Want the latest on interactive? Talk to farmers!

There are lots of learning opportunities out there to hear about interactive media. In fact, social media seems to be a buzzword that spawns lots of sessions at lots of conferences every week. But where would someone go if they wanted to get the absolute latest social media and interactive information? If they wanted to be part of that conversation representing their viewpoint?

Easy answer to that question for me SXSW — said as South by Southwest. And specifically, SXSWi which is the first in a series of events – the one on interactive, one on film and one on music. Its the hip place to be if you want to stay up to speed on the latest and greatest. In short, its exactly where I’d expect to see some of the farmers I’m friends with. (I can hear the old school record scratch associated with some folks — would have said heard brakes squealing but there is no SXSW auto or bike :) )

farmer panel at SXSW 2011Lots of people have worked on getting a panel of farmers submitted, selected, and traveling (here’s a post Kelly Rivard did on her role). I’ve made tiny contributions but like to think that I’ll get to see an insiders view of SXSW from the people going. And I am incredibly pumped that the panel going will have a chance to get people thinking about agriculture in such a high tech, collaborative venue. That’s the side of agriculture I know so well and I have to think some folks will have their eyes opened to the fact there are LOTS OF FARMERS engaged in social media, not just the four who get to carry the banner. But my pride in seeing agriculture stepping up to the plate and connecting directly with so many other people using interactive media…. well, it is staggering. And I just can’t help smiling.

Just look at the folks who will be talking about agriculture and technology this weekend in Austin — Chris Chinn (Twitter & blog), Emily Zweber (Twitterblog), Jeff Fowle (Twitterblog) and Zach Hunnicutt (Twitter). Marla Shulman (Twitter) will be moderating the session.

You really should read up on what each of these great people have posted to their blogs. The stories are incredibly different, but the ribbons that ties them together are a love of farming and an interest in connecting with people who have an interest in where their food comes from beyond the supermarket or restaurant.

Quite a few things about the panel are available:

Before I sign off, I have to put in a shoutout for the #BlogChat live session Sunday night. Will totally be living vicariously through others!

About Janice Person

I'm Janice & this blog is about my passions -- photography, travel, agriculture & whatever else comes to mind. Putting all those things together is intriguing to me…. I can spend a lot of time soaking it up! It's almost always a colorful adventure!

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