OSAGE BEACH, Mo.—Kids will teach adults about YouTube videos at the Computers on the Farm conference, Jan. 8-9, said John Travlos, University of Missouri Extension computer specialist.
FFA and 4-H members become the leaders at the annual conference for farm use of new technology. “Young people know more about social networking than we do,” said Travlos, coordinator of the annual program at Tan-Tar-A Resort.
YouTube is for more than following antics of celebrities. “Many farmers already know how to share information on the Internet using videos. If someone figures out a way to replace a part that is not explained in the manual, they make a video and put it on YouTube,” Travlos said. “Farmers have always been good about sharing information with neighbors.”
Originally, farmers at Computers on the Farm conferences shared tips on computerized recordkeeping and management. They compared hardware and software. Now it goes beyond desktop computers to include smart phones and digital cameras.
Popular topics include precision agriculture, field mapping, production software, PowerPoint and social networking with Facebook and Twitter.
Bookkeeping and tax accounting topics remain popular.
Topics are for both beginners and advanced users, Travlos said. Separate sessions will be held for young people. Scholarships for FFA and 4-H members are provided by Missouri FCS Financial, an agricultural lending cooperative.
Participants bring their hardware and mobile devices. They also share software and apps for their smart phones. “They always bring something new,” Travlos said. Vendors will show their products in the exhibit area.
“The program is built mainly on farmers teaching farmers,” Travlos said.
Sign-in starts at noon on Jan. 8. Sessions begin at 1 p.m. The conference concludes the following afternoon.
Fee for the first family member is $115. Reduced fees and scholarships are available for additional family members. Fees cover meals and handouts.
Tan-Tar-A Resort is on state Route KK, three miles west of Highway 54 in Osage Beach, Mo. Special room rates are available by mentioning “Computers on the Farm.” Call 800-826-8272.
For more information, including registration details, see http://agebb.missouri.edu/cotf/. Secure online registration with credit card is available.
Travlos manages the Agricultural Electronic Bulletin Board, a service of the MU Extension Commercial Agriculture Program. AgEBB provides farm management information and agricultural news. The content is provided by faculty of the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.