Vote now – Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition

Chuck Zimmerman

Here’s a chance to support young agricultural bloggers. It’s the Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition or YoBloCo Awards. The entries are all in and it’s time for the public to vote. It’s a very simple process too. You can vote here. The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), in collaboration with FARA, Yam-Pukri, CAFAN, AYF, ANAFE, SPC, …

Ag Group, Blogging, Farming, Government, International, Social Networking

Nominations Open for Social Media Farmer of the Year

Chuck Zimmerman

ZimmComm New Media is proud to announce sponsorship of the Social Media Farmer of the Year Award. The award program is being launched today by Food Nutrition & Science. The new award recognizes farmers who have incorporated social media, digital media and internet strategies to achieve their business objectives including growing revenue, sharing information for more effective farming practices, and …

Agribusiness, Farming, Social Media, Social Networking

Social Media in the War Room

Chuck Zimmerman

Social media part of a war room discussion? Yep. It was at the 2014 National Ethanol Conference. Participating in a panel titled, “Communications and Social Media War Room” was Christina Martin, Executive Vice President, Renewable Fuels Association. We chatted about her panel at the conclusion of the conference. Christina says that the purpose of the session was “to capture the …

Ag Group, Audio, Ethanol, National Ethanol Conference, RFA, Social Media, Social Networking, ZimmCast

Predicting Social Media Trends

Chuck Zimmerman

Q: Hey Chuck, what’s the next big thing? A: I dunno. But what I do know is that there’s no stopping social media and its impact on agricultural marketing. For that reason I strive to learn about and try everything I can. Hence the ZimmGlass Project. I don’t really make predictions because things can change so suddenly. However, there are …

Social Media, Social Networking

CommonGround Iowa

Chuck Zimmerman

In this week’s program we’ll meet Sara Ross, Iowa farmer and part of CommonGround Iowa. I visited with Sara in the media room at the National Biodiesel Conference and we spoke via ZimmGlass. Here’s what CommonGround Iowa is: We’re a group of Iowa farm women working to dispel myths about modern agriculture and build trust in farming communities and farm …

Ag Group, Audio, National Biodiesel Conference, Social Networking, ZimmCast

Ryan Goodman Receives Inaugural Comm Award

Chuck Zimmerman

He’s Agriculture Proud. He’s Ryan Goodman, Manager of Communications for the Montana Stockgrowers Association. The photo is from when Ryan was teaching a blogging class at the 2011 Agvocacy 2.0 Conference. The Montana Stockgrowers Association is proud to announce that Ryan Goodman, MSGA Manager of Communications, is the inaugural recipient of the 2013 Communicator of the Year award, presented by …

Ag Group, Blogging, Farming, Social Media, Social Networking, Video

Telling #MyFarmBill Story on Social Media

Chuck Zimmerman

USDA and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack are urging you to tell your “MyFarmBill” story via social media. In support of the effort they’ve crated an Instagram account, USDAGov. Here’s the message: At USDA, we remain committed to sharing with all Americans the need for a comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill to keep up momentum in American agriculture, grow …

Audio, Farm Bill, Social Networking, USDA

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