Farmers educate and entertain on YouTube
In an increasingly Internet-connected world, two Kansas farm operations are using YouTube to entertain and educate consumers about rural life.
The latest video from the Peterson brothers of Assaria, Kan., "Farmer Style," a parody of the "Gangnam Style" video, has passed 12 million views.
"Hopefully we’re not just speaking to the choir and we can get the message out there to others as well," says Greg Peterson, a senior at Kansas State University.
Peterson started a YouTube channel in November 2011, posting videos with his brothers. The Peterson family runs a beef cattle operation and farms 1,000 acres of wheat, corn, alfalfa, sorghum and soybeans.
Farm family. A love of music led farmer Derek Klingenberg of Peabody, Kan., to begin using YouTube. As a father to three daughters, he wants to spotlight the importance of family.
"That’s the most important crop I’ll ever grow," says Klingenberg, who grows corn, soybeans and wheat and raises cattle with his dad and brothers.
Since joining YouTube in 2008, Klingenberg has posted more than 20 clips. The latest, "Daddy D," is a self-composed rap that pays homage to family and farm life.
To watch the videos by the Peterson brothers and Derek Klingenberg, visit
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- March 2013