2013 Year of the Selfie – What about the #farmerselfie?


Unless you were hiding under a rock last year (Welcome to 2014!), you probably noted that ‘selfie’ was one of the big words of 2013. Much thanks to social media platforms like SnapChat and Instagram, everyone is walking around taking photos of themselves doing the duck face and striking the sorority pose. The Selfie has been fascinating pop-culture for the past several months. So what do farmers do? Take advantage of the opportunity and join in!

In my Twitter feed last week, I noticed several European farmers using the hashtag #felfie (a.k.a. #farmerselfie, check out FarmingSelfie.com) and sharing their selfies from the setting of the hog and dairy barns, tractors and pastures. Turns out the farmers in the Great Britain, Ireland, and other parts of Europe were having fun with the selfie, taking photos with their cows, dogs, pigs, sheep, tractors and landscapes.

It’s actually a pretty great way for farmers to mesh with a pop-culture movement and make a few connections that lead to a little advocacy. Adding a bit of personality to our messages helps build those relationships.

ranching farming selfie feeding cows hay

Feeding cattle with the family in Arkansas during Christmas week.

farming selfie

“I love this state!” – Near Fort Benton, Montana on the Missouri River. Once the final port for steam boats carrying cargo inland.

farmer rancher cow dog selfie

We can have a little fun once in a while too. The cowdog won’t have any time to sit still.

Where’s your farm and ranch selfie? Share it online with the hashtag #farmerselfie. Who knows what connections you’ll make with folks who otherwise wouldn’t have met a farmer or rancher online. See more #farmerselfie posts on this Storify post from Farm and Dairy.

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About Ryan Goodman (994 Articles)
Ryan Goodman lives in Helena, MT and comes from an Arkansas cattle ranching family. Since growing up on a family cow/calf and stocker-calf operation, he has spent the last several years learning about farming systems across the country. A graduate of Oklahoma State, Ryan is currently working on a Master's degree from the University of Tennessee. He works continuously to share his story of ranch life through community outreach and social media, all while encouraging others in agriculture to do the same.

3 Comments on 2013 Year of the Selfie – What about the #farmerselfie?

  1. Reblogged this on Melkveebedrijf Stelling.

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  3. Although farmers and ranchers have been taking these pictures for awhile I think it is fun that there is now a “name” for them. I was searching through the #felfie hashtag last night and it is fun to see others enjoying their livestock and land as much as I do.
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