This guide was designed to help you 1) find people you can talk to and 2) provide resources to help you talk to people you don't know. Although this guide is not comprehensive, it is designed as a starting point to show a few of the many sources available to you.
Think about what it is you want to know. Is it about farm management styles, feeding systems to implement, agricultural waste management, etc? Answering these types of questions will help you locate the best places to find people who can best answer your questions.
Many organizations will provide names of board members, association members, or general directories, which can provide contact information to people who can offer help in answering your questions or discuss topics of interest with. Use the “contact us” (when available) or search the site for member information. You might also need to search for a person's or farm's contact information using a search engine (e.g. Google).
To find contact information for different groups, you might need to look for links such as "members," "offices," "partners," etc. The"contact us" section might also have additional names or groups to contact instead of just one general email or phone number and address (though that can sometimes be useful too).
The groups listed above represent a small sector of associations, it is by no means comprehensive. To find other organizations/associations, try using the terms “association” or “council” or "cooperative" or "foundation" with your other keywords..
There are a number of resources available to help you develop your communication style and interviewing techniques. These are just a few to help get you started.
Web resources you can use to develop or improve your interviewing techniques:
There are also several items on the web and in the library that deal with "the art of conversation" such as http://www.abac.edu/lfelton/2292_conversation.pdf. You can also use the CommLab (located on the 1st floor of the library) where you can further develop your conversation and listening skills.