One person through social media has the opportunity to tell the real story of how agriculture has changed over the years while still providing healthy, nutritious and affordable food to consumers.
Few people today even know a farmer, so there is a big disconnect between farmers and the folks strolling the aisles of the grocery store. Many urban people have a picture in their mind that things are produced the way things were done in the 1950s or the Green Acres picture. Small farms today have to be efficient and make use of new techniques as do the big farms. But although no farmers like the thought of small mixed farms, few are prepared to pay the price.
Social media is the link to convey the message that new and bigger agriculture is sustainable and safe for the production of the food they need to live.
For more than 15 years I have actively farmed with my brother. We successfully purchased the farm that we grew up on. Eggs are the biggest income but crops are also grown, fed to the hens and sold.
In the beginning I was not involved in the decision making but as I became more involved in the day-to-day I also became more committed to get the story out about the good things going on in agriculture and how farmers need to connect with consumers of the products farmers grow.
UPDATE (Aug. 26): The contest has now ended. Thank you for voting for your favorite. Congratulations to the winner of the 2013 AgChat Scholarship, Anna Leigh Peek.