ISSUE DATE: 12/31/2012
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.
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