Seems like everywhere you look, someone is talking about Twitter, or Facebook, or LinkedIn, or whatever other newfangled site is popular these days. What do these things have in common? They are all considered to be modes of “social media.” Now, if you’re here, reading a blog, I assume you know enough about social media and Internet communications to keep up. However, I don’t want to leave everyone in the dark. A site or service that serves as social media is simply an online way for people to interact through a wide variety of ways.
What does this have to do with corn?
Well, a lot, actually.
In today’s political and social climate, farmers are under a lot of pressure to explain themselves, or even defend themselves. Social media is a great way to do this. You can reach a wide audience with efficiency. Moreover, you can dive in deep and go so far as to educate.
An educated public is more able to weigh options. For quite some time, opponents of modern agriculture have been outspoken; social media is a user-friendly, interesting way to follow suit.
I pose this single challenge to anyone who sees this blog: spread the word. If you don’t already have one, try out a Twitter account. Hunt us down! (You can easily find me under the name of @kmrivard. I have no objection to helping people build a healthy obsession with social media!) Try out a Facebook profile and look into pages and groups on there. Now is the time for empowerment and communication among agriculturalists. To steal a term from the ag crowd on Twitter, it’s the time for “agvocacy.”
That’s all for now. Keep on celebrating agriculture, and I hope to see you around the social media circuit!