FarmersOnly.com

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FarmersOnly.com is an online dating service for farmers, ranchers, animal lovers, nature lovers and other rural and country folk with traditional values. The site now has over 1.5 million members[1] and is responsible for more than two weddings per week.[2] While mainstream media and consumers have often reacted to FarmersOnly with disbelief, success stories include couples from all across the country including California,[3][4] North[5] and South Dakota,[6] Wisconsin,[7] Indiana,[8] Pennsylvania,[9] Michigan,[10] Montana,[11] and New York.[12] In recent national coverage, CBS This Morning covered a Wisconsin success story featuring two dairy farmers who met on FarmersOnly, had their wedding on the farm, and recently had a baby.[13]

FarmersOnly.com was founded in May 2005 [14][15] by Jerry Miller,[16] owner of an ad agency in Ohio. Jerry's friend, the widow of a farmer, struggled to find someone new to spend the rest of her life with, so Jerry began FarmersOnly to meet the needs of the many folks 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." [17] By April 2008, the site reported having over 90,000 members.[18] FarmersOnly's tagline is "City folks just don't get it.".[19] According to the founder, if you think chocolate milk comes from brown cows, the site is probably not for you.[20] However, the site recently attracted attention[21] when ABC Nightline followed a city girl with no farming background named Afton from Des Moines, IA on a first date with Farmer Joe 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.[17] The site estimates that it is responsible for one wedding per week and appeals to country folk of all ages with members from all 50 U.S. states and Canada.[17]

FarmersOnly.com, is owned by FarmersOnly Media, Inc.[22] and its offices are located in Pepper Pike, OH. [23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.jrn.com/tmj4/news/special-assignments/Tonight-at-10-Finding-Love-in-Farm-Country-245366731.html
  2. ^ http://www.agnewscenter.com/archives.cfm?news=8828
  3. ^ http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/archives/2014/0213/article_bd3a4bee-942c-11e3-87a9-001a4bcf6878.html
  4. ^ http://www.farmersonly.com/success-stories/From-Silicon-Valley-to-the-Mountains
  5. ^ http://www.thedickinsonpress.com/content/farmer-based-site-plants-seeds-love
  6. ^ http://www.tristateneighbor.com/news/regional/article_108fb940-7210-11e2-aa14-0019bb2963f4.html
  7. ^ http://dairystar.com/main.asp?Search=1&ArticleID=8304&SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&S=1
  8. ^ http://katiecouric.com/videos/unique-love-found-online/
  9. ^ http://www.farmersonly.com/success-stories/I-loved-him-long-before-I-met-him-pennsylvania-west-virginia-farmers
  10. ^ http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/02/12/275878303/niche-online-dating-promises-a-different-site-for-every-preference
  11. ^ http://blog.farmersonly.com/2014/03/dating-site-takes-aim-at-montana-farmers.html
  12. ^ http://www.farmersonly.com/success-stories/nice-jersey-cows-hint-at-a-lifelong-match
  13. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfjMQ-VShj4&list=UU-SJ6nODDmufqBzPBwCvYvQ
  14. ^ http://rss.msnbc.msn.com/id/10086726/
  15. ^ Riehl, Nicole (21 December 2005). FarmersOnly.com cultivates love down on the farm, The Gazette (Cedar Rapids)
  16. ^ http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jerry-miller-golf-pro/94/879/8b7
  17. ^ a b c http://www.startribune.com/local/28678059.html?page=2&c=y
  18. ^ (27 April 2008). Let’s Say You Want to Date a Hog Farmer, The New York Times
  19. ^ http://www.farmersonly.com
  20. ^ http://www.today.com/health/farmers-salad-toppings-26-weirdly-niche-dating-sites-6C10843053
  21. ^ http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/farmersonly-dating-site-connects-singles-country-22511888
  22. ^ http://farmersonly.com/pages/terms_and_conditions
  23. ^ http://www.manta.com/c/mx8gr6j/farmersonly-media-inc

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