Warning: this blog post is a departure from my typical posts on consumer trends and beef industry buzz, but I think it’s worth sharing. So, if you’re a single cowboy or cowgirl , pay attention. I’ve got some exciting news for you!
“Love has come to farm country USA,” reported the Today Show  earlier this week. I was pleasantly surprised to see fellow South Dakotans Morgan and Jason Kontz, who met online and fell in love, as the featured couple in this morning news segment. I quickly grabbed the remote and turned up the TV, so I wouldn’t miss a second of the story.
Morgan is a South Dakota blogger who writes at www.sdfarmwife.blogspot.com . I met her a few years ago when I spoke at a Common Ground workshop, and I was immediately impressed with her story, charisma and ability to connect her urban friends with her new life in the country.
Like many couples, the Kontzes turned to online dating to find love. A new site called farmersonly.com  is designed for folks who are “single in the country.
“I would much rather listen to birds chirping in the country than a bunch of taxi cabs blowing their horns at each other,” says Jerry Miller, founder of the online dating service farmersonly.com. “City folks just don’t get it. People from the city ask me what they don’t get. Well, I say a lot of you think that chocolate milk comes from brown cows.”
More than 1 million farmers and rural enthusiasts have signed up for the online dating site, and the list of success stories  and positive testimonies is long.
The proof is in the pudding that real people are finding love through this site. Staticbrain.com reports that 17% of marriages overall in the last year were among couples that met on a dating site, and 20% of current committed relationships began online.
So, I imagine that farmersonly.com would be a great tool for finding folks who share similar interests and understand life in the country. For ranchers who live in remote areas, it can be tricky to meet that special someone, so this online dating site might be just the ticket.
What do you think about farmersonly.com? Is it something you would use personally? Would you recommend it to your eligible farm friends? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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