By Connie Sieh Groop Special to the Farm ForumWinter farm shows introduce new items for farmers and ranchers to consider for their operations. In January, I headed to Vermillion for three days to hang out at the Dakota Farm Show. Visiting with people in that setting was informal and fun. Those attending were eager to learn from the exhibits. People walking past booths were enticed to stop depending on their interests. The Farm Forum booth was next to one of the hottest items at the show.
By Connie Sieh Groop Special to the Farm ForumTo help young people understand the roots of agriculture, Trevor Zantow hosted Leola ag students to his farm where he explained the importance of soil health in his operation. As the sophomores and juniors dug through dirt samples in his shop, Zantow explained why he plants cover crops and how that improves the soil and provides important feed for his cows. Zantow isn’t on the faculty, but he’s on the school board.
By Connie Sieh Groop Special to the Farm ForumAfter learning the basics of holistic ranch management, Cody and Deanna Sand of Forbes, N.D., totally changed their way of ranching and now share their experiences by mentoring others. “For us, it’s fun to talk to people about what we are doing as it reminds us why we changed our operation,” Deanna said.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".