Below are the three major points/lessons learned from ACOM 5308 this summer.
Social Media Tools
There are numerous social media tools available and new ones are constantly being added to the mix, making it hard to keep up. I really enjoyed learning about the various social media tools, but in particular the new ones assigned to us to research. I’m glad I was assigned Storify because not only did I learn about it, but hopefully can utilize it in the classroom and develop an innovative idea poster to present at a conference. Furthermore, I’m excited about my research proposal of utilizing Pinterest in the agriculture classroom. This is a newer social media tool and I’m excited to see how students will perceive utilizing it in the classroom.
Web Design Trends in 2012
Web design is ever evolving and I really enjoyed learning about this year’s trends. I see new and innovative Web designs often, but have never thought about putting them in the category of trend. Some which stood out to me were:
I think these stood out to me the most because they are innovative and hopefully I can integrate learning how to create some, like the big vector art, in my graphic design class in the fall. Furthermore, it’s important to keep up with the trends and changing design schemas in order to stay abreast of what consumers are demanding and what the industry is leaning toward.
Mobile Devices and Apps
I do not have a smartphone (I know it’s just crazy) so learning about the various apps you can download (because I do have an iPod and an iPad) really intrigued me. Mobile devices and apps are an integral part of everyday life. Mobile devices are replacing landline phones and apps are important features businesses and organizations can create to entice their customers and/or target audience. One app in particular that stood out to me is the SCVNGR app. I’m the social chair for the Agricultural Education and Communications Graduate Organization (AECGO) and one thing I have been tossing around in my head is to do a scavenger hunt for the new graduate students in order to help them learn various parts and important buildings on campus. Especially since there will be agricultural communications students involved, I think learning how to use this app and incorporating it would be a fun and new way to conduct a scavenger hunt.
Note: I created a word cloud because I want to incorporate reflective word clouds in my class in the fall and I thought this would be a great assignment for me to test it out.
For this blog post, we were tasked to blog about 10 examples of agriculture in social media. Below you will find brief descriptions and links to 10 examples. All, of which, are varying in content and social media platform. They are in no particular order.
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (LinkedIn Group)
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association does a good job with their group on LinkedIn. There’s a variety of information posted including jobs, agriculture industry news, and general tips and advice. They encourage discussions and making connections. I believe the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association does a good job promoting agriculture and creating a conversation through the social media platform LinkedIn.
AgChat Foundation (Twitter)
The AgChat Foundation has done an outstanding job creating discussion in the agriculture community on Twitter. They host discussions on Tuesday nights which has a different topic encompassing agriculture in some form or fashion each time. AgChat Foundation also posts interesting tweets and articles links. AgChat Foundation is definitely a good one to follow for agriculturists and those interested in agriculture.
I am Agriculture Proud (Facebook Group)
I am Agriculture Proud is a Facebook group dedicated to agriculturists who are excited and proud to be a part of the agriculture industry. Ryan Goodman established this group. He has done a great job of posting articles and agriculture information. Furthermore, members of the group are comfortable posting and informing others in the industry about what they’re doing.
Taste Arkansas (Blog)
The Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation created the Taste Arkansas blog. This blog is dedicated to posting recipes with pictures and instructions. Tara Johnson does a great job consistently posting recipes as well as other featured bloggers. Taste Arkansas also has other pages including a featured farmer page.
Meat MythCrushers (Facebook)
Meat MythCrushers is exactly what it sounds like. They are dedicated to correcting misinformation to the public concerning meat. They do a great job of posting facts including articles as supporting information.
The USDA has done a great job of posting articles and information for agriculturists and the general public. I believe this blog helps to showcase how the USDA does more than government work, but community work as well. I also believe they provide articles in the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food category to help with transparency between the farmers and the public.
Ranch House Designs, Inc. is an all-encompassing agriculture marketing company. I enjoy this blog because they post about new clients and the services they provide. Rachel Cutrer has a great design team who are extremely creative and talented. I also think Rachel does a great job of personalizing the blog and throwing in a few stories here and there.
Truffle Media (Blog)
Truffle Media does a great job about posting agriculture industry information. This information is always up-to-date. Furthermore, they don’t focus on one particular sector of the agriculture industry. They post a variety of information so no matter what sector of agriculture you’re particularly interested in, you’ll find newsworthy information here.
i2agriculture has a very informative approach to tweeting. They post not only about agriculture, but post interesting information for the general public as a whole. They tweet interesting facts and articles appealing to a wide array of audiences.
Pork, Knife and Spoon (Blog)
Pork, Knife and Spoon is sponsored by the National Pork Board. This blog features recipes all about pork. They provide pictures along with recipes and instructions. I really enjoy this blog because sometimes it’s hard to come up with new pork recipes. This blog is a great resource for cooks.
Listed below you will find 10 blogs I have found and enjoy. They are listed in no particular order with a link and brief description of each.
Deep South Dish is a blog all about cooking. Mary focuses on cooking southern food, mainly from scratch, so I really enjoy this blog. She posts pretty regularly to keep you intrigued. Furthermore, she posts a picture of the final product along with the recipe. There’s also links to other pages such as cooking tips.
Beth’s blog has entries about pictures, projects and printables. She also posts pictures along with her instructions to help you understand the topic/project better. There’s also a categories section so you can access what you’re looking for more easily. One neat thing about her blog is her printables section. Here you can find several different tags and labels to print.
Brittany has dedicated her blog to all things party. She provides posts about anything from party decorating ideas to party food ideas. I really enjoy the pictures she posts along with her instructions. When you’re having a party this would be a good blog to check out. You can also order books with specific party themes.
Julia is a busy lady. There’s recipes, project tutorials and also a page about preserving. She also posts about her family on her home page to make it a bit more personal. This is a neat blog with really great ideas and she keeps it up-to-date.
Jonathan and Anna enjoy creating picture frames. They also like DIY projects, in which I’ve seen several utilizing burlap. There are pictures along with the instructions helping to insure you are doing the right thing. Jonathan and Anna also like going to thrift stores and finding a good steal and fixin’ it up. They also have great photos they have taken posted on their blog.
This is a one stop shop blog. There’s several categories from projects and printables to food and party ideas. This is an interesting blog because the items featured look to be shared and provided by other bloggers. Quick summaries and pictures are provided and if you find something you’re interested in you click on it to view the entire entry.
I really love this blog. Jessica has done a great job of taking a photo and making color palettes from the colors in the picture. The colors always compliment each other and also have the color code listed so you can get the exact color. She also has books for sell containing the more popular color palettes from her blog.
Natalie’s blog is dedicated to all things food. She posts pictures of a completed recipe along with the recipe. She’s a personal chef sharing recipes to the home cook. There are also short stories to go along with the recipes giving them her personal touch.
Jen features recipes on her blog. She takes step-by-step photos along with her instructions on how to make a recipe. She also includes her Husband’s Picks, Tips and Tutorials and a photography section on her blog site. If you’re a food lover, you should check her out!
AgWeb features bloggers across various sectors of the agriculture industry. No matter what your agricultural interests are you will find a topic here to fit your needs. There’s also links to other publications and resources. For anything agriculture, this is a great blog to consider when needing to find out information.