Farming fun from PetersonFarmBros
The Peterson Farm Brothers are at it again, having posted another video on YouTube, this time a Gangnam style parody titled “Farmer Style.” It’s topped 10 million hits since being posted on Dec. 4, and earned them spots on CNBC.com and a mention on ABC News (albeit only five-seconds worth, but they still were excited).
That’s 2 million more hits than their first viral hit, “I’m Farming and I Grow It,” which has over 8 million views since being posted in late June.
The videos are fun to watch, and would be a good thing to share over the holidays with family and friends. These strapping young farmers are full of energy and good cheer, and the parodies are great fun, while celebrating farming and American agriculture. My favorite is the first, but I would say the quality of the sound, video and editing is better in the second.
A quick look at the boys’ Facebook page shows they are having great fun with the whole project. They post links to interviews and blogs, and to their online store where they sell T-shirts, an autographed poster, a bumper sticker and Greg Peterson’s audio CD.
And given Christmas is fundamentally a Christian holiday, I found it heartwarming to learn the Peterson Farm Brothers’ see an underlying mission to their efforts. Greg, the musician who recruited his brothers to help with these videos, was interviewed in a Christian blog linked on their Facebook page, as saying he sees his mission in promoting agriculture as the same as when sharing the Gospel. “I do my best to inform people about something they take for granted or do not fully understand. I try to bring truth where there are misconceptions.” They aren’t in your face about it, though, on their Facebook page, but a reference to Psalm 115:1 sent me to the search bar to look it up.
The ethanol industry has a few video contests going, so maybe someday one of these will catch viewer’s fancy. The National corn Growers Association posted its “Ethanol Rocks Video Contest” winners online in early November. and New Holland’s contest for members of the National FFA Organization closed in mid-December. Iowa Renewable Fuels Association also sponsors a contest for videos. The deadline for this year's IRFA contest is Jan. 18. It’s always fun to see what these young people come up with.