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April 03, 2009   Email to Friend 

Darryal Ray
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April 03, 2009

Will Gilmer
SULLIGENT, Ala. -- Lamar County dairyman Will Gilmer entered the blogosphere twice this week as he posted his blogs on the American Farm Bureau Federation's Web site at www.fb.org/blog.

Gilmer, a member of the national Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee who also maintains his dairy's own Web site at www.GilmerDairyFarm.com, posted the first blog Monday, a thoughtful opinion piece called "Defining Humane Treatment" in which he warns of the dangers of blurring the distinction between "humane" and "human."

In his second blog, "My Teat Dip Cup Runneth Over," Thursday, Gilmer wrote that life on a dairy farm -- although tough at times like these -- is filled with blessings.

The national YF&R Committee began the blog two years ago, featuring stories and commentary from current and former committee members. According to Gilmer, each week two individuals or couples are assigned from a pool of 42 to post one to two blogs.

"We're each free to post whenever we like, though, if there's something we really want to talk about," said Gilmer, a former state Young Farmers chairman. "For the most part, we'll each be posting about current issues within agriculture, sometimes more specific to our own sectors or regions. If we can regularly post our perspectives about the real current issues that face agriculture in an interesting way, readership will continue to grow and the blog will become an increasingly effective tool through which to educate people from all walks of life about agriculture.

"We're trying to encourage more and more people to regularly visit the site," he added. "So, I hope you'll check it out and even 'bookmark' it as one of your favorites! It's a good site for everyone connected to agriculture ... whether you're a producer or a consumer. I may post on the FB Blog a handful of times before my next assigned week, but I'll still keep my own farm's blog, Facebook fan page and Twitter account updated pretty regularly."

For more information about the blog, email Gilmer at will@gilmerdairyfarm.com.

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