This international resource and service from the University of Illinois features concepts, issues, media and methods for human communications related to food and nutrition, farming and rural life, natural resources and the environment, renewable energy, natural fibers, rural development and other aspects of agriculture. Welcome to this interactive website and please check with us whenever we can help you identify and gather information.
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Aug 15, 2010
New survey: How U. S. farmers and ranchers gather information. We recently added to the ACDC collection a summary of findings from a 2010 survey of media use among more than 1,200 owners, operators and/or managers of farms or ranches in the U. S. The survey, conducted by Readex Research through support from ABM Agri Council, analyzed producers' use of 14 media channels. The channels ranged broadly across dealers, farm shows, meetings, agricultural periodicals, agricultural radio/television programs, newspapers and digital, mobile and other media.
You can view a presentation that summarizes methods and results here.
No need for badmouthing other parts of the industry. "We've all seen these kinds of statements," said John Maday of Drovers in a commentary we added recently to the ACDC collection:
"It doesn't need to be that way," he suggested. "Today's consumers want choices, and some are willing to pay premiums for attributes that help them feel better about their food purchases. … So if consumers want brown eggs, sell them brown eggs. But market them as brown eggs, not anti-white eggs."
You can read this commentary here
Differences in how rural and urban residents use social media. Rural people articulate far fewer friends online, according to results of a study reported recently by researchers Eric Gilbert, Karrie Karahalios and Christian Sandvig. Also, those friends live much closer to home than do the online friends of urban residents.
In addition, results indicate that "the groups have substantially different gender distributions and use privacy features differently."
You can review the research paper here.
Only four uses for the telephone. ACDC contributor John Behrens has a revealing experience to share about how his farm family members used their hand-crank telephone when he was a youngster on the Illinois prairies during the 1920s.
"Our telephone had only four uses," he explains.
Please alert us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you recall - or know of - other early experiences with telephones when they came to farm homes.
Caution about promoting agricultural entrepreneurship. C. C. de Lauwere raised a caution flag in a new book, Ethical futures: bioscience and food horizons. Citing results of research among pig and dairy farmers in the Netherlands, de Lauwere reported that agricultural entrepreneurs do not automatically contribute to ecological sustainability - people, planet and profit.
The author suggested that policy makers who think they can stimulate sustainable agriculture by promoting agricultural entrepreneurship should be aware of this.
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Those free farm caps - keeping brands secure. An article in Adotas, journal of interactive advertising, used farm tractor caps as an example of forging long-term relationships and "keeping brands secure in insecure times."
Author Ernie Mosteller asked: "How is the tractor hat different from giving a customer a branded digital…something that makes their life just a bit easier and connects them with your brand? Not much, in my opinion."
You can read this article here.
Thanks and best wishes to Anna Pederson, valued associate in the Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, as she completes her graduate studies this summer. During the past three years Anna has served as half-time graduate assistant in the Center while she studied in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. An honors graduate in English from the University of Maine, Anna came here in August 2007 with five years of experience working in academic and public libraries. Among the many ways in which she contributed, she:
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The smells of barbecued steak from a billboard. That's nothing. Thanks to ACDC contributor Don Schwartz for calling our attention to place-based food marketing tools that are even more creative than the billboard we mentioned recently in ACDC News. He passes along word that's on the Web about a grocery store with impressive features such as these:
Have you shopped there yet?
Best regards and good searching. Please pass along your reactions, suggestions and ideas for the Agricultural Communications Documentation Center. Feel free to invite our help as you search for information. And please suggest (or send) agricultural communications documents we might add to this unique collection. We welcome them in hard copy (sent to Ag Com Documentation Center, 510 LIAC, 1101 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801) or in electronic format sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get in touch with us when you see interesting items in the ACDC collection and can't gain full-text access through information in the citation, or through online searching. We will help you gain access.