The best thinkers in agriculture
February 12th, 2007

This USA Today article says ” tucked away in the den of his 127-year-old farmhouse, Ed Winkle huddles over his computer. The screen’s soft glow lights up his eyeglasses, reflecting messages about tractors, corn hybrids and crop insurance.Winkle is checking the latest postings on his favorite Internet farm forum. Advice from fellow farmers around the country has enabled him to increase his corn and soybean production, better market his crops, learn how to rebuild engines and get good tires for his tractor.Online message boards and chat rooms are replacing rural coffee shops and feed mills as places for farmers to talk farming and trade tips as more of rural America goes online.”You get the best thinkers in agriculture,” Winkle said of the forums. “You’re mixing such a diverse group of people — from different areas, from different backgrounds, different experiences, different ways of farming.”Fifty-one percent of U.S. farms have Internet access, according to a July 2005 report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, up from 48% in 2003”.

Online forums replacing coffee shops for tip-seeking farmers


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