The AFBF13 Guest Bloggers are involved in all types of food and fiber production across the nation…most are farmers and ranchers but some work in related fields. Although they come from diverse agricultural backgrounds, they all share a strong interest in using social media to connect with people who are curious about where the food that they eat comes from and how it is grown.
agricultureproud is Ryan Goodman, a Farm Bureau member from Arkansas who is pursuing a Master’s in beef cattle reproduction and management at the University of Tennessee. His personal blog is Agriculture Proud, http://agricultureproud.com/. In 2012, he was invited to contribute to CNN’s Eatocracy blog. His published posts included No Bull – What a Farmer Wants You to Know About How Beef Gets to Your Plate and Farmers Aren’t Evil. Now Can we Have a Civil Conversation? Find him on Twitter (@AR_ranchhand).
alarmclockwars is Marybeth Feutz, DVM, of Indiana. She and her husband, John, have a beef cattle farm and work together in their family’s veterinary practice. She is a member of the Indiana Farm Bureau’s Women’s Leadership Committee. Check out her blogs: AgriCultured — Where People Who Eat Get Their Food Questions Answered (http://www.agricultured.org/about/) and Alarm Clock Wars (http://www.alarmclockwars.com/). Find her on Twitter (@AlarmClockWars).
amandalewishill is Amanda Hill, associate editor at Texas Farm Bureau. Amanda writes for Texas Table Top, a blog engaging in conversations about food, nutrition and farming in the Lone Star State. She also helps manage Texas Farm Bureau’s social media efforts, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more. Find her on Twitter (@amandalhill).
chrischinn is a Farm Bureau member in Missouri, serves on the Missouri Farm Bureau board of directors and will represent her state at the delegate session in Nashville. She is a hog producer, 5th-generation family farmer and former chair of the national AFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. Find her on Facebook and Twitter (@ChrisChinn).
commonsenseagriculture is Jeff Fowle, a Farm Bureau member in California and partner in Just Farmers. On his ranch you will find cattle,horses and hay. He will represent California at the delegate session in Nashville. Follow him on Twitter (@jefffowle) and read his blog here: http://commonsenseagriculture.com/. Find more posts by Jeff at justfarmers.biz and knowacaliforniafarmer.com.
Janice AKA JPLovesCotton is Janice Person, a city girl who loves cotton and biotechnology. Her work in public affairs for Monsanto includes blogging and social media outreach. A colorful adventure is her personal blog. Follow her on Twitter (@JPLovesCotton) and find her on Facebook.
katiepinke is Katie Pinke, a North Dakota Farm Bureau member raised on a 5th-generation farm family in North Dakota that her parents currently operate. Crops they grow include winter wheat, barley, pinto beans, soybeans, canola and corn. Katie is mom to three kids and her husband owns a lumberyard and general contracting business that does 80 percent of its business in agriculture buildings and construction. She lives 97 miles from a Starbuck’s and her personal blog is thepinkepost.com. Another hat Katie wears is director of marketing and information at the North Dakota Department of Agriculture. Find her on Twitter (@katpinke) and Facebook (Katie Lukens Pinke).
sarahdcarte is Sarah Carte of Florida, a wife, mother and fourth-generation farmer. She currently serves as vice-chair of the Florida Farm Bureau’s Women’s Leadership Committee. Her Twitter name is @sarahdcarte and she’s also on Facebook (Sarah Dasher Carte).
tjgilbert is Terry Gilbert, chair of the AFB Women’s Leadership Committee. Terry and her husband are farmers in Kentucky, where they raise beef cattle and corn. Find her on Twitter (@trg1173) and Facebook (Terry Rye Gilbert).
wagfarms is Val Wagner, a North Dakota farmer and rancher. The Wag’n Tales blog features stories from this mom of four who loves farm life and invites readers to come along for the ride. Follow Val on Twitter (@wagfarms) and find her on Facebook. She is a member of the North Dakota Farm Bureau’s Promotion & Education Committee.
zjhunn is Zach Hunnicutt, a Nebraska farmer. He farms with his dad and brother, growing field corn and soybeans for livestock, and popcorn for people. Find him on Facebook and Twitter (@zjhunn).