Archive | October, 2013

Will ObamaCare Affect Agriculture?

30 Oct

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As many of us already know, President Obama has created a new healthcare policy that will soon be in full swing across the country. Under this Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, employers were pressured to cut hours and benefits in order to avoid paying for insurance policies for everyone. Now the marginally profitable businesses are facing a huge dilemma because the law is forcing them to pay for expensive benefits that were never originally included in their compensation packages.

This could potentially cause drastic changes for farmers, ranchers, small businesses, etc. The cost, inconvenience, and liabilities involved will take a toll on companies and penalties will be charged to employers and individuals who do not comply with the new healthcare bill by next year. There are some exceptions to the act such as seasonal employees, but if a ton are employed for harvest, for instance, then the rules may still apply.

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 So, will ObamaCare affect agriculture? ObamaCare is complicated and constantly changing, but it will effect every American in the long run. So, I encourage everyone to read up about it and continue to be aware of what is happening in our world today and what the future may hold.

 

 

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#Hashtag

23 Oct

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Hash tags. You either love them, hate them, or know nothing about them.

 

This simple social media tool allows people to use words and phrases to link up with trending topics, news, groups, etc. The whole idea behind the hash tag creation was to mark messages as relevant to a particular group. So, the message or word automatically connects you to a topic or “channel” related to that hash tag. This allows people to find out more information regarding their specific interests.

A tool? Or is it making you look like one?

A tool? Or is it making you look like one?

However, the dilemma with this ever-so-popular, easy-to-use web tool is that it’s overly used at times and can cause a lot of havoc for people.  #Fail  <—-See what I did there? That one little word was used as reinforcement to my sentence, but it could also be used to link up the word fail with a webpage full of things related to failing in life.

Here are some other downfalls of using the hash tag in social media:

1. Using hash tags in reference to your place of work. It opens up the opportunity for you to get the company name out there in means of gaining popularity and interest, but it can also allow people to share bad experiences and result in  lots of negative feedback. Or even worse, you get caught talking crap on your employer. #Fired

2. Becoming an annoyance to everyone because you overdo it. #This #Makes #You #Look #Bad #Don’tDoIt

3. Misleading people. If you use a word or phrase that isn’t relevant to the subject matter then people may discredit you and your information. So it’s important to choose clever or catchy words that tie in to what you are selling/sharing. #Bacon

4. Last, but not least, it makes you seem less intelligent if used incorrectly. We all make simple spelling errors and things like that all the time, but if you repeatedly add senseless words on social sites then you will most likely lose out on popularity. #NotCool

On a better note, there are tons of benefits of using the hash tag.

For instance, when thinking of a business, you could introduce your brand or services. By getting your company name out there via social media networks, you could potentially gain followers, fans, and possibly customers to buy whatever it is you’re selling! #winning

Enough ranting for today. I just wanted to point out some of the frustrating things that I see and hear of people doing when it comes to using the hash tag. I think, if used correctly, it can open a lot of doors for a business to share information and draw in consumers. I personally love using it to make a point in posts. But, it’s always a good idea to be aware of what you are sharing online!!

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Shutdown Impacts On Agriculture

16 Oct

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As many of you probably already know, the federal government is partially shutdown and has been for a couple of weeks now. This means that several government services and agencies are closed, suspended or otherwise impacted in some way. This could potentially affect numerous establishments. 

 

The things being impacted the most include:

  • Benefits for veterans and the disabled
  • Delayed paychecks to federal workers
  • A decrease in funds for health programs such as the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program
  • Clinical research centers
  • Tourist destinations such as parks and museums
  • Head start programs
  • And last, but certainly not least, food-safety operations.

The Food and Drug Association had to cease most of it food-safety operations which includes inspections, compliance and enforcement activities, monitoring of imports, notification programs, and lab research.

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Here are a few more things being negatively influenced in Agriculture:

  1. Crop progress reports
  2. Animal inventories
  3. Market news, reports, and stats along with projections and other economic factors.
  4. Farm Service Agency (FSA), which implements farm conservation and regulation laws.

 

Not all food-safety oversight is being halted, there will still be inspection on meat, poultry and egg products. Also, weighing services and some other crucial inspections will still be available. If the shutdown remains in effect it could have major consequences on Americans. There are a lot of other people being penalized besides the ones that I listed above. It just makes me wonder how long the shutdown will last and what will happen to the ones impacted? I hope a decision is reached soon and one that is for the betterment of our country.

 

Transitioning Into Adulthood

9 Oct

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Here I am just 65 days from walking down the aisle to receive my piece of paper saying that I graduated college! While this is a very exciting time in my life, I am also starting to stress and worry a little about what’s to come. I am now entering the phase where you begin applying for “big girl” jobs. I have been reading a lot of helpful tips and I had a mock interview to better prepare myself, but I’d say this is no easy task for anyone.

I stumbled upon a helpful article that I think highlights key factors in having a successful job search. Check out these Job Hunting Tips.

Here are a few strategies to keep in mind:

1. Plan ahead and spend at least an hour or more per day preparing. If you fail to plan, plan to fail.

2. Utilize as many resources as possible.

3.  Network, Network, Network. Life is all about who you know sometimes!

4. Be confident. Go directly to employers and show them you want the job.

5. Be persistent. Do a follow up call or email to let them know you are interested.

6. Know yourself and what your strengths and weaknesses are.

There are so many things to keep in mind when considering a career and your future, but I think with a little determination and a few other things, you can go pretty far!

 

 

Ozarks Farm and Neighbor

2 Oct
Autumn is finally here.

Happy Fall Y’all!

In order to acquire the skills needed to promote agriculture using today’s technology of social media, news releases and viral marketing, I decided to take a public relations class during my last semester at Missouri State. By doing this, I am gaining knowledge that allows me to be more creative with marketing and sales, as well as learning how to create public relations/social media for a business or organization in the future.

Last week my class had a guest speaker by the name of Lynzee Glass. Lynzee is the managing editor for the newspaper Ozarks Farm and Neighbor which is known as the most read farm newspaper around. The paper focuses on things such as animal health, livestock breeders, associations and sales, equipment, supplies, feed, etc. It targets livestock producers in the Ozark area covering Southwest Missouri, Northwest Arkansas, and Eastern Oklahoma.

Every three weeks a new paper is published which reaches around 58,000 readers, with the average reader being between 35-64 years old. Most of the buyers of this paper are running cow/calf productions and aren’t all as connected to the social media world as the rest of us. So the struggle Ozark Farm and Neighbor has encountered is reaching more people via the internet and social media websites. They have created a Facebook page and Twitter account which are both growing more and more over the months, but there is still the need for more readership and marketing.

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The question is, Are people (specifically older farmers) trying to avoid social media? I think a lot of them are, yes. There are still plenty of people out there that despise the internet, mainly because they can’t work computers and other technology. But, adapting to this new technology and social media is almost a MUST these days in order to have a successful business or stand out from competitors.

I’m suggesting the idea of taking a poll to find out what each reader would specifically like to see in the news and ideas of what to talk about in the future papers to come. Surveys will allow the reader to give their opinions and in return it lets Ozark Farm and Neighbor figure out where to expand and what areas to focus on.

That is just my two cents. What would help with this kind of struggle?

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