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If you….#agnerd

First, some of you may be wondering; what is this #agnerd hashtag and where did it come from?


Agnerd (ag-nurd) nounSlang.  1. A person pursuing knowledge in technology, science and/or obscure facts who also has an interest in or actively participates in the agriculture community.  2. A mythical creature thought to only exist on social media networks.  3. A being that may be considered “unusual” by other people.

The term was first described by Chris Raines (@itweetmeat) and was brought to the mainstream by Kathy Swift (@cowartandmore). For more history, visit this post at agchat.org.

Since its inception, there have been many tweets and posts depicting an #agnerd in action. Here are a few that I came up with.

If you find yourself thinking about SEO while horseback or on a tractor, you might be a #agnerd

If you look up production info on a computer/phone, instead of thumbing through paper, you might be a #agnerd.

If you no longer carry a calf or crop book, because you now enter your data in your phone, you might be a #agnerd

If you’d prefer an app for a phone to stay current on sire info, instead of printed summaries , you might be a #agnerd

If you can recite twitter usernames, hashtags used & topics posted, like EPD’s on herd sires, you might be a #agnerd

If U now see farming & ranching challenges & tragedies as potential posts to share as a tweet or blog, U might be a #agnerd

If U spend more time emailing on a smart phone, while on a tractor, than on a computer, U might be a #agnerd

If you spend more time discussing GPS and software accessories on a new tractor than horsepower & hydraulics, you might be a #agnerd.

If you scan EID’s at a chute w/ an electronic scale, merges the data on a laptop & share via Bluetooth to your phone, you might be a #agnerd.

If you run breeding scenarios on your computer to project possible offspring from potential matings, you might be a #agnerd.

What is your favorite #agnerd identifier?

  1. CRG
    March 11, 2011 at 12:32 AM

    If you get excited about a new county crop report because it’s a chance to dust off your spreadsheets and see how many 1/2-cup servings of carrots your county produced that year, you might be an #agnerd. (5,680,796,875 in 2009, if anyone is curious; and enough honey to sweeten 60 million oatmeal cookies.)

    If all the farmers in the county call you up for tech support, you might be an #agnerd.

    If you study an alfalfa field to try and calculate its color in RGB, CMYK and hex, you might be an #agnerd.

  2. March 11, 2011 at 7:23 AM

    I really like CRG’s last one!

    If you’ve ever designed a blog layout for a farmer, you might be an #agnerd.

    If you carry a pocket knife in one pocket and a smartphone in the other, you might be an #agnerd.

    If you are a video editor/producer and the majority of your work has been about farmers, you might be an #agnerd.

    If you’ve ever used a phone to calculate the amount of feed per head of livestock, you might be an #agnerd.

    If you’ve ever made a bet with a farmer about the amount of Twitter followers they could reach on a given day, you might be an #agnerd.

    If you sit and live-watch blog stats on an #agblog, you might be an #agnerd.

    If you comment on blog posts and list the ways you’re an #agnerd, you definitely are an #agnerd!

  3. March 12, 2011 at 5:36 AM

    If you get an ag blog post from Dancing With The Stars you might be an agnerd.

    If you think in agfacts to share you might be an agnerd.

    If a critic says you can’t do something and you do it, videotape doing it and post it online you might be an agnerd. 🙂

    if you look at a meal – be it home cooked or fast food or restaurant – and think of who and how it was produced you might be an agnerd.

    if you have ever thought “I should record this and put it up online” and do it you might be an agnerd.

    if you look at the differences in a batch of chicks and think it’s a great learning opportunity for video you’re an agnerd

    if you attend a conference and on the trip buy something for the farm you’re an agnerd. Bonus points if it’s breathing.


  4. March 14, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    If you know the difference between HTML, RSS, and Compost you might be an #agnerd.

    If you know there is a time to use #moo and #oink and there never seems to be a #cluck you might be an agnerd.

  5. commonsenseagriculture
    March 15, 2011 at 8:38 AM

    Thank you all for sharing your #agnerd descriptions. Keep ’em coming!

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