(Posted Mon. Nov 14th, 2011)

Nov. 14: Ten times this year, the National Corn Growers Association has provided free online training seminars to its members and others to help them learn more about social media and build their skills and impact as public advocates for today’s agriculture. This series continues Thursday, Nov. 17, with an hour-long program that provides a “deeper dive” into using social media to truly engage with a variety of audiences.


“The media landscape has changed dramatically in just a few short years, and the Internet has helped individuals transform from media consumers to ‘citizen journalists’ who themselves can have a lot of influence on their peers and others,” said Brandon Hunnicutt, chairman of NCGA’s Grower Services Action Team and an active social media user. “These sessions, now nearing an end, have worked well to provide our growers with knowledge and confidence to speak out on the issues that impact their farms and their industry.”


Past online seminars, or “webinars,” have talked about the basics of listening and becoming part of conversations. This webinar will get into specific tactics and rules for getting engaged at the next level. Presenters will cover how to use Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to engage in different ways, and give examples of do’s and don’ts from farmers and others. For those wanting to learn how to connect with friends and followers to become an influencer, this is the perfect opportunity.


This series is co-sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont Business, and Thursday’s episode begins at 10:30 a.m. CST. Click here to register. For more information and to view October’s webinar, “What’s New in Social Media,” visit


Previous episodes are archived in NCGA’s private Facebook group, Corn Conversations. On Facebook, just search for “Corn Conversations” to watch the videos and join the discussion. The final webinar in the series is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 15.