learn from each other.

You can find the folks of #AgChat on every type of social media platform out there. There are some farmers that enjoy sharing their story through video, so you may find them on YouTube. Other growers love sharing through Instagram. If you want to find several of these folks, just key in the hashtag #AgChat and you will find yourself connected. If you have any questions about why they do what they do, ask! Farmers want to answer your questions and they want to get to know you.

I know that social media is a great opportunity to learn about anything and everything. I am not sure why we, as a society, have gotten to the point that we all have to be so careful how we word everything. I wish that people could put the human side in everything they do, as opposed to throwing out nastiness and words that do hurt. Before you point fingers at a farmer for doing things a certain way, please ask.

My family has farmed for several years and I can tell you that we are all very proud to produce food. It's nice to know that farmers, in my neighborhood, are feeding the world. Without our farmers, many more folks would go hungry.

My challenge to each of you is to ask a farmer a question. If you wonder why they do what they do, don't assume, ASK! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

1 comment:

  1. Glad you got to be apart of the #AgChat conference. I haven't been to one since Jenny took over as Executive Director so I'd love how to see how things have changed since she's taken the reigns. Who all went from Iowa in that photo? I recognize most people but not all.


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