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Honoring those that motivate us


In my lifetime few people have had as great an impact on my passion to explain Agriculture and get the Farmers story out there than Michele Payn Knoper (MPK). It is now time for me to help honor her for her passion to get farmers to tell there story. I first met MPK several years ago while attending the Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI). This was my first experience in a leadership program and boy was I uncomfortable but in a good way, as I soon came to realize that learning to function in an unfamiliar environment would be a great asset in speaking out for Agriculture. Fast forward a few years and again MPK was there encouraging me to speak out for my industry this time with a new form of media we have all grown to love “Social Media” . I had just  started using Twitter to “put a face on the farmer” as many have heard me say, and MPK was htere pushing me to meet my potential.

It is now time for me to honor MPK and encourage people to nominate her for Mashable’s Twitter user of the year. MpK believes she is not deserving of this award, however her humbleness just adds to the reasons to nominate her. One of the greatest tools Agriculture has to connect is her brainchild, Agchat a Twitter based chat on Ag is held every Tuesday evening with the exception of the 3rd Tuesday of the month when Foodchat is held. I was given the honor of being the guest moderator for Agchat tonight 10/27/09 and could not help but fell like “Wow the Master Agvocate is letting me take her sports car for a spin, don’t wreck it”! Mpk is well deserving of the award as a great representative of Agriculture and speaking out to tell our story. Please vote daily for a great Agvocate!

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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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14 thoughts on “Honoring those that motivate us

  1. Count me in! Casting the vote.

    Posted by Tykerman1 | October 28, 2009, 5:56 AM
  2. She is truly an advocate and leader…a REAL goddess! I have voted and will continue!

    GOOOOOO MPK! You ROCK!

    Barbara Martin aka dairy goddess LOL

    Posted by dairygoddess | October 29, 2009, 1:35 AM
  3. Ray, it’s people like you who demonstrate the power of agriculture’s voice who keep me doing what I do. Thank you for your gracious words, they touched my heart.

    Posted by Michele Payn-Knoper | November 2, 2009, 7:50 PM

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