Archive for Agriculture and Social Media

Ag & Social Media: Getting the word out, whatever it takes #felfie

A new word recently jumped into our vocabulary, felfie. A felfie is a self-portrait taken on a farm. There were several articles on this new phenomenon (see links at the bottom of this post). But I think The Guardian summed it up best: “The felfie provides what many urban people are searching for: a view […]

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NCDA&CS launches fuel station locator app

In the middle of a disaster, one of the first things that happens is the power goes out. When the power goes out, so do ATM machines, grocery stores and gas stations. While most people gas up their vehicles before a disaster hits, extended power losses can quickly cause problems for communities and for emergency […]

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News Roundup: June 22-28

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. Click on the links to go straight to the full story. “China Tobacco International to open North Carolina office,” Southeast Farm Press: China’s national tobacco company has officially announced the […]

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If you have a food-safety question, Ask Karen

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a new way for consumers to get answers for their food-safety questions. Ask Karen, a new mobile website and app brings 24-hour customer service directly to your smartphone. Ask Karen allows you to search through a database of more than 1,300 food-related questions or submit your own questions to […]

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The 2011 Ag Development Forum in 11 tweets

When asked to give advice to the FFA students attending the Ag Development Forum last Thursday, the panelists offered this, “Get an education.” They elaborated on the idea saying that today’s farmer needs an education in agriculture and horticulture, but also economics, business and global studies to stay competitive in an expanding global marketplace. The […]

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Agriculture and Social Media: Sunburst Trout

Sunburst Trout Co. is a third-generation family trout farm founded in 1948 by Western North Carolina Agriculture Hall of Fame member Dick Jennings. After 60 years in business, Sunburst cautiously started using Facebook and Twitter, and has since dived into the social network and the micro-blogging site, leading to connections with a larger audience and […]

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Agriculture and social media: Q&A with Erin Griffin

Erin Griffin, a graduate student in UNC’s School of Information and Library Science, has been developing a way to preserve the long history of North Carolina’s top industry using the latest in archiving technology. The end result, “North Carolina Agriculture: A Research Guide,” was launched in February after months of research and planning. In this Q&A, […]

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Agriculture and social media: Q&A with Matt Lange

The North Carolina Association for Dairy Stabilization and Growth Inc., better known as Dairy Advantage, is leading the way for enhancements to the dairy industry in North Carolina. Facebook is one of the tools Dairy Advantage uses to connect with dairy enthusiasts and build “dairy excitement” throughout the state. Matt Lange, dairy development coordinator for Dairy […]

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Agriculture and social media: Delivering the department’s news in the 21st century

The Internet has definitely changed the way we deliver our news. When I first joined the Public Affairs Division in 1996, our news releases were faxed out at the time of release to about 300 media outlets. The fax machine would beep and buzz all afternoon sending the news across the state and beyond. We […]

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Agriculture and social media: Q&A with David Smith

North Carolina Farm Bureau has been an advocate for agricultural and rural families for more than 70 years. The organization now serves 500,000 member families throughout the state. Part of N.C. Farm Bureau’s success is how it adapts to change. In this Q&A, we talk to public relations director David Smith about how the bureau has […]

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