Once you put yourself out there on a blog, it seems its more likely you show up on other blogs, video channels, etc. — either as a guest poster or being featured. The other blogs involved here are incredible so if you check out some of the recent posts. I’ll also mention that because I write for the blog at the office occasionally, I won’t put those here but you can always find the ones I’ve written by visiting my author page on Beyond the Rows.
- Janice Person Talks about the Beltwide Cotton Conferences – Janice is a public affairs director at Monsanto and an advocate of cotton. Her blog, A Colorful Adventure (http://janiceperson.com), centers on her frequent travels and experiences across the farmlands of many countries. Janice sat down with us to talk about the benefits of attending the Beltwide Cotton Conference and how her love of social media has helped her reach more people who share her passion for cotton.
- Conversations. | Agriculture Proud (by Val Wagner) – Yesterday, I had the privilege of speaking to a group of people involved in agriculture about the importance of having conversations with those people that are buying our products, not only face-to-face, but through other avenues as well. My friend, JP (www.janiceperson.com), flew all the way from St. Louis to the frozen tundra of North Dakota (and we had a blizzard, which just about threw off the whole idea), just to help share the message and give some pointers on how to get ahead of the issues.
- Looking into Faceless Big Ag with Carrie Mess, Debbie Lyons-Blythe, Jodi Oleen & Janice Person – An interview Carrie Mess, Debbie Lyons-Blythe, Jodi Oleen and I did with Jiggy Jaguar after we did our panel at SmallTown 2012 aka the 140 conference.
- Looking into the Faceless Big Ag (Panel Discussion) — The conversation Debbie Lyons-Blythe, Carrie Mess, Jodi Oleen and I had about “big ag” and how though it can appear to be faceless, there are people who care behind the products in the grocery store during the day of SmallTown 2012
- Monsanto Representative Visits the Wilson Home and Farm (farmeronamission.blogspot.com) – I first met Janice “JP” Person (otherwise known on Twitter as @JPLovesCotton) when I attended the AgChat Training in Chicago in 2010. I’ve blogged about her before… She was full of energy and I was amazed and what a whiz she was with social media tools. She has helped open my eyes to a whole new realm of connectivity with farmers and ranchers around the world, with those who purchase and consume the end products made from the crops we grow, and folks in between. We kept running into each other at industry events and keeping in touch online. Here she included me in the list of folks she visited with at the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference in Orlando…
- Meal Five: Janice Person and Friends (onehundredmeals.com) People are complicated.Take Janice Person in Monsanto Public Affairs. She has reached out and engaged the One Hundred Meals project and invited us to St. Louis for tours of their corporate headquarters and growing facilities. Now, you could view us as a thorn in her side, but she engaged us in a friendly way, so off we went!So she has this job. Monsanto PR. Yikes! But she also has a brother and a nephew who are organic farmers. Huh? Yup.via
- Any Benefits from a Change in Perspective? (guest post on justfarmers.biz/blog) — Frequently people make the point that most Americans are 2-3 generations removed from the farm….. I’m from a long line of city folks and if my grandmom didn’t feel connected to something, how would I feel removed from it? What if instead you though of farmers as being the ones missing out?
- 2012 State of Now in Des Moines, Iowa
- Putting My Passion for Communications to Work in Agriculture – It was clear at an early age that I wanted to do communications. The signs seem so clear: 1) I never have known a stranger, no matter where in the world I’ve traveled, 2) A camera is an extension of my body, something I am never without and 3) Putting what I’m seeing as I travel about into words comes easy and I enjoy. But you can use those skills anywhere and although I stumbled into agriculture, putting my communications skills and passion to work in the field talking to farmers and researchers has been incredibly rewarding. I get to learn from people who have years, even decades of experience in areas that others can benefit from hearing about. So my job is to talk to them, see what information needs to passed along. Since my family didn’t grow up in agriculture, I’ve had the chance to learn incredible things that leave my high school & college friends wondering there was some alien force that took control of my vocabulary and friends lists. For instance, I’ve had the chance to: 1) Discover some of incredible environmentalists out there, 2) Showcase US cotton for farmers from all over the world and 3) Learn from cotton breeders what transgressive segregation is.
