Sooooo, Joellyn and I went to a conference last week about farming and ranching. One of the topics covered was Social Media. What on earth does a farmer need to know about social media you ask? Apparantly there are lots and lots of reasons. Now I've got a facebook account and am pretty good at getting around the farm on farmville. That handy little app is what taught me all I needed to know about my new life. It also allows me to check in on all my friends and aquantances who had the misfortune of "confirming" my friend request. I mean really, do you have to ask your friends to be your friends? So I thought I was at the cutting edge of Social Media. Not true.
I guess there are many ways that the generation behind me gets their information. For me and most of my peers, we might log into a news website and search through the days stories, which is a far cry better than what our parents do. You know, actually read a newspaper. This new generation likes things now, when they happen. So they are hooked up to applications like Twitter, Instagram, and Google+. These "apps" send real time information right to their smartphone and computers and they don't even have to spend the time looking it up.
What does that have to do with farming and ranching? Well it has to do with education, information, and unfortunately mis-information. There are alot of things being said and written about Agriculture that aren't necessarily true, or are half truths. There are also alot of things that are 100% correct. Using social media I can tell you my story as I learn the ropes of being a farmer. I will talk about our farm here in North Central Montana and what we grow and how we grow it. I will pass along our thoughts on weather, politics, family and community not necessarily in that order. With the information I give, which will be all facts, you can start making conclusions about my type of farming and ask questions about any and all agriculture topics. I might not have all the answers but I do have alot of friends and resources that I can draw from to get you the best answer possible. I encourage all of you that come in contact with my blog, facebook, twitter(@farmer_clark), or instagram to feel free to ask me as many questions as possible so we can have a healthy dialog.
What is it you would like to hear about us and our farm. I look forward to hearing from you all.