In November 2010, I posted a blog on Proud Promotions titled “Create a Facebook Fan Page for Your Farm”. So now you’ve created a Facebook Fan page, what should you post?
 
Daily Happenings on Your Farm
Post information about the day-to-day activities that take place on your farm. Daily chores such as cows calving, what you fed your cows today and why or that you raked the freestall bedding to make it comfortable for the cows. The best way to tell your story is with pictures. Take pictures with a digital camera or your phone then upload them to your Facebook Fan page. Add captions to tell your story.
 
Seasonal Events & Family
Post pictures or comments explaining spring field preparation and planting, how summer heat impacts your animals and what you do to deal with it, how you harvest crops in the fall or winter challenges on your farm. Talk about how your family is involved in your farm and the number of generations you’ve been on the farm.

Link to Articles and Blogs
 Post links to interesting articles featuring current dairy topics. For example, I recently posted a link to the new 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) article that confirmed dairy products are an important part of a healthy diet. Share a link to an interesting blog post. If you post a link, add value by including a few sentences explaining why the link is important to read. Post links to promote dairy industry websites such as Dairy Farming Today and Facebook pages such as The Hands That Feed U.S.  or Feedstuffs Foodlink

Add Your Blog Feed  
If you have a blog, you can connect it to your Facebook page so each time you post a new blog a link will automatically display on your page. Accomplish this via the NetworkedBlogs application. To add this to your page, click on the “Edit Page” button and choose “Apps” from the menu on the left. Click on “Browse more applications” at the bottom of the page, use the “Search Apps” box to locate the NetworkedBlogs app and follow the instructions to install it on your page.

Encourage dialog with your “Fans” by inviting them to comment and ask questions. Try to post information regularly, once or twice each week, so your fans know they can expect fresh content from your page. You have a great story to tell so share it!

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Comment by Lely North America on February 28, 2011 at 2:03pm

Hi Brenda - Thank you for sharing tips for enhancing Facebook Fan Pages. These are very helpful! You are absolutely right, farmers have a great story to tell. Keep up the good "agvocate" work!

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