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Stepping up


It is great to see so many farmers stepping up to the plate and using various forms of social Media. It is vital for farmers to reconnect with the consumers of their products. Over the last few decades the general public has lost a first hand knowledge of Agriculture. Farmers and Ranchers must now make the extra effort to reach out and put a face back on agriculture”.

There are quite a few farmers now using SM such as Twitter.Twitter is a micro blogging (140 spaces or less) SM site that can be a quick way to join the Social Media revolution without creating a blog. Some off the top of my head are:@dairydino @agleader @JeffFowle @TroyHadrick @FoodProvider @Chrischinn

Some Twitter handles of places to connect with other Farmers and Consumers are:@FoodChat @AgChat

Many Farmers now have blogs to help them explain how they farm. A blog is much more like a Diary or Journal than Twitter. Some that are maintained by Farmers are:Dino Giacomazzi Advocates for Ag Common sense Agriculture The Dairyman’s Blog

This is a relatively short list and by no means complete. If you start with these links you can find links to many other blogs and tweeters that are speaking out on behalf of Agriculture.

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About raylindairy

Ray is a partner with his parents in Ray-Lin Dairy in Denair, Ca. The operation milks 475 cows and double crops corn & winter forage on 130 of the 240 acres with about 90 acres of pasture. The family also has 1200 ac operation in Klamath Falls OR that raises alfalfa hay, wheat hay, and oat hay. Ray is currently secretary of the Agchat Foundation an entity he helped found whose mission is to empower farmer to use social media. He is currently a on the board of directors of CA Dairy Campaign, Dairy CARES, and is the 2nd Vice-President of Stanislaus County Farm Bureau. He is also a member of the National Dairy Board. In addition to his involvement in agricultural organizations’ he is the Chairperson of the Governance Committee at a newly formed charter school his daughter attends, and serves as a director for the East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District. Ray and his wife Erica live on the dairy with their two children.

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