Reden Mark Costales has become an internet influencer who encourages Filipinos to go into agriculture through his social media platform, The Agrillenial.
In his vlogs, Mr. Costales discusses running a farm as a business, cropping techniques, and how to care for livestock based on his experience managing their family farm.
He said we launched his vlog site because of “the lack of quality instructional content on the agriculture industry, motivation for would-be farmers and inspiration for the younger generation (Millennials and Gen Z) to go into farming.”
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