#farm365 (COM0011 – Blog Post #5)

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Thank you to Chrissie Laymon for the use of her photo. You can follow Chrissie on Twitter @the_farm_life.

Have you ever wondered what happens on a farm? What does a farmer do in his everyday routine? Well then meet Andrew Campbell a dairy farmer and Founder of Fresh Air Media from southwestern Ontario.

Fresh A1297651469586_ORIGINALir Media is dedicated to educating and informing the agriculture and food sectors about upcoming communication and marketing tools, as well as new trends in technology.
Like many people Andrew made a new years resolution, his resolution is that he would post a pictures of his daily life on the farm every day on his twitter account using the hashtag #farm365 with the goal of helping consumers make the connection from farm to plate.

To follow along you can follow Andrew on Twitter @FreshAirFarmer or the hashtag #farm365

Like Andrew many farmers are using social media to educate the public on the daily happenings on the farm and to show the public where their food comes from.

The Peterson Family in front of their family farm!

Greg, Nathan, and Kendal Peterson better known as the Peterson Farm Bros. on YouTube are known for their agriculture-focused video parodies of popular hit songs. Other videos the brothers have made are informational videos, entertainment videos and their “Life of a Farmer” documentaries. the Life of a Farmer series is split in to 12 videos one for each month of the year, and is about what life on the farm is like. As well as their videos the brothers opened their farm last year on select Saturdays in the summer for a farm tour. For more info on tour dates for this year click here.

Although Andrew started the #farm365 hashtag many other farmers and agricultural advocates including myself have joined in, But since you can not own a hashtag it has allowed for animal rights activists to hijacked the #farm365 hashtag and use it to spreed their own message.

One thing I hear all the time from animal rights activists is that farmers abuse their animals. Yes there are some cases of animal abuse, but a lot of the time what looks like a farmer being mean is for the better of the animal. I know a lot of farmers that care a lot about there animals.

One of my favorite blog posts on this subject is by dairycarrie in her post titled Sometimes we are mean to our cows Carrie talks about a down cow and what has to be done to get the cow up. http://dairycarrie.com/2013/12/09/cowabuse/

What do you think of the #farm365 hashtag? Is using social media to open the barn door a good Idea?

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YouTube (COM0011 – Blog Post #1)

YouTube is a great tool in the world of making videos.
It allows the everyday user to upload their videos for all to see and enjoy, as well as giving them a way to make money if they choose to become a YouTube partner.
You can find out more info about the YouTube Partner Program here.

It also allows for users to have a podcast or vlog (video blog) which are becoming more common. One well known vlog is BFvsGF hosted by Jesse and his girlfriend Jeana, as well as their vlog Jesse and Jeana also have the YouTube channel PrankvsPrank where they post videos of pranks they pull on each other.

YouTube has also turned people that were unknown to the world famous, here is a few of them according to monetizepros.com.

The 1st one everyone should know is Justin Bieber.

While searching for videos of a different singer, Scooter Braun, a former marketing executive of So So Def, clicked on one of Bieber’s 2007 videos by accident. Impressed, Braun tracked down the theater Bieber was performing in, located Bieber’s school, and finally contacted Mallette, who was reluctant because of Braun’s Judaism. She remembered praying, “God, I gave him to you. You could send me a Christian man, a Christian label!” and “God, you don’t want this Jewish kid to be Justin’s man, do you?” However, church elders convinced her to let Bieber go with Braun. At 13, Bieber went to Atlanta, Georgia, with Braun to record demo tapes. Bieber began signing for Usher one week later. (For the rest of the article you can read it here.

Here is his cover of Chris Brown’s “With You” the video that made him famous.

Another young artist that became famous thanks to YouTube is Carly Rae Jepsen with “Call Me Maybe”

Although Carly finished third on Canadian Idol, it was not till Justin Bieber Tweeted that “Call Me Maybe” was “possibly the catchiest song I’ve ever heard.”

That got her well know.

The last one I am going to share with you is not on the list, but they are one of my favorites.
The Peterson Brothers have become famous with their agriculture-focused parodies of popular hit songs.
(https://www.youtube.com/user/ThePetersonFarmBros)

Farmer Style (Gangnam Style Parody) has hit over 15.5 million views since it was posted in 2012.

There are many reasons why YouTube is a great tool, I have listed 3 reasons above.
Feel free to leave a comment with a reason you think YouTube makes for a great tool when it comes to the world of videos.