The Ag Highlight Reel: #Plant18 Continues for Families Across North America
Welcome to The Highlight Reel. Here you’ll find a recap of recent lighthearted or unusual news. These aren’t the headlines, but the funny, inspiring, or touching stories from across the agriculture industry.
Last week, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue visited farmers and ranchers in four Western states. A number of U.S. agricultural leaders have traveled to China this week for a trade mission.
Producers across the country have been busy sharing updates from their planting and growing seasons on social media. Greg Peterson, the eldest of the famous Peterson Farm Brothers, posted a live video about alfalfa cutting on their Kansas farm. Meanwhile, a Canadian farmer shared a special planting photo that is getting a lot of attention on Twitter.
Keep reading to see how interest in China and North Korea has shifted over the course of this week.
Last Week: Perdue Road-Tripped West
Last Thursday Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue wrapped up his fourth Back to Our Roots tour. He and a small team of USDA staff made stops in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska. In addition to touring USDA facilities and research, Perdue held a roundtable discussion with ag leaders in each state. Check out this article for a recap of the week on the road.
This Week: U.S. Ag Leaders in China
From May 21-25 several U.S. ag leaders are in southern China to build relationships and discuss trade opportunities. Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Steve Wellman is among the group led by USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted MicKinney and has been regularly sharing updates on social media.
Facebook: Peterson Farm Brothers Cut Alfalfa
Greg Peterson and his brothers are best known for their parody YouTube videos, but they also use their social media pages to share about their life on the family farm in Kansas. Watch this Facebook live video for an update on Kansas drought conditions and the brothers’ summer plans. A new parody video is coming soon!
Twitter: #Plant18 Continues for Families Across North America
My wife happened to sneak this pic of the kids bringing me a coffee and snack before their bedtime while I pulled the late shift of #plant18 last night. The girls were happy my son couldn’t figure out why he couldn’t stay lol #bedtimehugs #agmorethanever pic.twitter.com/SCQLGA12es— Jamie Mangin (@jmangin_22) May 16, 2018
Jamie Mangin is still planting on his farm in Canada, but his wife snapped this special shot of their kids saying goodnight before they headed to bed. After the tweet was seen by more than 300,000 people, Mangin tweeted, “Kinda crazy the last couple days lol never would have thought one simple tweet would have gotten a response like it did I guess that’s the power of social media #ThankYou #notificationsturnedoff.”
Trending: China and North Korea Search Interest
The U.S. relationships with China and North Korea have been making headlines for weeks as situations with both countries have been escalating. Trade development and ongoing negotiations have prompted high Google search traffic for China all week. Searches for North Korea jumped drastically Thursday morning when it was announced that President Donald Trump canceled the summit scheduled with Kim Jong-un. Ongoing uncertainty in both cases has added volatility to the markets this week.