- An Innovator Rapidly Lost Relevance in the Tech Boom | The Mobile Farmer : The Mobile Farmer – I still remember when smartphones started catching on with the business crowd, and out of nowhere, Blackberry became the generic name for smartphone. Sure other companies made them, but Blackberry really pushed the envelope on technology and made itself ubiquitous. Company presidents and other officers were armed quickly and became wanting employees to be accessible 24-7. There was almost no personal advantage to having one it seemed. I fought against the very idea of being accessible to work 24 hours a day back then and only gave in when travel requirements meant email demands would keep me working in hotels til the wee hours just to keep up. What a long way Blackberry has fallen. If you missed the headlines recently going to Google News and entering the term “BlackBerry” will return thousands of articles written in the past few days. The headlines are all pretty similar to this one from the BBC Blackberry-maker RIM reports $125m loss or this one from the Kansas City Star BlackBerry owner RIM to pull back from consumer smartphone market.
- How Social Media (especially Twitter) is Saving My Farm (on HeyHungryFarmer.com) We have been “Twitter Friends” with Janice Person for probably close to a year now. For the majority of that time, we simply called her JP, as do most Social Media people, because of her Twitter handle @JPLovesCotton and her blog www.JPlovescotton.com. While in Honolulu for the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in January, we went to a Tweet-up with Janice (where she served delicious and FREE mai tais!) and were finally able to meet her in person. I must say, JPLovesCotton is Janice. She is the same person online as she is in person: always giving and kind, knowledgeable and head-over-heels in love with agriculture. She is the kind of friend every person should have, even if they never get to see them in person
- Aloha From Hawaii Farm Bureau President Dean Okimoto (guest post for farmbureau.wordpress.com for work) – Last Friday, I was lucky enough to get out on a tour that helped me learn a little about Hawaiian agriculture. A highlight was meeting Dean Okimoto a farmer on Oahu who mainly grows baby greens, herbs and specialty vegetables for restaurants in Oahu or to sell through farmers’ markets. His family’s 16 acres on the windward side of the island dates back to the 1950s. And he is the current president of the Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation. Dean took the time to tell me a bit about his farm and the exciting agricultural community in Hawaii that includes farms which are very small in size compared to many on the mainland but with the year-round productivity farmers here have the possibility of being viable on such small acreage. At the same time, Dean talks about the importance of the ag community, both looking across different groups on the islands and those on the mainland as farmers have many shared interests that transcend farm size, production practices, etc. (Video of Dean Okimoto in original post.)
- Farm Bureau Members Get to See Hawaiian Agriculture (guest post for farmbureau.wordpress.com for work)– Getting to make a couple of trips to our research station in Kunia, Oahu stands out for me among the week of meetings, events and dinners. I have to say, seeing farms that are distinctly different from others farms I’ve seen always gets my mind to wandering. Add that I’m seeing the farms with farmers who also find it unique and I could spend all day on these tours! The focus on water, land and labor is familiar and yet totally different! While our farm is focused on initial variety multiplication for corn and soybeans, I also had the chance to learn about some of the local crops grown on small farms. (Numerous photos in original post.)
- One Farmer’s Reaction to the #AFBF12 Opening General Session (guest post for farmbureau.wordpress.com for work) – The general sessions during the annual meeting are huge – thousands of farmers from all over the U.S. come to them to get the latest news and information about agriculture and the Farm Bureau. To get the feel of the opening session from a grassroots perspective, I had Washington rancher George Irwin give me his impressions as well as tell me about his farm. One of the first things on the agenda that grabbed his attention was Hawaii Governor Neil Abecrombie talking about his commitment to get agriculture in the classroom and to get students hands-on knowledge about food production. George said his wife works with the 4H programs in their area and having seen first-hand how much can come from exposure to agriculture, he thinks the program would be beneficial to schools everywhere. The fact that diversity doesn’t divide but unifies the people of Hawaii is something that can really be built from resonated for George. The speech by Bob Stallman grabbed George as well as the agricultural industry is a good place to be. But he also took time to address a few issues like dust that need to be addressed. As the Farm Bureau looks at all the things that need to be done and how best to meet the challenges ahead, there is a lot of promise. (Video of George Irwin in original post.)
