The Occupy Wall Street movement has left the confines of New York and has spread around the globe. Some of us are tuned in to the protests, some of us tuned it out. I’ve read numerous blog posts and news articles, both pro and con, and supporting and condemning, and I still come back to one question: What solutions are being offered?


And so, into that silence entered some frivolity. (Thus the Star Wars-motivated “Occupy Tatooine” doctored photo, shown above, that’s been circulating through the online community.)

Farmers, too, shrugged off their fall harvest intensity (because at least here in Ohio, it’s raining… again) and joined the Occupy Madness.

One of the first signs was a Tweet from Mark Rohrich, a fourth generation farmer in North Dakota who goes by the Twitter handle of @sunflowerfarmer.

And a little later, Darin Grimm (@kansfarmer on Twitter) posted this:

Of course, I had to add my own two cents..

Quicker than a line can form for an Occupy Wall Street porta-jon, the Twitterverse took the hashtag and ran, er, Tweeted with it. You can see a real-time Twitter search for all the Tweets with the #occupycombine hashtag, and get a sense of the creativity that lurks among all that duct tape and baler twine.

Two farmer-social media veterans went to the next level and blogged about the movement (although there’s probably more that I don’t know about, so feel free to add the link in the comment section below).

Ohio’s Mike Haley blogged that the movement was a peaceful one:

“This is a peaceful movement, there are no demands, only prayers for good weather to help get the crops harvested in a quick and safe manner.”

And Alabama dairyman Will Gilmer creatively blogged about the #OccupyFarmLane protest he thought his cows were staging.

His post is punctuated by individual Tweets and photos he uploaded during the day.

You really need to read his full post to get the full effect! It’s a great read.

The OccupyCombine movement has nothing to do with our national economic discontent, but everything to do with the growing social media camaraderie and community that is building connections within agriculture online — a community that is also extending its voice to the nonfarm community in powerful ways.

It’s just that this time around, it’s just about having some fun. (Shocking, I know. Farmers DO laugh.) As for me, I’ll just continue to #occupyFarmandDairyeditorshotseat and monitor those pesky farmers’ demands…

Farm and Dairy Editor Susan Crowell has been with the paper since 1985, serving as its editor since 1989. Raised on a farm in Holmes County, she is a graduate of Kent State University.
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