AgChat’s Agvocacy Conference Heads Back to Northwest

Jamie Johansen

Do to popular demand, the AgChat Foundation will host the 2nd Annual Pacific Northwest Regional Agvocacy Conference in Spokane, WA. The training for farmers and ranchers will take place April 27-28, 2015 and registration will open February 9 with an early bird discount. Since the inception of the Foundation in 2010, the mission has been to provide training to as …

Ag Group, AgChat, Education

AgChat National Collegiate Congress

Jamie Johansen

In the world of agricultural communications and public relations, training and preparation are key. Unfortunately, many students today don’t have access to the training necessary to become great communicators. The AgChat Foundation has been working for years to help build the next generation of agricultural advocates. This January AgChat Foundation is hosting the first Collegiate Congress, a conference for college-aged …

Ag Group, AgChat, Communications

2015 AgChat Foundation National Collegiate Congress

Chuck Zimmerman

The AgChat Foundation has announced the 2015 National Collegiate Congress. This social media and agvocacy workshop is scheduled for January 17, 2015 at the Dow AgroSciences headquarters in Indianapolis. There will be an optional tour of Fair Oaks Farms on January 18. Approximately 165 students are expected to attend. The goal of the workshop is to challenge college students who …

Ag Group, AgChat

AgChat Foundation’s New Executive Director

Cindy Zimmerman

Jenny Schweigert is the new full time executive director for the AgChat Foundation. Schweigert will focus on advancing ACF’s mission by leading the fundraising campaigns that will support new workshops, educational series, and conferences, like the 2014 Cultivate & Connect Conference. She will also work with the ACF’s Board of Directors to build broad awareness of ACF across agriculture and …


Cultivating Is the Key to Connecting Food to the Fork

Jamie Johansen

The AgChat Foundation’s 2014 Cultivate & Connect conference was held in Austin, TX, August 21 and 22. In attendance were over 140 farmers, ranchers, and ag communications professionals who hail from the U.S., Canada, and Australia. The resounding theme of the event was to learn more about how digital and social media can assist with cultivating open-minded conversation with consumers …

Ag Group, AgChat, Social Media, Social Networking

Dairy Carrie is Social Media Farmer of Year

Chuck Zimmerman

Big time congratulations to Carrie Mess, known as Dairy Carrie, for receiving the first ever Social Media Farmer of the Year Award. The award is presented by Food Nutrition & Science and AgWired is one of the sponsors of this award. Carrie received her award at this weeks AgChat Cultivate & Connect Conference in Austin, TX. Her award includes a …

Ag Group, AgChat, Farming, Social Media

AgChat Foundation Seeks Full-Time Executive Director

Jamie Johansen

As an organization which is experiencing significant growth, the AgChat Foundation Board of Directors is launching a search for a full-time Executive Director. “Emily Zweber has served as the part-time Executive Director since 2011. Since that time she has been a remarkable asset successfully steering ACF,” President Jeff VanderWerff said. He adds that, “As a key part of our new …

Ag Group, AgChat

Does Big = Bad

Jamie Johansen

Big ag has been dubbed a bad word among those in the agricultural community and many wonder if size matters. During the recent Animal Agriculture Alliance’s Stakeholders Summit they tackled that topic with a panel on “Does Big = Bad? Panelist included: Emily Zweber, Zweber Farms and Executive Director for the AgChat Foundation; Janice Person, a member of Monsanto’s corporate …

Ag Group, AgChat, Animal Agriculture, Audio, Farm Bureau, Monsanto