Media Summit Shows Other Side of Today's Agriculture

Between the Fencerows

It's interesting to step into a different world for a while.

Published on: August 13, 2013

It's hard to believe that summer is winding down already.  It just doesn't feel like it's time yet.  Kids are on their way back to school.  Field days are in full swing.  Salesmen are busy making the rounds. 

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to get away.   I was invited to attend the 15th annual Ag Media Summit, in Buffalo, N.Y., as a panelist.  While there, I was tasked with giving a farmer's perspective on integrity in print and digital ag media. 

As an outsider to the journalism industry, I found the conference quite interesting.  I was able to sit in on a few sessions and talk to people.  Based on our panel discussion, I can tell you first hand that there is a conscious effort by editors to present fair, unbiased articles (opinion pieces are different creatures).  Many of the farm publication editors and journalists are members of the American Agricultural Editors' Association, which means they adhere to a common code of ethics. 

My thanks to Farm Future's Mike Wilson for putting session moderator Owen Roberts of Guelph University Ontario in touch with me.  I enjoyed meeting many people while at the conference.  I appreciate those of you who told me they read this blog.  I also welcome those who may be checking me out for the first time.  Please stick around.  Crop conditions, farm projects and decisions, and strip/field experiments will be upcoming topics as I focus on day-to-day management factors on our farm.

If you ever have the opportunity to participate in an event similar to this, do it.  It was a great experience that broadened my horizons.  As producers, it is important to be able to shed a positive spotlight on agriculture whenever we have the chance.