Video Guidance for Farmers

Feeling inspired to create a video and share something you’ve learned or experienced with soil and water stewardship practices with other farmers?

You do not need to be an expert about a practice to share ideas and experiences that could help other farmers. We’re open to ideas that are relevant to any stage of a farmer’s stewardship journey, from beginner to advanced.

Here is some guidance to help you share your message:

  • Give practical advice. Tell us what you did, how you did it, and what you learned. Be honest about the challenges and even your failures. Consider the advice you wish you had.
  • What’s your evidence? Tell us how you knew things were (or weren’t) working. If you’re not sure what the research says, it’s OK! If it worked for you and you think others can learn from it, that sounds like good evidence to us.
  • Provide key details about your operation. Other farmers want to know your geography, cropping system, and any other factors that would influence the applicability of your idea to other farms.
  • Keep it short. Try to keep your video short, but don’t be afraid to get into the weeds. Your fellow farmers want to hear how you did it, how you knew things were working, and why you think your idea matters.
  • Avoid background noise. Wind, machinery, and other voices can interfere with your sound. If possible, use a microphone.
  • Share your idea(s) authentically. You do not need to introduce your idea as “My one good idea is….” And your video can cover multiple related ideas!

You can also download these tips for creating a “selfie-style” video, courtesy of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension.

For now, we’re accepting only videos from farmers. But if you have a podcast or other product that you’ve created and want to share, we’d love to hear from you, so we can grow this platform appropriately. Email us