Wisconsin farmers use different media to reach consumers

Wisconsin Farm Bureau leaders are encouraging members to keep telling the story of agriculture, but with different tools.

Alyssa Demrow and Brooke Trustem tell Brownfield many farmers use social media such as Twitter and Facebook to reach out to the public, but Trustem says TikTok is reaching the younger generation more. “Our generation just really likes to be able to scroll through and check out videos of their specific interests and really engage with it that way, but it’s starting to become more popular in other generations.”

Demrow says farmers often like TikTok because it doesn’t take a long time to put their message together. “If you’re, throughout the day, you’re taking a video of chopping silage, then you can upload all of those videos and they’ll sync together so that it’s a clean transition from one portion to the next, or for pictures, it goes into a slide show.”

Demrow says viewers on social media don’t have to like or follow anyone since the TikTok algorithm distributes things differently. “So somebody who has maybe never seen anything in agriculture, somehow the algorithm just gets it to them, and then it gets on their ‘for you’ page and so somebody who maybe lives in a suburb of a big town that knows nothing about farming or where their food comes from, they’d be able to see that.”

Trustem and Demrow held a TikTok workshop for Wisconsin Farm Bureau members Sunday.

Alyssa Demrow and Brooke Trustem talk about how farmers can use TikTok to tell their agricultural stories with Brownfield’s Larry Lee at the 2021Wisconsin Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

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