FARMING MATTERS: Farmers can meet up online

Aerial shot of a farm rickyard
Aerial shot of a farm rickyard
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I wrote last week about the importance of rural broadband. Not only is this vital for business and personal connections, but it can open up a whole new social world for country folk.

Farmers can spend large parts of their working day, sometimes the whole day, alone. And they don’t get as many opportunities as we office workers do, to share their experiences and discuss alternatives, or debate important issues.

The internet changed all that, and today farmers have access to their counterparts not only across the country but across the entire world. And it is fascinating to see, through email, websites, news channels, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, how farmers in different climates and facing different challenges choose to produce the food that feeds us all.

The internet is also a great tool for amusement and the young farmers federation in particular has embraced that side of it, regularly producing fun videos that show what their members get up to, with tug of war teams, singing contests and rallies.

Having this column online gives me a great opportunity to spread the farming message further afield, and to share videos too. On this page today you will find one by Abingdon Young Farmers, not from our area perhaps, but still worth watching!