|Farmer Alan taking a #felfie in his barn. |
Photo Credit: Ohio Pork Council.
“Felfies,” or farmer selfies, are becoming more popular on social media sites such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Pigs, cows, horses and crops are taking center stage in this movement, which helps farmers promote their industry.
According to a recent Mashable article, their movement took off in Ireland and inspired two websites, felfies.com and farmingselfie.com. Farmers can submit their pictures to these sites in addition to posting them on social media.
“We hope with this website we can put a face to the farmers who work to put food on your table,” said William Wilson, founder of farmingselfie.com.
According to an article from The Columbus Dispatch, the Ohio Pork Producers Council is encouraging Ohio farmers to take selfies on their farm and post them online. They are posting submitted felfies on their blog and Facebook page.
The felfie movement helps tell the story of farmers who work hard to feed our nation. It shows how social media allows farmers to reach new audiences and is a great example of how to advocate for a centuries-old industry.
"It’s actually a pretty great way for farmers to mesh with a pop-culture movement and make a few connections that lead to a little advocacy," said Ryan Goodman, an Arkansas cattleman and agriculture blogger.