Archive for the ‘internet’ Category

Lets Talk Agriculture on #agchat Every Tuesday

April 9, 2009

Michele Payn Knoper has started a Twitter chat (tweetchat) for people in agriculture. The chat will take place every Tuesday 8-10PM Eastern and it will allow people in the industry to chat about issues and ideas in real time on Twitter. Have I mentioned to everyone that I love twitter. This is a great way for people in the industry to use interfaces like twitter to network and make new connections in the same industry. This is something that twitter does very well which facebook does not really provide.

Make sure you get a twitter account which is free and then go to the tweetchat url link above. Type in #agchat in the topic and presto you are involved. Be sure to tag each tweet with #agchat so that it shows up properly within the chat page. On another note, for all of you regular twitter users remember to tag all your agricultural based tweets with #farm.

Check out the Facebook Page for #agchat

Check out what Chuck Zimmerman of AgWired said about #agchat

Check out the Shaun Haney twitter profile

Check out Realagriculture.com’s twitter profile

US Trade Policy is a Concern for Canadian Agriculture – Shaun’s Brownfield Interview

March 23, 2009

A couple weeks ago I did an interview with Dave Russell (@russfarm) of the Brownfield Network (twitter feed) on the concerns that the Canadian Agricultural Industry has regarding the potential protectionist agenda of the United States through this economic crisis.  The Brownfield Network is a great agricultural news resource with diversified news feeds as well as a very interesting blog.  Brownfield produces agricultural content for over 300 radio stations in the United States  
To hear the interview Click here

Dave Russell and I met on Twitter and continue to communicate through this great tool.  If you are interested in seeing my Twitter feed check out @shaunhaney.  

Fertilizer Buddy Gains Attention

December 31, 2008

In the short life of RealAgriculture.com, by far the most interest has been in the fertilizer stories. Fertilizer prices are a very hot topic in newspapers, on the Internet and in the coffee shops across North America.  Due to the volatility of the fertilizer market over the past 12 months, the spread in pricing from one retailer to the next can be wide.  Larry Weber, a market commentator has started the website Fertilizer Buddy to encourage farmers to share fertilizer pricing across Canada and the United States.
On the site Weber comments that
“If you are looking for price discovery and price transparency in the fertilizer market, farmers can help themselves by posting their area prices. …The Internet is a powerful tool if you use it to your advantage.” 

Some posts on the site are critical of Weber’s motive and whether or not the information is legitimate based on some farmers posting anonymously.  But all in all I would say that the prices supplied by visitors to the site are legit and in good faith.  I think that it is important that we do not let the possibility of a couple unscrupulous people wreck a really great idea.   

When I discussed the site with several ag input retailers across Western Canada, the feeling was that farmers sharing information is a good thing but make sure that the information is correct.  Making decisions based on false information is just as harmful as having no information at all.  Questions to ask yourself when reading the prices are for example, what are the payment and delivery terms?  

With farmers still in shock from the volatility of the past year gaining more insight is a great way to make better decisions.  
Larry Weber and I have been playing phone tag for a week, as a result I was unable to get him to provide comments on the overall results of the site.  When we do connect I will follow up on this story.