For the Farm: Industry News
Agriculture Blogs, Social Media and More!
When it comes to farm industry news and current events, do you ever wonder where all the best agriculture blogs are hidden?
Chances are: no. Probably not...
It even sounds a bit silly.
But think about it... Where is a good place to find helpful information as it breaks, relevant feature stories and trustworthy opinions from different sources that matter to you as Ontario farmers?
Welcome to Our
Farm Industry News Page!
And it is exactly that: the most recent stories from the most relevant organizations in the agricultural pipeline. The important farm industry news, front and center…
But this is, after all, the Maberly Agricultural Society News page, so allow us to kick things off with updates and stories from our own little neck of the woods. You'll notice our most recent blog posts over on the right, with those of the Lanark Master Gardeners.
A calendar of Ag-related events and reminders, plus this year's fair information, registration links, current weather and much more can be found in the sidebar (to the right on bigger screens, and toward the bottom on your phone or small tablet).
- Maberly Ag Society
- Lanark Master Gardeners
And check out our social feed... It has all of The Maberly Ag profiles, and we've included the Lanark Master Gardeners here too.
Click on anything to read more, like, and follow… All that fun social stuff!
We may not be the most prolific writers on the World Wide Web, but we'll do our best to keep everything engaged and full of relevant stuff- not only for our own local community, but for all rural Ontarians.
But we want to offer you so much more!
We’re not the only game in town… Or even one of the better ones, if we're being totally honest.
By “game”, of course we mean farm industry news source. And by ”town”, we mean the Ontario online community…
No time for semantics, people! Moving on.
Blogs and Social Media That Matter Most
It's far too easy to get distracted and lost on the Internet these days. You may start out with the best intentions, but- before you can even say “practical application”- you're reading other peoples' dirty laundry, playing some pointless clan warfare game or watching a cute compilation video of kittens and pygmy goats.
That's an extreme example, but it isn't too far from the truth (and you darn well know it).
Navigating the cyber universe to find only what we need is becoming more of a chore every day, especially as farmers and rural Ontarians.
News outlets and social media are just not focused on the issues that matter to us... they are as distracted and fragmented as we are.
That's exactly the problem we are trying to solve for you.
You may not end up coming back to this page every time you want a dose of agricultural news and social banter (or maybe you will), but at least you’ll have a decent starting list of people and places to visit. Bookmark and subscribe to any or all of these, and find some of your own too!
The most important farm industry news, after all, is what matters most to you. There are no errors when it comes to developing your own personal newsreel.
For Pure News
Without All the Chit Chat...
Let’s take a step back for a moment though…
Some of you may have questions.
What is a Blog?
And Why Are These the Best Agriculture Blogs?
I'm not sure that we actually made that claim...
But we sure do like the ring of it!
These things are subjective though, of course... Your preferences will not be ours, or Bob's down the road.
But we all have common ground, and we'd like to think we have compiled a list that includes the most important information for all of us.
Now, for the first question… We should not assume that everyone reading this already knows what a blog actually is.
Websites are websites, and the different social media have managed to more or less weave themselves into the very fabric of our lives… But blogging seems still to remain ambiguous, even though it has been in our faces for just as long as we’ve been liking, sharing and tweeting.
A very good nutshell, to begin: think of blogs as online journals.
Unlike a traditional-style static website, a blog is just a chronological list of “journal entries”.
Interactive journals too! Unlike standard web pages, most blogs welcome our comments and questions. This gives us a very easy and accessible way to start a dialogue with the organizations around us.
And- much like journals- blogs can be many things, but one thing for sure: they are frequent smaller website posts meant to translate smaller, more spontaneous ideas. Websites, on the other hand, are big ideas carved in stone.
They can be a little more intimate and personal too.
Or not... Good blogs can still be corporate and robotic, and some are: their voices will be very familiar to you. The agencies we already know and love are on the Internet… OMAFRA, Agri-Food Canada, the OFA, etcetera...
And they mean business!
We’ve included a few smaller organizations in the mix, to lighten the load- like NFU 316 and Ag More Than Ever- but the lion’s share are these bigger authorities.
All the recommendations on this page- big or small- are resources which we feel will offer the most impactful information for you as Ontario farmers.
The blog format lends itself perfectly to news and research too… The most recent updates featured on the front page, then continuously cycled down into an organized archive. It works well, accomodating short opinion pieces and smaller news items quite nicely.
So, in our case, instead of mechanical commercials for farming and agriculture, blogs can give us an everyday look at things that affect the Ontario farm, industry news as it breaks, and often what farmers themselves are experiencing and thinking about a wide range of topics.
