Occupy Wall Street, Not My Belly

In Activism, Current News, Farming, Food, Food Prices, General, Media, Politics, Social Media by Cathryn

For more than a month and a half now, Occupy Wall Street protesters have taken over city parks and the national news programs protesting social and economic inequality and corporate greed and power.  Within weeks of its beginning, the movement grew not just geographically, with satellite protests springing up across the nation, but also internally. By now, some protesters even …

Harvesting Public Opinion

In Activism, General, New Media, Social Media by Cathryn

In the world of communications, it is understood that if you don’t tell your own story, someone else will tell it for you.  Being as what this other person says may not be accurate or fair, it is generally accepted that telling your story first in a clear, concise manner is crucial. Over the past decade, social media has revolutionized …

Practicing Socially Responsible Social Media

In Conservation, Food, Social Media by Cathryn

Yesterday, like most Mondays, tweets linking to vegetarian recipes and reminders of “Meatless Mondays” littered the screen.  Armchair activists urged their online minions to help save the planet from either incinerating or freezing by simply selecting meat-free options weekly on a day designated solely due to a public love of alliteration. Like clockwork, retweets of the original musings of the …

How Do I Know It’s Safe?… a Discussion on GMOs

In Activism, Biotechnology, Food, Guest Blogger, Social Media, State Groups by Cathryn

Today, guest blogger Dawn Caldwell shares a post on her experience as a farmer and a CommonGround volunteer responding to questions about biotechnology and agriculture. September 19, 2011 by Lady Of Ag Of all the things I am; a wife, an employee, church council member, lawn mower, bill payer, grocery getter, cook, friend, aunt, daughter, granddaughter, niece, you get the idea…I …

If a Picture is Worth 1,000 Words, Let’s Send 1,000 Pictures to Start a Conversation

In Activism, Conservation, Food, General, Internet, New Media, Social Media by Cathryn

From Main Street to MTV, everyone is talking about food. Unfortunately, this conversation does not often include the people who grow it. CommonGround Conversations creates a space for America’s farm families, and the people who support them, to share the story.  Here, we have a meeting ground that will let you discover the values and hard work that underlie our …

Different Generations on the Farm Adopt New Media

In Audio, Farming, Social Media by Cindy

Former National Corn Growers Association president Ken McCauley and his son Brad were featured this week during a session at the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) Boot Camp in Kansas City. The session was about “generations” on the farm with a focus on the challenges and rewards faced by family farmers. NAMA Boot Camp is an event for junior staffers at …

Who Wasn’t Paying Attention in High School English Class?

In Activism, Current News, Education, Ethanol, HFCS, Legislation, Policy, Politics, Social Media by Cathryn

As high school English teachers hand out research paper assignments to eye rolls and sighs, they must know that their students feel nearly certain that the knowledge gained in carefully sourcing their final assignment will never serve them later in life.  This attitude remains pervasive into adulthood it seems as many legislators, food elitists and a broad array of anti-ag …

Ag’s Emerging Voices Making a Difference

In Activism, Blogroll, Farming, Social Media by Mark

Remember when social media was the shared black & white TV at the coffee shop? Whatever happened to college kids avoiding extra work? Since when did young farmers become social activists, bloggers, and even models for national advertising campaigns? It’s a brave new world and it couldn’t come too soon. Don’t get me wrong, I have spent much of my …

Hear All of the Farmers Going “Tweet, Tweet”

In Activism, Social Media by Cathryn

As social media continues to grow, it evolves.  What was commonplace even five years ago can be passé and unheard of services can become the new norm.  In this environment, twitter came to be the social networking tool of choice for many on-the-go people trying to communicate succinctly as possible. Twitter is a micro-blogging service that allows users to share …

Privacy Settings Tutorial Makes Facebook Friendly Again

In Internet, Social Media by Cathryn

Sitting in on the Missouri Corn Growers Association’s Social Media Training Session, held in conjunction with the National Corn Growers Association as part of an overall campaign to improve farmer image, it became apparent rather quickly why so many people resist the growing trend of “Facebooking.”  Simply put, many people fear Facebook will destroy their personal privacy. While media horror …