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Tweeting is our daily routine
ocial media is ever growing in popularity and it seems like nowadays everyone’s Mum, Gran and dog is on Twitter. There is a large community of farmers tweeting daily about what they are up to on the farm, in the tractor and more recently in the lambing shed… I have said in the past that I think social media is a brilliant way to get the public interested and involved in what is going on in the farming community, but it is also a vital tool for farmers all over the country to get in touch and support each other. There are so many different accounts promoting agriculture such as Farmers of the UK and more recently Young Farmers of the UK, which I have been pleased to host. It is a really easy and effective way to spread a positive message about what the farmers of the UK are doing and how people can support them. Creating a more personal link between the producers and the consumers is a great way to encourage the public to buy British. People are more likely to pick up a packet of British lamb rather than New Zealand lamb if they can make a link with where it is coming from and feel like they are supporting a farmer and their family. For farmers, social media is a fantastic support network and a great place to share ideas and opinions. Weekly events such as #AgriChatUK, which takes place every Thursday from 8-9:30 pm, provides a place for farmers all over the country to discuss current issues, future ideas or just to put any questions they have to a wider audience. In general, the whole agricultural community on Twitter is nothing but helpful and supportive. Following on from that, the second week of May is officially Mental Health Awareness Week and with the recent focus on mental health within the agricultural industry, it is especially important to emphasise that there is always someone to talk to whether it is that you need help with something, or you just want someone to chat to… There is also a brilliant support network through ‘Farming Help’ which encompasses the Addington Fund, the FCN and the R.A.B.I who all aim to support farmers going through difficult circumstances.
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Twitter connecting young farmers
A twitter account dedicated to sharing the voices of young farmers across the UK & Ireland has been launched. Curator Georgie Moore said "My hope is that the account will give young farmers, those from farming families and new entrants, a place to interact and tell their stories. Young Farmers of the UK has been well received and the number of followers is rising steadily with a varied list of young farmers already booked to take over the account on a weekly basis" Tweet us @YoungfarmersUK to get involved.
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Published on May 11, 2017
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