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Check out the Peterson Farm Brothers!

4 Dec

You don’t have to necessarily know anything about Agriculture to find this video entertaining! Parody videos are really popular these days and these boys are quickly gaining a huge following with their farming videos. It’s neat because they are combining the hard work of farming with having a good time and producing food for all of us to eat!

 

 

Happy Tuesday!!

Reflection Time

1 Dec

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Here I am just a few short weeks away from graduating college with my Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Business-Sales/Marketing. Over the past year and a half I’ve learned a few things, some of which probably wasn’t necessary for my everyday use, but maybe I’ll benefit from the knowledge at some point in life. I had the opportunity to take a variety of different classes ranging anywhere from vet science to accounting, soils to law, and economics to marketing. So, basically, I got to pick and choose what I wanted to take in order to achieve my degree.

Along the way, I decided to take a Public Relations in Ag class. This class has tremendously expanded my knowledge in marketing and social media online, which can potentially lead to sales and revenue! I am lucky to have had such an awesome teacher to help guide me through it all and the projects/assignments definitely allowed me to learn and see how easy it is to use some of these online tools.

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Just a few tips I have gained from taking this class:

-To succeed on the web or in any business you must consider the buyer first!

-Build content specifically for a niche audience and tell an online story about your product, ideas, etc.

-Consider ways to help solve problems, entertain, or simply motivate others.

-Learn how to become transparent. Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not.

-Be creative, but still have a business state-of-mind.

-Give credit to other sources.

-How to create a social media plan for a company to incorporate online marketing strategies to help promote sales and future business.

 

Overall, I have learned a great deal in this course and I’m glad I took it during my last semester of college because it will be fresh in my mind and will help me when I start working for a company. You can never stop learning though, especially in the technological world because it is always changing. I think the key is to stay up with the times and always continue to do your homework!

Dairy Carrie

20 Nov

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Last Wednesday, we had a guest speaker in my public relations class by the name of Carrie Mess, also known as “Dairy Carrie”. She is a Wisconsin Dairy Farmer that has been in the business for about 5 and a half years now. Unlike many other farmers, Carrie did not grow up on a farm and had little to no dairy background before starting this business.

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Dairy Carrie has become a huge Agvocate, as many like to say, to the Agricultural world. She is really well known for not only her humor, but her ability to connect with the world and tell her story so well. People find her blog very easy to read and she has gained large numbers of followers in the past few years. In class she told us to “Tell the story and let that speak for the industry”. So she isn’t so much concerned with what others think of her story as long as it is real and out there. She is also part of the AgChat foundation which is a pretty big deal!

Here are some of the tips I picked up from her:

1. Social media only needs to take up the amount of time you need/want it to.

2. Showing everything is important sometimes. You can’t fake it all because reality isn’t phony.

3. You don’t have to put debatable topics up, but more so important points or inspiring things.

4. Don’t get super angry at the people that may be uneducated or stubborn because they may need to learn about the topic. 

5. Tell a story because nobody can say that your story is wrong. 

I was really impressed by her ability to draw in the readers/followers so easily with her words. Dairy Carrie has a lot of great advice for anyone who asks, especially in the agricultural world and she is becoming a big hit on social media sites so go check her out!!

Here is a link to her website: http://dairycarrie.com/

She is also on Facebook and Twitter under Dairy Carrie.

Daylight Savings Monologue- Funny or Not?

14 Nov

I realize that comedians take different approaches on delivering a good, entertaining show. However, was Pete Holmes taking it a bit too far? I think yes. I’m not usually one to get offended easily at all, but c’mon that’s the best thing you could come up with to laugh about…

 

I’m sure he wasn’t intentionally trying to say farmers are worthless idiots, but he sure did depict them as being something like it. I just think this is one of those things he should have thought about more in depth before he went live and hurt a lot of people’s feelings.

Your goal may be to get a good laugh out of people, but should you risk offending thousands all for a joke? The whole reason I came across this video was because it was brought up in one of my classes and several people were bothered by it. Just saying, think before you act (or speak in this case)!

The Apple vs. Microsoft Debate

6 Nov

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It’s no secret that the war between Apple and Microsoft has been going on for years. There will always be those certain two-sided debates that will forever be up for dispute. Chocolate vs. vanilla. Republican vs. Democrat. Chevy vs. Ford.

 

I am completely unbiased as to whether or not one is better than the other. I have owned an old Sony computer with Windows Vista operating system for years now and never really had an issue. However, at the time I purchased this old dinosaur, I wasn’t rich enough to afford a Mac computer. With all the new technology out there and opportunities to network through social media, I’ve decided it’s time to do my homework and find a computer that best suits me and will benefit me in the future.

According to my research so far, Microsoft has basically dominated the world’s operating systems market due to the fact that they created an operating system that is compatible with lots of different hardware that is created by companies such as HP, Dell, Sony, IBM, etc. Apple created a design that only works perfectly with their hardware. So that could potentially create issues when it comes to formatting of documents and things like that.

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The next thing I read up on was the reviews of features, prices, battery life, keyboards, etc. I am really picky about my keyboard. Some people prefer to have their keys spaced out to reach optimal typing speed, but I like the keys close together. Another big thing for me is the price, of course. Nowadays, all different brands can get pricey. I’ve found that Apple focuses more on the appearance and flashiness of its’ products as well as ease-of-use. While this is really nice and pretty to look at, I don’t wanna pay hundreds of more dollars for that unless there are some great added features that it offers as well.

One important thing that has jumped out at me with the Mac computers is that a lot of big social media companies are said to be using them. With my degree being in sales and marketing, this might be something I want to keep in mind. I know Apple is excelling as far as the creative programs go.

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I will also say that the Iphone 5 is awesome! I can admit that in the last several years of owning an Iphone, I have never experienced any major problems. So I guess I am not necessarily choosing one company over the other, but rather searching for the gadgets and gizmos that fit my needs and spending budget best. I’m still on the hunt!

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.

 

 

#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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