Farmer On a Mission

Sarah Bedgar Wilson, M.S.

  • clientuploads/Sarah Wilson.jpgShake hands.    Sample introduction: “Hi my name is _______. I make food and food ingredients.”
  • Befriend your neighbor on airplanes. Strike up a discussion about agriculture. If you cannot answer their questions get their contact information and FOLLOW UP!
  • Pro-agriculture voice mail message
  • Pro-ag License Plate: “DAIRY”, “HAM&EGS”, “LV2FRM”,“AGVOC8”
  • Join your local Chamber of Commerce
  • Build relationships with legislators
  • Write/E-mail your legislators offering to be a resource on agriculture issues
  • Send them a Christmas card
  • Invite them to your farm/ranch
  • Host a fundraiser on your farm/ranch
  • Partner with educators
  • Pen Pals-  exchange letters with a local or urban classroom
  • Adopt a classroom.  Visit and bring things for the students to touch/see/smell.
  • “Accurate Ag Books” story time for local classroom or daycare (www.agfoundation.org)
  • Offer to read at a weekly “story time” or during the summer reading program at your local library
  • Build relationships with the media
  • Take local media (newspaper, radio, TV) milk & cookies and ag. facts
  • Write pro-ag letters to the editor
  • Have a float in your local/homecoming parade
  • Faith-based Ag. Education
  • Agricultural lessons in Vacation Bible School and/or Sunday School
  • Present your testimony.  For me, faith and farming go hand in hand.
  • Offer to give or contribute to the Sunday morning message (especially appropriate at Thanksgiving).
  • VOTE!!!
  • Team up w/other farms and/or ag businesses. Host a local ag. tour or field day
  • Host a farm/ranch tour for students and/or the community
  • When purchasing, read labels and check “foundation” donations- make sure they are friendly to modern agriculture. (www.activistcash.com, www.humanewatch.com)
  • Social Media:
  • Join Facebook and post updates about your career or farm/ranch (www.facebook.com)
  • Start a Facebook Fan Page for your farm/ranch (www.facebook.com)
  • Start a blog (www.blogger.com, www.wordpress.com, both free and simple to use)
  • Join Twitter and post career/farm/ranch updates (www.twitter.com)
  • Post short videos about your career/farm/ranch on YouTube (www.youtube.com) 
  • For tips/training in social media check out www.agchat.com 
  • Have business cards made up.  Include all your ag. advocacy contact information. Put ag facts on the back of your business cards.
  • Make a farm brochure with history of your farm/ranch and explanation of production methods. Present when hosting farm tours and give copies to local tourism office.
  • Build relationships with local Humane Societies and Women’s Clubs.