Facts on the AgChat Foundation as it Celebrates Its First Year

AgChat FoundationA year ago, I was proud to be a volunteer on the team of people launching the AgChat Foundation. And I must admit, while there was a real rush of adrenaline associated with the Foundation’s launch, there was some sense of wonder about whether a small group of people could start such an ambitious project in the midst of a community that offered incredible support and through mediums that include so many critics.

While some of the things we had hoped to accomplish were overly ambitious, it appears to me that we underestimated the power our community had in other areas. The first training session was incredible and the number of people who are reaching out to help other farmers learn about how to use social media is incredible. I wanted to look back and highlight just some of the accomplishments of which I think the AgChat Foundation volunteers should be proud.

Who is part of the AgChat Foundation? 

With the dynamic of social media, the inclusiveness of AgChat Foundation makes participation and interest in the mission of “empowering farmers and ranchers to connect communities through social media platforms.”

  • Volunteers who serve as officers, members of the voting board and members of the advisory board can be seen on the Faces of the Foundation page of the website. The Foundation is also lucky to have volunteers who help further that mission through doing work with teams focused on communications, training, fund-raising, strategic campaigns, technology scholarships and data analysis.
  • People who have participated in the Foundation’s training are probably the best judges of the organization’s activity and whether the mission is being accomplished. There has been one full-blown training conference that was held in Chicago in August. You can follow those folks on Twitter thanks to a list the Foundation created. A number of others were able to participate in a workshop in
  • There are also a number of individuals, companies and organizations who have supported the Foundation through financial and service donations.

If you haven’t officially connected with the Foundation, I suggest you get to it! Get in touch with the Foundation’s leadership at info@agchat.org if you’d like to volunteer for one of the teams working to empower farmers or go to the PayPal account on the top left of agchat.org to contribute. I can tell you that it has been incredibly rewarding for me personally.

What do we have to be proud of?

Besides the fact that the organization was launched successfully and the volunteers not only got some projects off the ground, but have grown significantly in the first year!  Some of the things I think are highlights are:

On a personal level, its been unbelievably rewarding to have a venue where I could meet so many people with shared interests in agriculture AND social media. To bring biotech and organic, small and big, suburban and WAY off the beaten path together to work together is the kind of accomplishment that many have attempted and failed and many have also tried to make sure such efforts weren’t successful. To think I had even the tiniest bit of that success, is something that I find invokes great pride and humility.

Thank You All

I want to thank all of the people who have given me a hand on social media this year and hope that I have paid it forward! Whether it was offering advice on a post, liking or RTing something I wrote about my ag perspective, sharing a story of yours, grinning as I snapped a photo, lending an ear when I was thrilled about something or frustrated about something or whatever it was.  Thanks for making this one incredible year.  I can only imagine what the future holds for the AgChat Foundation!

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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5 Responses to Facts on the AgChat Foundation as it Celebrates Its First Year

  1. Nancy O'Mallon April 5, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    Congratulations & thank you to the AgChat team for one full year of your awe-inspiring focus on farming! Wishing you all much continued success!

    ~ About Harvest

    • JPlovesCOTTON April 5, 2011 at 8:52 am #

      Thanks Nancy! The fun thing about this — we get to plant and harvest simultaneously! How awesome is that?

  2. kellymrivard April 5, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    Awesome post, JP. Let me share a virtual toast with you over all your hard work on #AgChat and AgChat Foundation. It’s been great working with you and getting to know you.

  3. Nancy~The Wife of a Dairyman April 5, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

    Another great and informative post Janice! You are my ‘go to girl’ when I have any questions regarding blogging, that’s for sure. Thanks for always making yourself available to those who need assistance! And Happy B-Day Agchat:)

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