Blogs can be tied into static websites- tucked away as in a filing cabinet- or they can stand alone as fluid single-page (or multi-page) websites. Written by professional wordsmiths, or by thousands of monkeys inadvertently mashing keyboards (and everyone in between)...
Blogs are anything and everything, basically.
- Eastern Ontario Agri-News
But, before you venture beyond the basics and discover what that can mean, take a closer look at the organizations featured here on our News page.
Click any of the tabs on top of the blog feeds (to the left and below) to see the posts for each organization, and click on any post to visit their blog.
For technical reasons not worth going into, some blogs are not formatted for readers and feeds like these ones. And there are also blogs which aren't even real blog pages, but rather “news” or “community” web pages, and hence will not work either.
Again… this is all futile techno-mumbo-jumbo... We’ve just gone ahead and piled them up for you.
So behold: the important, “non-feedable” news sources that just need to be different! Sheesh…
- NFU 316
- NFU Ontario
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- Real Agriculture
- Ag More Than Ever
We would also like to break down the few different channels, so to speak, of Real Agriculture, which is streamed above in the blog feed.
Real Agriculture is one of our favourite overall information resources. They add a distinct entertainment value to agricultural news (which is no small feat), and their website is just packed full of useful information. Check it all out... You'll thank us.
You getting the hang of it?
Good… That’s all we’ve got to say about that, and there’s one more corner of the agriculture blog world that we need to visit.
Adventures in Agriculture:
Blogs from the Front Line
This is probably our favourite category.
Without seeming dismissive of the biggest news- the authoritative content found above- our Best Agriculture Blogs Top Secret Selection Committee (BABTSSC) tries to think outside the usual box- of advocacy, political news, and science- to also give you a taste of “the real dirt on farming” (as one of the blogs is conveniently called), and the interesting people you will find on Canadian farms.
You won’t find them here though… There is enough to absorb on this page already, and we don’t want to repeat ourselves more than we need to.
So we’ll lead you to the second page of our extensive Resources section: suggestions for a happier Ontario farmhouse. For some lighter, more casual farming blogs (and many other goodies), check out Page 2 now.
This other avenue still includes lots of relevant farm industry news too, but it speaks more to the smaller scale setups- the homesteads, the first generation farms and the hobby farms out there as well.
That certainly doesn't mean the stories therein won't interest even the most seasoned veterans among us. Far from it... if they are illustrative of anything: it’s real, down-to-earth farming at its best.
The first page of our resources (yes, it also has a theme: tools for better farming) will focus mostly on the important Ontario farming sector representatives you’re seeing here, and a few more. You can check that out RIGHT HERE.
Blogs aren’t the only way to interact with the authorities though, and to keep yourself up to speed.
As Farmers, Social Media Is a Priority.
Or perhaps we should slightly rephrase…
As farmers, social media is a priority?!!
That’s a bit better, isn’t it?
We, as Ontario farmers, don’t think about Facebook and Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn, and all that fancy junk! Am I right?!
Seriously, what’s that dang Interweb place
gonna do for me, my farm and my family?
This question is not all that uncommon, as you can imagine (although we don’t actually sound like a bunch of hapless rednecks, thank you very much). And its logic is undeniable, as we’ve all had these same self-defeating sentiments…
But time marches on, friends, and it may be wise to keep up with it. The farms will do just that, in spite of us, as our kids start to take over.
So let’s hop on the bandwagon! It’s fun, and the change is not all that drastic…
We’ve always made easy friends with our neighbours. We enjoy the community of it, the chitting and chatting about our common ground: life, work, weather, and what have you...
We’re splendid conversationalists, us farmers. You might even say that social media was made for us!
So get in there, for God’s sake (and for your own)!
Even if you don’t write two intriguing updates and a blog post every day about your own progress, at least get engaged…
Start at least one profile for your farm, and use it...
Like and comment, drop an occasional good word, share posts you personally find valuable and so forth. Not only will your existing relationships be better, but we promise you’ll make new ones too...
Community involvement has a wonderful knack for producing high quality interactions and connections among its members.
And there is no shortage of industry engagement on social media either!
From the organizations around us- suppliers, service agencies, research facilities, and many others- to the individual farmers themselves… They’ve all got something good to say, and- by golly- they’re saying it.
We’ve mixed up a bag of important social feeds for you to check out.
There will naturally be some repetition between the blogs and social updates, but a good amount of unique content too from a wide variety of recognizable sources.
These feeds are updated every hour, so keep your eyes peeled for content that grabs you! Click on anything you see to do your social thing, or maybe poke around first.
But don’t just follow in a straight line: get off the beaten path and find your own favourite social content! Click these buttons to explore our website too... There's lots to see!