You probably wouldn’t think it at first, but the agriculture industry is big on Twitter.
In particular, agriculture students, young farmers and agri-business professionals are flocking to the social network to create a national conversation about the industry, how it’s changing and the role young people have to play in the future of agriculture in Canada.
From day-to-day life on the farm, such as documenting the birth of a calf or getting ready to harvest crops, to discussing the huge national and global issues that affect the business of agriculture in our country, you can find it all on Twitter.
Not sure where to get started? Follow these Twitter accounts, see what they’re tweeting about and who they’re interacting with, and you’ll end up down the agriculture industry Twitter rabbit hole in no time.
Whether you want to work on the family farm or start a career in agri-business with an agriculture employer, you’ll be able to find a ton of useful information here. If you have a suggestion that wasn’t mentioned here, share it in the comments section below!
Bayer CropScience Careers
Leading crop production company Bayer CropScience hires students and recent grads for a number of summer jobs and entry level jobs in sales, breeding, environmental affairs and more. Follow @BCSCACareers to learn more about Bayer CropScience’s culture and stay up-to-date on their latest career opportunities.
Today we had a chance to give back and help Habitat for Humanity with the “house that agriculture built” in Calgary! fb.me/1dKWWixmT
— BCSCACareers (@BCSCACareers) February 9, 2013
Canadian Young Farmers’ Forum (CYFF)
The Canadian Young Farmers’ Forum connects leading young agriculture producers across Canada, to provide support, encouragement and resources to promote agriculture. @CYFF often retweets other accounts related to young in agriculture, so their account is an amazing directory of who to follow, from individual farmers to employers and industry organizations.
Remember, while it feels like -41 in Alberta today, many young farmers are outside taking care of animals. #theycomefirst
— CYFF (@CYFF) January 29, 2013
At 100 years old, @4HCanada (each of the four “h”s stand for head, heart, hands and health) is one of Canada’s longest running youth organizations and has strong roots in the agriculture industry. Many students who go on to start successful careers in agriculture have been involved with 4-H and the organization also partners with employers to provide scholarships.
Attention 4-Hers! Enter Shout-Out for Ag video contest to win $2,000 for your club! Visit contest FB page for details: ht.ly/hKMfh
— 4-H Canada (@4HCanada) February 15, 2013
Kim McConnell is the founder and former CEO of AdFarm, a North American agricultural marketing communications firm, and the winner of the 2011 Agri-Marketer of the Year award. He is passionate about the role youth have to play in the industry, so follow this industry veteran at @kmcconnell1 for some great insight.
— Kim McConnell (@kmcconnell1) January 22, 2013
Youth Ag Summit
This August, 120 youth from around the world will come together in Calgary, Alberta, to tackle the topic of feeding a hungry planet. Even if you’re not participating in the summit in-person, you can share your ideas and be part of the conversation by following and tweeting at @YouthAgSummit.
— Youth Ag Summit (@YouthAgSummit) February 11, 2013
Farmers of Canada
@FarmersOfCanada is a unique Twitter account that hands over the reins to a new farmer each week, many of whom are young farmers, providing a fascinating inside look at the day-to-day activities of farming in Canada.
— Farmers of Canada (@FarmersOfCanada) February 17, 2013
Future Agriculture Business Builders (FABB)
Future Agriculture Business Builders describes itself as “an ambitious group of influential young people in agriculture, set on helping peers and the industry alike succeed thought networking and education.” Follow @FABB_Network to discover the issues that affect young agri-business professionals in Canada.
Awesome to see so many young farmers connecting via social media then meeting at events in real life! Power of twitter! #YF
— FutureAgBizBuilders (@FABB_Network) November 23, 2012
Agriculture More Than Ever
Ag More Than Ever is a fun marketing campaign by Farm Credit Canada that shares real stories from the modern agriculture industry. Following @AgMoreThanEver is a great way to learn more about the industry and the people working in it.
— AgMoreThanEver (@AgMoreThanEver) February 21, 2013
Real Agriculture is a blog focused on the issues that are impacting agriculture from crops to machinery to livestock to farm management and more. Follow @realagriculture for the latest news and opinions from the site.
— RealAgriculture.com (@realagriculture) February 21, 2013
The Western Producer
Looking to brush up on your agricultural news? Follow @westernproducer for the latest scoops in the industry.
Food Freedom Day marked ow.ly/hImot
— The Western Producer (@westernproducer) February 14, 2013
If you’re more interested in agri-business news from Ontario, @AgriMedia is the account to follow.
Farmland Prices Squeezing Cow-Calf Operators bit.ly/Y8qFtH
— Blackburn Agri-media (@AgriMedia) February 20, 2013