A few weeks ago, our computer class had dairyman Will Gilmer as a guest speaker. Now, you may be wondering “why on earth would a computer class have a dairy farmer as a speaker?” AGvocacy is the answer. Not only is Will Gilmer a dairy farmer, he is a PROUD dairy farmer. He loves what he does, and he has shared that love with people near and far via social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Our particular computer class is for agriculture majors so we have been learning how to utilize these outlets for agriculture advocacy or “AGvocacy”. This makes Mr. Gilmer the perfect candidate for a guest speaker.
What I enjoyed most from Mr. Gilmer’s guest lecture was getting to know someone who does what I talk about doing. It is easy to say that we will run the farm, promote agriculture, be involved with leadership in the industry, and have a family. It is much harder to actually do all of those things. Mr. Gilmer DOES do those things. It just goes to show that if you really want to do something, you can work hard and do it.
It was also neat to learn how he personally got involved with social media and agriculture leadership and why he continues his involvement. Mr. Gilmer had some good advice for us, and even shared his inspiration for some of his most popular posts.
I really enjoyed Mr. Gilmer’s guest lecture. If you would like to learn more about Mr. Gilmer and Gilmer Dairy Farm, please visit http://www.gilmerdairyfarm.com.