In an effort to promote North Carolina women in agriculture, the N.C. Biotechnology Center’s Ag Sector Development team, N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, N.C. Farm Bureau, and Feed the Dialogue N.C. have partnered to launch the Ponytail Ag campaign. This collaboration will highlight the contributions of women to agriculture across our state.
The campaign will place a large focus on social media, using platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and blog posts to showcase the magnitude and diversity of our state’s No. 1 industry, agriculture. Follow along with the hashtag #PonytailAg.
The tour will kick off this month with the first stops in Research Triangle Park on Aug. 14 and 15. Other tour stops and dates include:
Aug. 26-27: Eastern N.C.
Aug. 28-29: Piedmont Region
Sept. 9-11: Research Triangle Park
Oct. 7-9: Western N.C.
Nov. 7-8: Charlotte Region
Nov. 18-21: Southeast Region
The tour was initiated to promote the large variety of opportunities available in agriculture throughout N.C., both on and off the farm, and to highlight that women are integral to the industry. By utilizing social outlets, local and national audiences will have the ability to experience agriculture firsthand through live video, interviews, and photos.
The Ponytail Ag campaign is still accepting nominations; if you know any women in agriculture from N.C. that you feel should be represented in the campaign, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The N.C. Biotechnology Center, currently celebrating 35 years of life science transformations in North Carolina, accelerates life science technology-based economic development through innovation, commercialization, education and business growth. The Center's Agriculture Sector Development team furthers this mission by promoting the growth of agricultural technology in the state. Programs, recruitment and engagement efforts are designed to create new opportunities that generate jobs, strengthen the economy and produce the technologies and products that help agriculture meet the global demands for food, fuel, medicine and sustainable materials.
The mission of the N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services is to provide services that promote and improve agriculture, agribusiness and forests; protect consumers and businesses; and conserve farmland and natural resources for the prosperity of all North Carolinians. Through the Got to Be NC initiative, NCDA&CS promotes products that are grown, raised, caught and made in NC as well as the farmers and producers behind them.
North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation was formed in 1936 as a non-profit general farm organization to serve and provide a unified voice for the interests and needs of the farming community. Today, North Carolina Farm Bureau serves as an advocate for our members at the local, state, national and international levels— providing educational, economic, public affairs, marketing, and various other services to our members. North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation remains steadfast in the mission to advocate for farm and rural families and has grown into the largest general farm organization in the state.
Feed the Dialogue N.C. facilitates an important conversation about the foods we eat and the farmers who feed us through discussions on their website and on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and upcoming Feed The Dialogue N.C. events. Topics include animal care, biotechnology/GMOs, farmers and farm practices, food safety, health and nutrition, and the environment. They believe that by providing an input on these topics you can help others be aware of popular issues within the agriculture and food industries. Follow them and their current discussions on social media with the hashtag #FeedTheDialogue.