Conference shares small-town ideas in 10 minutes and 140 characters or less

TWEETING FOR HAY-Carrie Mess, Waupun, Wis., talks about how she used her Twitter account, @DairyCarrie, to gather hay donations for drought-stricken farmers in Texas and Oklahoma. Mess also uses her blog and other social media tools to educate followers about family dairies and other agricultural topics. (Journal photo by Jennifer M. Latzke.)

By Jennifer M. Latzke

Just about the only thing conventional about the State of Now SmallTown 2012 conference are the nametags participants wear.

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