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Media Advisory No. 5105.12
Office of Communications (202) 720-4623
Media Advisory: Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to Host Virtual Office Hours
Commemorating 150 Years at USDA
WASHINGTON, May 10, 2012 – ON MONDAY, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will host the May USDA Virtual Office Hours on Twitter. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will sit down to talk about USDA’s 150th anniversary, major accomplishments and the future of agriculture and food. During the live Twitter chat, Secretary Vilsack will answer YOUR questions on the past, present and future of USDA as an every day, every way Department.
On May 15, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed legislation to create the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Two and one-half years after establishing the Department, in what would be his final annual message to the Congress, Lincoln called USDA "The People's Department." At that time, about half of all Americans lived on farms, compared with about 2 percent today. But through our work on food, agriculture, economic development, science, natural resource conservation and a host of issues, USDA still fulfills Lincoln's vision - touching the lives of every American, every day.
Submit your energy related questions in advance to the @USDA Twitter account using the hashtag #AskUSDA and #USDA150.
USDA Virtual Office Hours, a monthly live question and answer series allows stakeholders to directly engage with USDA leadership and subject matter experts
Monday, May 14, 2012
1:30 p.m. EDT
WHAT: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will host May’s USDA Virtual Office Hours on Twitter. The discussion will be on the past, present and future of the USDA’s agriculture and food mission.
This is your chance to ask Secretary Vilsack about future opportunities.
WHERE: Tune in online by following @USDA and using #askUSDA and #USDA150.
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