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Got a question for USDA leader Tom Vilsack about emerging trends in agriculture?

For his final Virtual Office Hours session of 2012, Vilsack will host a live Twitter chat onvilsack_feature the important role of rural America to the national and global economy, increasing agricultural opportunities in U.S. communities, and the importance of passing a five-year Farm Bill.

Tweet your questions with the hashtag #AskUSDA and he may answer during a live chat this afternoon!

You may have questions like:

  • What are the emerging sectors in agriculture for new farmers and ranchers; where do I find them?
  • In both rural and urban communities, what is the significance of the agricultural sector?
  • I didn’t grow up on a farm. Are there other opportunities in agriculture besides farming that I should know about?

The chat will take place at 3:30 p.m. EDT today. (December 17, 2012)

Ask Secretary Vilsack

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Ryan Best’s Testimony from the Senate Ag Committee Hearing

Did you miss our national FFA president’s testimony before the Senate Ag Committee today? Here’s a transcript:

Written Statement for the Record

Ryan W. Best
2011-12 National FFA President
National FFA Organization
Portales, New Mexico

Leveraging Agricultural Education and FFA To Strengthen American Agriculture Through the 2012 Farm Bill

Before the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry

The Honorable Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman

March 14, 2012

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