- New Tool Available to Measure On-Farm Sustainability (guest post for farmbureau.wordpress.com for work) – Among the exhibitor seminars that grabbed time on the schedule of farmers attending the Farm Bureau’s annual meeting was a session Field to Market presented on their new Fieldprint Calculator. Field to Market is a collaboration of diverse organizations (including Monsanto) with interest in food, farm, conservation and the environment. Presenters showed a short overview video which does a great job of helping people new to the initiative understand the effort. Videos by the two primary presenters are part of the original post.
- Opening the General Session with a Closer (guest post for farmbureau.wordpress.com for work) – The American Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Meeting always closes the last general session with the awards to Young Farmers & Ranchers who have been competing for the Discussion Meet, Award of Excellence and Excellence in Agriculture. Yesterday I started the closing session by talking briefly to a great friend through social media, Michigan fruit farmer Ben LaCross, who has served as chairman of the national YF&R Committee for the past year. Ben does a great job summarizing the activities of the group from his perspective. I also recommend you read the a blog post or two on why young farmers and ranchers are here and the discussion meet to hear from two of the YFR participants. (Video of Ben is among the items on the original post.)
- Janice Person (on ruralwomenrock.blogspot.com) – Janice is one of those fantastic ladies who is out and about in the world with a smile ready and willing to help. I have known her just a short time, but loving this woman. If she’s not rural, then I don’t know who is. Get deep in her blog, and you will understand why. She is giving rural a voice and a helping hand wherever she goes. Did I mention I received my first ever tweet from Janice?
- Podcasts of the 140 Characters Conference SmallTown (on beckymccray.com) — “One benefit of not offering speakers the ability to share slides is a much more engaging speaker. And almost all of the time this also means it doesn’t have to shared as a video. The talks are that good.” –Jeff Pulver So, Jeff decided to rescue some more of the audio we captured using photos of speakers or the video, if it was available. So here are a whole bunch more videos from 140 Conference Small Town.
- Video guide to 140 Conference SmallTown 2011 (on beckymccray.com) – The people who came to the 140 Characters Conference SmallTown in Hutchinson, Kansas, shared stories from their heart. We had technical issues up through about 11 am, so some of our video is barely there. I apologize for that. We’re rounding up any other video we can get our hands on to fill in gaps. As we have any updates, I’ll put them here.
- Margie Clayman Interviews Janice Person of Monsanto (on margieclayman.com) – For as long as I’ve known about Monsanto, I have only ever seen bad news about them. I first heard the name when I read Animal Vegetable Miracle. Then I heard about them again when I watched Food Inc. One of the wonders of the world of social media is that pretenses you bring from your own life can be popped like a big bubble. Whenever I pictured Monsanto I pictured a sort of Earthly rendition of the Emperor’s crew from Star Wars. Guys dressed all in black, kind of scary looking, and very mean, for sure.
- My Favorite Red-Haired Blogger Chicks – Part Two (on cherialbritton.posterous.com) – I think I should have written my original post about the number of blogger chicks I follow that DO NOT have red hair! Am I blind or something? I feel horrible that I forgot two, er three MORE red-haired writers who are favorites of mine. Part One list: @CherylHarrison http://www.beingcheryl.com/, @TheNakedRedhead ~ Sarah Storer http://www.thenakedredhead.com/, @WordsDoneWrite ~ Amber Avines http://www.wordsdonewrite.blogspot.com/, and @RachelintheOC ~ Rachel Thompson http://www.rachelintheoc.com/. Again, in no particular order: @JPlovesCOTTON ~ Janice Person is a member of the public affairs team for Monsanto. But that’s not how I got acquainted with her. My round about introduction came through the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (@OFBF) and then through a very social media connected Ohio farmer, Mike Haley (@farmerhaley). Actually the US agriculture and farm/ranch community is one of the most cohesive tech savvy communities I see using social media sites to stay in touch and stay on top of the game. Something like 2% of the US population are farmers and ranchers who have been operating small family businesses for several generations. And let’s face it folks, we haven’t consistently made it easy for them to continue do so! But that’s another story and there more informed people than I that can insure their legacies stay alive. Follow #agchat on Twitter and you will see what I mean.
