FarmersOnly.com

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FarmersOnly.com is an online dating service for farmers, ranchers, and people living in rural areas of the United States and Canada. The site now has over 1.5 million members.[1] Success stories include couples from California,[2][3] North[4] and South Dakota,[5] Wisconsin,[6] Indiana,[7] Pennsylvania,[8] Michigan,[9] Montana,[10] and New York.[11]

FarmersOnly.com was founded in May 2005 [12][13] by Jerry Miller who was at the time the owner of an ad agency in Ohio. Jerry's friend, the widow of a farmer, struggled with finding a new relationship, so Jerry began FarmersOnly to meet the needs of people in rural areas who share conservative values. "You don't have to be a farmer, but you do have to have good old-fashioned down to earth values." [14] By April 2008, the site reported having over 90,000 members.[15] FarmersOnly's tagline is "City folks just don't get it.".[16] However, the site received national attention[17] when ABC Nightline followed a non-rural woman with no farming background named from Des Moines, IA on a first date with a rural man from Wahoo, NE.

FarmersOnly was thrust into the national spotlight by a writer at Newsweek who wrote about FarmersOnly in the magazine. Quickly, the site's initial strategy of starting by handing out free memberships, coupled with the national attention, led to a major boom for the site.[14] The site estimates that it is responsible for one wedding per week in the United States and Canada.[14]

The site accommodates both heterosexual and rural gay users.[18]

FarmersOnly.com, is owned by FarmersOnly Media, Inc.[19] and its offices are located in Pepper Pike, OH. [20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Graham, Stephanie (Feb 13, 2014). "Finding love in farm country". WTMJ-TV. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Rubin, Sara (February 13, 2014). "Online dating site for ag folks takes off, pairing agrarian dreamers, rodeo stars and agribiz magnates.". Monterey County Weekly. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.farmersonly.com/success-stories/From-Silicon-Valley-to-the-Mountains
  4. ^ http://www.thedickinsonpress.com/content/farmer-based-site-plants-seeds-love
  5. ^ http://www.tristateneighbor.com/news/regional/article_108fb940-7210-11e2-aa14-0019bb2963f4.html
  6. ^ http://dairystar.com/main.asp?Search=1&ArticleID=8304&SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&S=1
  7. ^ http://katiecouric.com/videos/unique-love-found-online/
  8. ^ http://www.farmersonly.com/success-stories/I-loved-him-long-before-I-met-him-pennsylvania-west-virginia-farmers
  9. ^ http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/02/12/275878303/niche-online-dating-promises-a-different-site-for-every-preference
  10. ^ http://blog.farmersonly.com/2014/03/dating-site-takes-aim-at-montana-farmers.html
  11. ^ http://www.farmersonly.com/success-stories/nice-jersey-cows-hint-at-a-lifelong-match
  12. ^ http://rss.msnbc.msn.com/id/10086726/
  13. ^ Riehl, Nicole (21 December 2005). FarmersOnly.com cultivates love down on the farm, The Gazette (Cedar Rapids)
  14. ^ a b c http://www.startribune.com/local/28678059.html?page=2&c=y
  15. ^ (27 April 2008). Let’s Say You Want to Date a Hog Farmer, The New York Times
  16. ^ http://www.farmersonly.com
  17. ^ http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/farmersonly-dating-site-connects-singles-country-22511888
  18. ^ "FAQs". Farmersonly.com. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  19. ^ http://farmersonly.com/pages/terms_and_conditions
  20. ^ http://www.manta.com/c/mx8gr6j/farmersonly-media-inc

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