Meet Anna Leigh from Alabama

Cindy Zimmerman

We brought Anna Leigh Peek to the National Farm Machinery Show last week as our “unofficial” intern for the day, just because we are very impressed with the motivation and self-confidence of this Alabama farm girl who is about to graduate from Auburn University with a degree in agricultural communications. “I had grown up for 13 years of my life …

AgChat, Audio, Education, Events, National Farm Machinery Show

Let’s Give #FoodThanks this Thanksgiving

Chuck Zimmerman

This Thanksgiving let’s all give a little thanks for the food we have to eat. When it comes to food what are you thankful for? Let everyone know via your social media channels using the hashtag – #FoodThanks. I’ll start with this platter of surf and turf from my grill last weekend. Grilled T-bones, asparagus and Gulf Amberjack foil wrapped …

Ag Group, AgChat, Food

Agvocating with Youtility

Chuck Zimmerman

The AgChat Foundation has a new President after the board meeting held during the 2013 National Agvocacy Conference. He’s Jeff VanderWerff, Michigan farmer. I spoke to him during the conference and with our keynote speaker. Jeff told me that the organization is in great shape as it continues its mission of “Empowering farmers and ranchers to connect communities through social …

Ag Group, AgChat, Audio, Farming, Social Networking, ZimmCast

Agvocates On Way Home

Chuck Zimmerman

The 2013 National Agvocacy 2.0 Conference has come to a close and another group of passionate, trained agvocates are on their way home for some needed rest before continuing to tell stories from their farms. I’ve attended several of these conferences and they keep getting bigger and better. Last night we had some great social activity during the “traditional” swap …

Ag Group, AgChat, Social Networking

Consumer & Food Research Update

Chuck Zimmerman

Once again this year the attendees at the National Agvocacy 2.0 Conference had a presentation from the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. Jenn Dahm gave us an update on research on consumers and food the organization has conducted. A key takeaway from her presentation is that transparency with consumers is not as difficult as we might think it is and …

Ag Group, AgChat, Food, USFRA

AgChat Foundation Training New Agvocates

Chuck Zimmerman

The 2013 National Agvocacy 2.0 Conference is underway in Charlotte, NC. We’ve got a new crop of agvocates in training mode today and tomorrow, over 100 of them! Our program is just underway with keynote speaker Jay Baer, author of Youtility, Why Smart Marketing is about Help not Hype. We’re going to explore conversations beyond the choir, look at some …

Ag Group, AgChat, Social Networking

Join #TeamAgChat

Chuck Zimmerman

It’s team building time for the AgChat Foundation. Have you joined the team yet? If you’re active on Twitter then follow or use #TeamAgChat to help the organization reach it’s goal this week of raising $10,000. The #TeamAgChat event is live and will conclude on June 28. I got my donation taken care of and hope you will too. If …

Ag Day, AgChat

Last Call to Apply for 2013 Agvocacy 2.0 Conference

Chuck Zimmerman

Today is your last day to send in an application for the coolest conference on how to agvocate – the 2013 National AgChat Agvocacy 2.0 Conference. Actually, it’s really the only conference all about agvocating! Can you believe this is the 4th Annual? And it’s going to be “the best ever.” During the Alltech International Symposium I spoke with @DairyCarrie …

Ag Group, AgChat

2013 Agvocacy 2.0 Conference Application Deadline

Chuck Zimmerman

The deadline is approaching fast for applications to the 2013 Agvocacy 2.0 Training Conference. It’s going to be in Charlotte, NC, August 22-23. I visited with AgChat Foundation Executive Director, Emily Zweber, pictured second from right with our panel group from last week’s Farm Credit Idea Share. She told me about the application process and encourages farmer and ranchers to …

Ag Group, AgChat, Audio