Social media has really taken the world of agriculture by storm in 2009. The ag community on Twitter has blossomed substantially and there were some standouts that Fastline has named our Top 10 Ag Twitter Users of 2009:
6. @troyhadrick– Troy Hadrick: Troy is a 5th generation cattle rancher from South Dakota. He does manage to find some time away from the ranch to tweet and be an advocate for agriculture. Troy has recently faced some tough critics, and has used his blog and social media to tell the real story of ag effectively. Also check out Troy’s Advocates for Agriculture site.
7. @agriblogger– Chuck Zimmerman: Regarding new media, you name it… Chuck does it. Chuck and his wife Cindy own ZimmComm New Media. A new media company that helped agriculture hit the ground running when it comes to blogging, podcasting, videos, etc. Visit Chuck’s main site, Agwired.com, to learn more.
8. @farmerhaley– Mike Haley: Mike is a 5th generation Ohio farmer, but he does much more than just farm the land. Mike organized @followfarmer, a Twitter account that help form a data base of agriculture folks that are on Twitter. You can learn more about it here. Mike is an active social media user, dedicated to spreading ag’s message. Visit his farm’s website here.
9. @jefffowle– Jeff Fowle: Jeff is a farmer and rancher from California. His operation focuses on cattle, horses, and do some farming as well. Jeff has come to be known as a great advocate for agriculture and has had many speaking opportunities over the past year. To learn more about Jeff’s operation and what they have to offer, visit his ranch’s site.
10. @akleinschmidt– Andy Kleinschmidt: Andy is a an Extension Educator for Ohio State University Extension, but he teaches people everyday through Twitter. He is probably most famous for coming up with this shirt and donating the proceeds to Kentucky and Ohio 4-H programs. Also, check out Andy’s blog.
There are so many people in agriculture that have gotten involved with Twitter and social media in 2009, it would have been impossible for us to list them all. However, each of you plays an important role in telling agriculture’s story and we appreciate all that everyone does. Keep up the great work and keep working hard for ag.
Just in case you missed Part I of the list, you can view it here.
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