- Interview with Ray Bowman of Food & Farm Web Radio about the 2011 AgChat Foundation Conference (on feedstuffsfoodlink.com)
- The Constant Decision of Whether to Upgrade or Not (on the MobileFarmer.com) – Friends and family have come to expect me to have the latest technology, especially around computers and cameras. I’m the person who had the first digital camera in my part of the world and who soon after was pushing for the smallest one on the market. With my love of music, I got addicted to iPods early and of course, I had to have an iPad as soon as they hit the market (one of my earliest posts on iPads). But each time I’ve done this, the decision to upgrade was not an automatic one. So how do I decided whether to upgrade a tech gadget?
- The Constant Decision of Whether to Upgrade or Not – Friends and family have come to expect me to have the latest technology, especially around computers and cameras. I’m the person who had the first digital camera in my part of the world and who soon after was pushing for the smallest one on the market. With my love of music, I got addicted to iPods early and of course, I had to have an iPad as soon as they hit the market (one of my earliest posts on iPads). But each time I’ve done this, the decision to upgrade was not an automatic one. So how do I decided whether to upgrade a tech gadget?
- Ag is in Their Soul (on farmnwife.com) – In my quest to find farm bloggers to be the next featured farmer on FARMnWIFE.com, I have come across many, many wonderful blogs of men and women who are just as excited about agriculture as anyone who runs a tractor for a living. Most ,but not all, grew up on a family farm and moved on to another occupation. Some came to love ag later. I wanted to feature a few of them to show my gratitude for their blogging efforts in support of the ag industry and consumer education.
- Developing a Comment Policy (guest post on bloggertalk.com) – Does your blog have a comment policy? In this guest post Janice Person discusses how to develop a comment policy for your blog. Blogs that have an active legal connection are usually launched with a variety of policies, but there are some that help guide the interactions with others. A comment policy provides this framework for interactions and while it may not be called on routinely, having one in place proactively can save bloggers heartburn over what to do when comments seem to take a bad turn. If you have been blogging long and done well at encouraging interaction, you have likely either used your comment policy to guide some interaction or have wondered what on earth you should do about some comments!
- Monday’s agriculture website of interest: LIST BY GUEST BLOGGER JANICE PERSON (guest post on cowartandmore.blogspot.com) – *For today’s post, I asked blogger Janice Person (@JPLovesCotton) to share some of her favorite agricultural websites. Janice was born and raised a “city girl” but ended up taking her first job within the agriculture industry after receiving a journalism degree. Her blog,jplovescotton.wordpress.com, details her adventures within the agriculture.* It sounds like a simple question – what are your favorite agricultural websites / online resources? When Kathy asked if I’d write it, I thought that sounded fairly easy. Then I’ve given it more thought. And still more thought. There are so many great ones.
- Janice is Ag-Thankful (guest post on agricultureproud.com) – When Ryan sent several folks a note asking whether we would be willing to write a guest post explaining why we are ag thankful, I immediately said yes. Then the reality of the world stepped in and I found myself struggling to find a specific reason for being ag thankful for me to focus on. It’s not that I’m not thankful, it’s just I couldn’t find one or two things to focus on for a blog post! Reality is, I have dozens of things I’m thankful for in ag. So rather than try and tell a story that I tend to share pieces of on my blog every week, I’m going to list some of the biggest things to come to mind right now.
- Ag Media Conversations (AMC 0041) – Janice Person, aka @JPLovesCotton, shares on agriculture, food, fuel, and fiber (on trufflemedia.com) — Janice Person ( @JPlovesCOTTON ) is a city girl who loves cotton & biotech, talks & takes photos, does PR for Monsanto, loves Memphis Tigers & travel, and is tweeting her view of the world. You can also learn more about Janice’s point of view on agriculture, food, fuel, and fiber through her blog at http://JPlovesCOTTON.wordpress.com/
- Dairy awareness #moo -ving on up in Twitter (on gilmerdairy.blogspot.com) — In the early days of my Twittering, I stumbled into friendships with several farmers that was immortalized in #moo. Yep, a bunch of us in agriculture circles got Twitter to #moo and the hashtag caught hold like wildfire. This blog post was one of the few that helped capture the reason behind it and the excitement with which a few of us greeted the day.