As technology continues to permeate our culture, these conversations are happening in new places. Throughout the week, farmers, ranchers, and agribusiness professionals turn to Twitter as a place to learn, advocate, and connect with one another. Join the conversation. Join the farmers. Says, Twitter enthusiast, Rob Sharkey. “We aren’t just talking to people in my neighborhood; we’re talking to the world.” Almost #FCGchat time. Over the years, more than 12,000 people have participated in the moderated discussions. More recently, readers of the ag community have started gathering on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. Central Time for #AgBookClub. “The books are the starting point for a discussion. The chat host and moderator affectionately known as FRANBOT describes the gathering as “a networking cocktail hour without ever having to leave your couch.” Topics are broad, and at times aren’t even related to agriculture.
In the back corner of small town restaurants across the country, farmers often gather to discuss the weather, markets, and other challenges of rural life. The regulars congregate to share their latest brainstorms, family happenings, or holiday plans.
As technology continues to permeate our culture, these conversations are happening in new places. #AgTwitter has opened the dialogue to a broader community.
Throughout the week, farmers, ranchers, and agribusiness professionals turn to Twitter as a place to learn, advocate, and connect with one another. Each night is an opportunity to chime in and network with a different segment of the industry.
“This is an opportunity we’ve just never had. Here’s our chance. Join the conversation. Join the farmers. Follow people who are interesting. Go out and connect with some nonfarmers, too.” Says, Twitter enthusiast, Rob Sharkey.
On Mondays at 7 p.m. Central Time, #FCGchat is hosted by Canadian brand manager, Lesley Kelly, and Illinois farmer, Rob Sharkey. As part of their efforts to bridge the gap between producers and consumers, the duo hosts a weekly podcast: The Farmer and The City Girl.
The #FCGchats complement their shows, reaching beyond agriculture-specific topics. Recent topics encouraged discussion surrounding the rural/urban political divide and differences in gun culture.
“We want to delve into some subjects that maybe don’t even touch on agriculture,” Sharkey explains.
An avid Twitter user on and off the chat, Sharkey appreciates the powerful reach of social media. “We aren’t just talking to people in my neighborhood; we’re talking to the world.”
— highheels&fields (@lesleyraekelly) November 7, 2017
Since 2009, Tuesday night #AgChat, and the occasional #FoodChat, have worked to create community and conversation surrounding a vast range of agricultural issues. Over the years, more than…