Pull up that Twitter account and get your questions ready. On Monday, Dec. 17, 2:30 p.m. (Central time) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will host a live Virtual Office Hours session on Twitter  to answer questions on 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.
Secretary Vilsack will answer Twitter queries including:
- 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?
Submit your questions in advance to the @USDA Twitter account using the hashtag #AskUSDA.
Take this opportunity to ask your questions about growing agriculture in rural communities, passing a farm bill and emerging opportunities for new farmers and ranchers. Be an agvocate.
If you’re not quite sure what to do, try something like this: @USDA: How big of a priority is a new farm bill? #askUSDA
If you don’t have a Twitter account, get one! Go to twitter.com and sign up. Just use your email, create your user name and follow the prompts. Here are more tips on signing up for and using twitter.