Twitter Focus: #AgriChatUK

Ahead of their special #AgrichatUK tonight, here is a bit about them and why you should join in…

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Twitter Focus-

AgrichatUK was started back in 2011, founded by Edward Morgan, Charles Tassell,  Simon Haley and Jez Fredenburgh. Hosted by Will Wilson. It has grown significantly in the last five years, now boasting an impressive 20,369 followers and growing by the day.

It was the first agricultural based hashtag on Twitter, the premise being a place where people involved in agriculture can get together, to share ideas, discuss and debate. A place to connect with people from all different parts of the industry, from different parts of the country.

I believe it is such a brilliant idea, a place where you can come and talk with other people, all connected by the same thing, agriculture. As we all know, agriculture can be a lonely business, but with this, anyone can join in the discussion, have a chat, and it can really help. Plus, everyone is so friendly and welcoming.

From debating the hot topics in the farming world, to discussing the past, present and future of agriculture, mental health and succession. There’s a new topic every week, special guests and co-hosts, you will never be bored.

Personally I enjoy reading others opinions on the topics, as well as contributing with my own. I can truly say I learn something new every week. It really shows how agriculture is changing and growing with social media, I never would’ve thought Twitter would be such a popular place for farming!

So make sure you join in for the SPECIAL AgrichatUK TONIGHT at 8pm debating the EU Referendum! Leave me a comment and let me know if you do…

Ruth x

An Introduction…

So hello, and welcome to this little part of the internet. My name is Ruth and this is my blog.

This blog was started with the intention of showing other sides to agriculture, and that agriculture doesn’t just have to be about farming. Growing up, throughout primary school and secondary school, I was the only girl who lived on a farm. So in a time before the internet arrived in my life I felt completely alone in wanting to study agriculture and being interested in this baffled many career advisors.

Fast forward to now, and I am about to finish my degree in Rural Business Management, having studied for a Foundation degree in Agriculture, I couldn’t feel more different to that girl who felt like the only girl in the world who loved farming. Now, I have met some amazing women who love farming as much as me, and know of many others. So, this is one for the girls, who feel alone in their friendship groups, dreaming of being out on the farm when you’re stuck in Maths. You are not alone. Had I’d have known about this corner of the internet, where women are changing the face of agriculture it would’ve helped tremendously. So, girls (and boys) get yourselves to Twitter and follow some of these wonderful people:

Sheepish Sophie : Sophie Barnes is a sheep extraordinaire. Well, she has lambed a lot. She is a first generation sheep farmer from Derbyshire and is currently working out in New Zealand. Sophie is very interesting to follow and shows what farming is like on the other side of the world.  She is most certainly one girl doing it for herself *sassy S clicks*. You can read about her adventures so far on her Twitter here or her blog here.

Alice: Alice, or Aliceinwellies is an agricultural journalist (*cough* dream job *cough*), editor and reporter for the South East Farmer. She is a Cirencester graduate, a keeper of sheep and a self confessed fanatic about all things farming and fieldsports. Plus, she is completely hil-ari-ous to follow on Twitter. So get following here and her blog here.

There are so many wonderful people to mention this could get boring for you, so just to round things up, here are some more gorgeous girls & boys to follow; Jodi/ The Solo Shepherdess (says it all in the name really) Twitter and her blogGeorgiaAlly.

Finally, last but by no means least, Farmers Of The UK and Agrichat! I’ll be sure to do a follow up post on these soon!

Ruth x

P.S. I also really need to thank Abi from A Country Lady for the inspiration for this post!