Thursday, July 18, 2013

"Farm It Maybe": Agvocacy & Social Media

Believe it or not, some people might be surprised that a farmer knows how to use a computer, much less create a viral video.

However, the younger generation of American farmers has taken up a method of “agvocacy” like none before them. Last summer, the Peterson brothers from Kansas uploaded a video that forever changed the agriculture industry. A parody of LMFAO’s “I’m Sexy and I Know It,” their video, “I’m Farming and I Grow It,” went viral, with over 8 million views as of this writing.

After the success of the Peterson brothers, others set out to do something similar. This agriculture-related video parodies Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” , and is called “Farm It Maybe” by Lil Fred.  It features a young boy, Lil Fred, who makes a cute rap about a day in his life as farmer.

Both  videos  entertain while giving viewers a glimpse of farm life. So share these videos, or make one of your own, and help the Peterson brothers and Lil Fred in their efforts to advocate for agriculture.

Laura Procter is an Agricultural Communications graduate of Tarleton State University. She is from the small community of Lingleville and has been involved in the agriculture industry her entire life. You can follow her at @ProcterLaura.

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