The Year of Emotional Publicity

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It is 2013. Happy New Year! Did you know that this is the Year of Water Cooperation? That’s what the United Nations says. The Daily Telegraph says this is the Year of Sequel’s for Hollywood, Forbes Magazine calls it the Year of Digital Health, and Toy News is excited to announce 2013 will be the Year of the Board Game. There is no shortage of what 2013 will be.

What will it be for agriculture?

My vote is for the ‘Year of ...

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#FarmerLove

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We are in a battle.

It may not seem all that bad right now as our combines roll and livestock gets sold. Sure we hear talk about hormones and GMOs and animal treatment and all of that other stuff. But people keep lining up at the grocery store and buying food. After all they need to.

But there is more at work than a simple transaction at the check-out. Forces continue to fight what agriculture is proud to do everyday, and that ...

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Tweet Responsibly Or You Hurt Us All

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Twitter really is an amazing tool. The ability to share information and have conversations with people around the world is one of my favourite parts. But, like everything, there is always a down side. It is a downside across all social media networks that people can say things that aren’t true and can easily mix up fact from fiction. Case in point was a tweet from the Organic Council of Ontario, actually the same tweet twice in one afternoon.

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4 Lessons From Farmers

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It is amazing how time can fly, isn’t it? I’ve been fortunate to talk to dozens of groups this winter and hundreds of farmers from all over Canada. It’s an exciting opportunity that I really appreciate. Many of the talks related to social media and emerging technology (like mobile) on the farm, although a handful looked at the bigger picture in agriculture – including one discussion on how we in agriculture need to ‘Unlearn’ in order to lead the country.

Here ...

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What Technology is Coming in 2012?

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It is amazing to look at technology just 10 years ago, and where we have come today. Computers in our pocket that stream high definition video and new network tools that 800 million people have signed up for. Hard to believe, isn’t it? As the technology advances, here are my thoughts on what we in agriculture might be able to expect.

1.         Useful Apps

Farm Credit Canada’s latest look at the world of mobile placed smartphone adoptions among farmers at around 30 ...

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Farmers Need Mobile Solutions Now!

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Audio Comment (If you’d rather listen than read)

A couple of years ago was a talk on smart phones to a group of farmers. First question – how many have a smart phone? Out of 100 – maybe three. Fair enough, it was early. Second question – how many people have normal, regular, everyday cell phone? The majority. We told the group that it wouldn’t be long before you’d either get a smartphone because of what you could do with ...

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Supply Management on ‘The Agenda’

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If you are involved in Canadian agriculture, you’ve no doubt heard about the debate on ‘supply management’, a system that I’m involved with as a young dairy farmer. Recently, Ontario’s public station aired a program looking at the strengths and weaknesses of the system. I blogged about it for RealAgriculture.com, where you are also able to watch the episode.

Talk about supply management and whether or not it should fit in Canada’s future continues to find a place in our media. ...

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5 Reasons to Give Twitter A Chance

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It never surprises me when I ask a group of farmers (or in last week’s case – insurance brokers) ‘How many don’t understand Twitter or think it’s a waste?’, the majority of hands go up. Why wouldn’t they. The top trending topics in Canada at this moment include ‘Happy Birthday Eminem’ ‘#wheniwas14′ and ‘#DontBeMadAtMeBecause’. For anyone looking for a new source of legitimate information, this can turn you off fast. That and the fact most assume tweets include coffee ...

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