Dealing with Activists

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Activist articles from the Coalition of Companies that Care:

Advancing social media for agriculture 
Recently a group of farmers and ranchers gathered at the AgChat Foundation Agvocacy 2.0 Conference to share tips on using social media to tell our story.

'Know a California Farmer' Web site launches 
KnowACaliforniaFarmer.com is an interactive Web site for the general public and is being created by hundreds of farmers. 

Show your legislator a good time 
Most people, including policy-makers, are generations removed from production agriculture and our advancements in technology, animal care and food quality.

Technology can help dairy hit a home run 
The dairy industry is at bat and the fastballs just keep coming.

Tools to help you safeguard your industry 
As the gap between consumers and agriculture widens, consumers have questions about how beef is raised. A new tool from the beef checkoff can help you bridge that gap.

An up-close look at dairy farming 
A city newspaper editor recently spent part of a day working on a California dairy farm to learn more about modern dairy farms.

Check out this video 
The Milk Source dairies in northeast Wisconsin have released a YouTube video that shows how they care for their cows.

Study alleviates fears over antibiotics in groundwater 
Any residues found in the soil are mainly broken down before reaching the groundwater.

Cleaning the air with trees and electric pumps 
California dairy farmer Tony De Groot highlights efforts to reduce air emissions.

Milestones in sustainability 
Dairy Cares released a progress report on California dairy initiatives to promote environmental stewardship, responsible animal care, and family and community values.

Are you a college student with a passion for agriculture? 
If so, participate in the 2010-2001 College Aggies Online scholarship competition.

Role of social media in addressing issues
Dairy Management Inc. shares insight on how it utilizes social media and the benefits of using social media to address industry issues.

Make a connection
AFACT's Farmer Voices Program effectively trains producers to inform consumers.

Vast majority of farms are still family-owned
New report details the structure and economic picture of U.S. farms.

‘Because I Care’ video contest
New contest to share positive messages about animal agriculture.

Rural-urban “edge” conflicts
Conflicts may arise if new residents are unfamiliar with farming.

Farmers work on communication skills
Efforts are constantly increasing to expand consumer understanding of agriculture.

Make every conversation count
With less than 2 percent of the population involved in food production, it’s more important than ever to be a proactive advocate for the dairy industry.

One more thing to be proud of
You are raising the leaders of tomorrow.

Gary Conklin speaks out
The owner of Conklin Dairy Farms talks about the recent footage shot by animal activists on his farm.

New consumer education exhibit showcases dairy farms
The digital prototype is intended for use by dairy farms, dairy co-ops, dairy companies and other friends of the industry that interact face-to-face with consumer groups.

Agriculture critics keep open mind
A New York City mom, active blogger and soy beverage consumer recently visited a California dairy farm to see how dairy cows are raised.

Are consumers willing to pay for animal welfare?
New research presented at the American Dairy Science Association meeting seeks to answer this question and the answer may surprise you.

Dairy gets harsh lesson in activists’ hardball agenda
Gary Conklin speaks out following an undercover video release of alleged animal abuse at his Ohio dairy. You need to hear what he has to say.

Host a dairy breakfast to tell your story
Albert Steenblik, of Michigan, shares these thoughts after opening his farm to the public.

When the media calls… 
A plethora of resources are available within our industry to help you with the media.

Know when to speak up 
Use discretion when addressing controversial topics with non-farm friends and neighbors.

'Why I Love Dairy' video contest debuts
Contest aims to let consumers know why you love dairy products and being a dairy farmer.

'Brag about Ag' video contest 
Open to college students in agriculture related fields of study; $1,000 in prize money available.

Become a master of beef advocacy 
Dairy producers are beef producers and the advocacy program from the beef checkoff offers benefits for dairy producers too.

Chipotle climbs in bed with HSUS 
The popular restaurant chain has aligned itself with the Humane Society of the United States and Ohioans for Humane Farms.

Brush up on your neighbor-relations skills 
Warmer weather means more interactions with your non-farm neighbors.

Gain control in media interviews 
Interviews can be a two-way street. Here are some valuable tips.

PETA & HSUS: The pickpocket & the con man 
Both organizations, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Humane Society of the United States, are pretty much the same, says industry watchdog. 

Handling difficult media interviews 
One industry spokesperson shares tips on how he prepares for media interviews

AgChat to boost farmers' social media presence 
New foundation will take the concept of "telling agriculture’s story" to the next level.

7 out of 10 believe HSUS is a pet-shelter 'umbrella group' 
Seventy-one percent of Americans questioned in a new opinion poll wrongly believe the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is an “umbrella group” for America’s local humane societies.

10 things you must know about animal rights 
The dairy industry is under attack from animal-rights groups. But you can make a more informed response if you know these 10 things. 

Farmers fight back against animal-rights groups
Farm Bureau president says it's time to "face our opponents with a new attitude."

Is your farm vulnerable to attack? 
A new tool can help assess your risk in the event of an attack on the food system.

Animal care and well-being: perceptions and reality 
Recent concerns about food quality and food safety, and environmental impact, have increased the need to ensure the public that animal agriculture is meeting the accepted standards for food safety, environmental stewardship and animal care.

Key aspects of animal well-being program now online 
More details of the National Dairy FARM Program have been unveiled on its Web site.

Protect your reputation 
4 tips for creating a positive image.

A new way to tell your story 
Social media connect your farm’s gate with the consumer’s plate.

 Social media is a powerful communication tool 
Many of you probably witnessed or heard about the flurry of Web activity surrounding the news that Bank of America has partnered with the Humane Society of the United States.

'If you are not at the table, you are on the menu' 
At the National Dairy Leaders Conference, held recently in the Denver area, one thing became quite apparent as I listened to one speaker after another describe the issues facing the industry: Dairy producers need to speak up more or else someone else is going to do the speaking for them.

Take charge of your reputation  
Today, we are in the era of reputation construction and destruction, says Stan Erwine, vice president of producer relations at Dairy Management Inc., which manages the national dairy checkoff program.

4 ways to keep your products 
The civility of the event was surprising, considering the guest speaker wanted to take away one of the audience’s most important tools.


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