Archive for September, 2010

Rapping Farmers

According to Farmer’s Guardian, “four farmers from the West County [UK] are to appear on prime time TV with their own rap song” about a Massey Ferguson tractor and organic dairy farming as a part of an ad campaign.

“The ad, which will feature in the break during the X Factor on October 9, was directed by Julien Lutz who is better known as a music video director working with for Nelly Furtado, Sean Paul, Alicia Keys, Nelly and Christina Aguilera.

It will mark Yeo Valley’s first TV ad and sees the four farmers wax lyrical on West Country farming.

With lines such as ‘Yo I’m rolling in my Massey on a summer’s day, Chugging cold milk while I’m bailing hay’ it’s not likely to catch the attention of Simon Cowell but could, the firm hopes, be a hook to draw in a younger audience.” Source: Move over Jay-Z – rapping farmers have the X factor | News | Farmers Guardian

Have you ever written a song about your tractor? Share it here or send us a link to your video on YouTube!

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Martin Richenhagen on the Future of Agriculture

See what AGCO Chariman, President and CEO, Martin Richenhagen, has to say about the changing markets in agriculture on Fox Business Network.

What are your predictions for the future of agriculture?

Massey Ferguson Tractor Advisor

Buying your first tractor and don’t know what to do at the dealership? Massey Ferguson has developed to help out first-time buyers and make it easier than ever to pick the right tractor for your lifestyle. At, first-time customers can feel confidant in their purchase and multiple-time buyers find yet another resource from their trusted Massey Ferguson brand.

The interactive website does not just stop at helping you choose the best tractor for your specific lifestyle. It guides you through the entire purchasing process from preparing you with common tractor jargon, specific questions to ask a dealer when buying, a checklist for your test drive, and even post-purchase care. Thus, making it an ultimate resource for even the most rural lifestyler.

What other tips do you have for first-time buyers?

Cows Make Important Business Decision

If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you may remember the post The Cow Goes “Tweet” about an Ontario farmer who has “twitter-ing” cows. Well now a Norwegian dairy brand, Litago, has tweeting cows who are going to choose the next flavor of milk that the company will produce.

A farmer is allowing DIST to divide a field into 25 plots, each of which has been assigned a different flavor of milk. Over a five-day period, ending on Friday, the agency says the amount of time in which the 10 cows spend in each plot is being tracked using “sophisticated technology.” At the end of the experiment, the plot that the cows have spent the most time in will be declared the winner, and the new flavor corresponding to that patch will be developed.

At the moment, a rice-pudding flavor is in the lead, followed by spearmint, passionfruit and then pomegranate. Other curious combinations that could stage a last-minute rally are chocolate and salted almond, pancakes with syrup, and vanilla cola. The 25 flavors were chosen by users through a Facebook poll.

Footage of the cows is being streamed live on a dedicated website… ” Source: Marketing: Tweeting Cows Pick New Flavor for Litago Milk – Global News – Advertising Age

What flavor of milk would you choose?

How Safe is Your Farm?

Farm safety has been on your mind and ours, especially since this week is Farm Safety and Health week. Now that it is coming to a close, here is a great online safety assessment from Nationwide Agribusiness. The quiz is very robust and rates your farm’s safety while offering you tips and advice and also applauding a job well done.

Sound farm safety practices can save lives and hassles, and will save you money in medical, repair, and insurance costs. Want to know how safe your farm or ranch operation is today? Take this quick safety quiz!

The farm safety tool highlights common hazards around your farm, ranch, or acreage and provides suggestions for ways to improve your working and living conditions.

There are 16 questions, and some of the questions will ask one or more sub-questions. For each question, you’ll receive a numerical score. At the end of the farm safety quiz, you’ll get a total score and find out the safety level of your farm.” Source: farm safety, farm safety tips | Nationwide Agribusiness Farm Safety Quiz

Take the quiz now. How safe is your farm? What is your score?