Carrie Underwood's tweet sent numbers through the roof

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Carrie UndrerwoodCarrie Underwood/Facebook Since her famous tweet scolding Tennessee lawmakers over “ag-gag” legislation, country music star Carrie Underwood has turned much of her attention to concerts, her upcoming Sunday Night Football gig ― and the Oklahoma tornados.

“Growing up in tornado alley, you always know what could happen…. it doesn’t change how devastating it is when something does happen,” she tweeted and posted on Facebook right after the tornado in Moore, Okla., killed 24 people and left the community south of Oklahoma City in shambles.

But it was her April 18 tweet and Facebook post over the so-called ag-gag bill that generated a lot of attention in agricultural circles. This story on the Dairy Herd Management web site generated nearly 64,000 page views on April 22-23 when the story was first reported. That is a phenomenally high number, along with number of reader comments ― 87.

Reader interest subsided from there, but Underwood still had a few parting shots on her Facebook page:

  • On April 19, she posted a link to this article on ag-gag. The article included a comment from state representative Andy Holt suggesting that Underwood stick to singing. That prompted Underwood to comment, “I should stick to singing? Wow…. sorry, I’m just a tax paying citizen concerned for the safety of my family.”
  • On April 25, she posted a link to this commercial from the Humane Society of the United States.
  • On May 13, she posted “Great news!” in response to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s veto of the ag-gag legislation.

On Tuesday, Dairy Herd Management sent an e-mail to Underwood’s publicist, asking if the country music star still feels the same way about the ag-gag issue. So far, there has not been an answer. But if an answer does come, it will be included here.

Ag-gag (or farm protection legislation) is not going away. While it may have played out in Tennessee for now, a number of other states are dealing with similar measures. In 2012, Missouri and Utah passed their own laws, while Indiana, Illinois and Nebraska had bills that died in committee or were tabled to a later date. This year, there were bills in New Hampshire and New Mexico that did not make it to the legislature.

Farm protection legislation will be the focus of an article in the July issue of Dairy Herd Management. Among other things, the article will point out the need for farmers to be proactive in the social media and tell their side of the story ― similar to what Underwood has done with Twitter and Facebook.   

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Lady Jane    
St, Louis SMSA  |  June, 04, 2013 at 04:06 PM

Farmer are a group not noted for their excessive kindness to their animals. I had one uncle who actually was a brute. He struck at a calf with a pitchfork and put out its eye. On the other hand I had two uncles who were noted for their kindness. My personal observation is that the dairy cattle and hogs get the worst of it.

SC  |  June, 04, 2013 at 04:38 PM

Well. Lady Jane, I once lived on my parents dairy farm where we milked about 100 cows a day. Granted we weren't a huge dairy, but we sold milk to Borden. All our cows were registered, and I knew all of their names. We loved our cows and enjoyed them... enjoyed raising the calves and wouldn't have ever thought of taking a pitchfork to any of them! I don't think the problem is dairy farms... the problem is people like your uncle... there are brutes in any area of life, but don't lump "dairy farmers" or any group into one lump like that... it's simply not true.

Texas Jack    
Texas  |  June, 04, 2013 at 04:09 PM

Carrie, your pure hatred of anything agricultural or food production is well-known, but as to your snipe at Rep who told you pay attention to singing. 1) your family is Oklahoma NOT Tennessee, unless you are charitable and (I bet you not except with enviro-nazis) you paying taxes in Oklahoma TOO 2) last time I looked you hate Rodeo, I am betting you know about as much about rodeo as you do football...NOTHING. Why not do America a favor and show us who is boss by retiring and stop performing..OH THE PUNISHMENT

Chet Parker    
Boise, Idaho  |  June, 04, 2013 at 04:25 PM

Hey Tex, good representation of your state! :) One does not have to live in Tennessee to be affected by what Tennessee farmers/dairymen do with or to their crops and livestock. Texans may not be aware of this but food grown in Tennessee may very well find its way onto store shelves in Oklahoma!! OMG!! And maybe even Texas!! How 'bout that pardner? Shocking isn't it? ....

Rick Barbot    
West Virginia  |  June, 04, 2013 at 04:28 PM

Hey Texas Jack, .... She has as much right to say what she wants about the ag-gag article/legislation. And last I saw, you're from Texas so follow your own advise and keep your nose out of it. I'm amazed when people think that because someone doesn't agree with them, they do not have the right to talk. .

arizona  |  June, 04, 2013 at 04:33 PM

So what if someone like Carrie Underwood has an opinion and lends her voice to a cause. Politicians aren't the only ones with votes and a conscience nor do they have any exclusivity to knowledge for that matter. Too many haters online and stuffy do nothing politicians offline. I don't care one way or the other on this particular issue but everyone is worthy of a voice.

Texas  |  June, 04, 2013 at 04:37 PM

Carrie does live in Tennessee with her family (herself and her husband) residing there. She probably pays taxes in both states if they have a state income tax. She does not have a hatred of agriculture just a dislike of cruelty to animals. She has every right to voice her opinion on laws being considered and we would all live in a better place if more people would stick up for what they believe is right. Since no one forces you to buy her records or listen to them, It really shouldnt impact you in anyway as to what she does, sings or contributes to...... Just sayin

SC  |  June, 04, 2013 at 04:44 PM

Carrie is a vegetarian... so she is a bit biased when it comes to animal issues. I am against animal cruelty as well, but I don't agree with her stance on this law. I agree we should stand up for what we believe in, the trouble is, a working farmer who pretty much works 24/7 doesn't have near the platform Carrie Underwood does. Does she work as hard as a farmer does? I think not. Not to say she doesn't have to work... but it's not the same as what our farmers do and yet their voices will be drowned out by someone like Carrie, who has followers and people willing to do what she says simply because she says it. That's where celebrity can influence the public in an unfair way. But... this is America... she has the right to say what she wants, fair or not.

wisconsin  |  June, 05, 2013 at 08:26 AM


Iowa  |  June, 05, 2013 at 09:42 AM

You are misrepresenting the response to the article as one of passionate opposition to this singer. Go back and read some of the 87 comments that were posted to this original article. 50% are garbage posts about how Carrie Underwood's singing abilities stack up to others. If this is the kind of " media" response that the dairy industry is capable of, our future standing in agriculture is frightening. Its time we develop some real leaders in the dairy world to step up and promote our industry by serving as representatives to all three tiers of dairy: the consumer, the producer and the cow

Minnesota  |  June, 05, 2013 at 12:48 PM

As a dairy farmer, a veterinarian, and a mother, I don't have the time or the resources that Carrie Underwood does but I do know how hard my husband and family works to take care of our animals. We work 7 days a week and a lot of 18+ hour days . We don't get vacations, we don't get overtime, we just do the best we can.

Joann Keenan    
Pennsylvania  |  June, 05, 2013 at 02:04 PM

I'm with Julie! And all she says is true, especially on a dairy farm. The hours are long, the work is dirty and dangerous, no vacation days and very little profit.

Minnesota  |  June, 06, 2013 at 06:26 AM

I would say listen very intently to Julie she Knows what she is talking about!!!

Minnesota  |  June, 06, 2013 at 06:26 AM

I would say listen very intently to Julie she Knows what she is talking about!!!

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