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ISSUE DATE: 12/31/2012

Advocating for the future of ag

By Jennifer Carrico

Education about agriculture is the most important way to help consumers understand agriculture in order to support the livelihood of farmers and ranchers in the future.

"Telling our agriculture story is a very important way to let others outside of agriculture understand what we do and why we do it," said northeast Kansas farmer Darin Grimm.

Grimm is president of the AgChat Foundation board of directors. "The AgChat Foundation is designed to help empower farmers and ranchers--those who produce food, fuel, fiber and feed--to tell agriculture's story from their point of view. Our platform is mainly through social media--Twitter, Facebook, blogs, YouTube, LinkedIn and other social media services," he said.

Grimm farms and feeds cattle with his father on the family farm near Morrill, Kan. He hopes someday his children will want to return to the family farm as well, but he knows in order for that to happen he must help educate the public about agriculture.


Advocating for the future of ag
ARS honors new Science Hall of Fame inductees
Catholic Social Service hosts training sessions for upcoming homeless count
Drought response and 2013 preparation for Kansas
Eating breakfast is important
Farm Aid's 2012 grants focus on growing family farm agriculture
Kansas Farmers Union members gather for convention, pass new policies
Kansas food companies participate in USDA trade mission to Russia
New Iowa Farm Bureau leaders elected
Rural hospitals bracing for change
USDA finalizes animal disease traceability rule
Walk Kansas set to begin March 17


AgriLife Extension agriculture agent hired
AgriLife Research peanut breeding program offers new varieties
Colorado Corn Administrative Committee elects president
Conference shares small-town ideas in 10 minutes and 140 characters or less
Drought affects much of Panhandle winter wheat crop
Farm Food Safety Workshops offered in Sidney, other Nebraska locations
Film follows soy checkoff's partnership with fish farmers
Industry insiders set to present at farmer-focused Sorghum U
Iowa Farm Bureau adds benefit partner
IPSA Conference set for January
Kansas Soybean Expo theme is 'Fueling Innovations'
Kansas students participate in Taiwan Agricultural Youth Exchange
K-State Extension to host weed school
K-State to host agriculture lease workshops
Leadership Sorghum Class meets
Man pleads guilty to stealing N.D. farmer's corn
National Corn Growers action teams weigh in on industry issues
NDA announces new Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council members
Nebraska drought rolls into second year
New fieldwork tool unveiled at MU crop conference
Noble Foundation researcher receives international honor
Powell commercial driver license study group set for January
RMA announces changes to crop insurance
U.S. soy exports remain strong
U.S. wheat demand may not be as weak as some consider
WKMA awards scholarships
Women's Ag Conference announced


2012: A Checkoff Year in Review
American Angus Association elects new board members, officers
ASI state membership contest winner announced
ASSC hosts National Shearing Competition
Beef cattle winter water needs complicated this year
Buffalo Foundation launches website
'Cattle Feeding and Marketing in Drought Conditions' program planned
Cattle on feed numbers released
Consider windbreaks to shelter livestock
Extension to host cattle management in drought conditions workshop
Feedlot Forum 2013 focuses on 'new' issues and information
Goats provide healthy, economical weed control
Jersey youth benefit from memorial contributions
Kansas Cattlemen ask DOJ to protect consumers, enforce antitrust laws
Kansas Cattlemen ask OIE to re-evaluate Brazil's animal health status
Kansas cattlemen discuss BSE with USDA
KLA recognizes Top Hands
K-State to host 4-State Beef Conference
K-State's Winter Ranch Management Seminar set for Jan. 8
Missouri Cattlemen announces Friend of the Industry award winners
Missouri Cattlemen's Association announces Cattleman of the Year goes mobile
NCBA's Cattlemen's College lineup set
Nebraska Cattlemen members elect new leaders
Program set For Heart of America Dairy Expo
Ranching in drought
Register now for Central Oklahoma Cattle Conference
Researchers sequence swine genome
Scholarships awarded to Kansas youth
Sell cows in their prime
Top of Iowa sirloin steak celebrates 50th anniversary
USDA issues final rule for animal disease traceability
Webinars for ranch advisors to focus on drought planning


Huelskamp responds to editorial
Reader supports Huelskamp
Stick and carrot
To the new year


Auctioneers to meet in Denver
Blood, sweat and tears
Corporate support of National FFA tops $16 million
Forage and conservation crabgrasses available
In other agribusiness news...
In rural America, what brings us comfort?
Just a scoop full
Life transitions
Parasite protection could pay the way to Vegas
Partnership helps Kenyan farmers
Rural fire district gets grant
Time to rethink the relevance of rural America?


Ada livestock market report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction summary
Colorado feeder cattle summary
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Georgia livestock auction summary
Grain market close
Grain, soybean bids higher before holiday
Lexington livestock auction report
Most hay selling steady
No Kansas Hay Market report until Dec. 28
Ogallala livestock auction report
Pratt feeder cattle auction report
Salina livestock auction report
San Angelo livestock auction report
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Tulia livestock auction report


Beef nutritionist: Hay quality affects heifer calving success for next 2 years
Control hay intake and waste
Develop an effective weed control plan for pasture, range
Kansas Graziers to hold winter conference
Rangeland management program offered in Hays
Spring Forage Conference, Heart of America Grazing Conference planned
Vegetative buffers reduce herbicide runoff


4-Hers offer fresh Christmas trees in annual holiday fundraiser
5 ways to save on car, home insurance
Better tools for saving water and keeping peaches healthy
Decorate a Christmas tree for the birds
Develop an effective weed control plan for pasture, range
Have you considered eating your Christmas tree?
Hickory has plenty of room for everyone
Home landscapes may need watering this winter
Loving holiday leftovers
Master Gardeners certified in Cleveland County
Protect property from poachers
Wellston FFA selected as national three-star winner

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