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Join us for a Google+ Hangout: "What the Farm Bill Means for New Farmers" with Deputy Secretary Harden

Posted by Rachael Dubinsky, USDA Office of Communications in Conservation
Sep 03, 2014

On Tuesday, September 9th, at 3 p.m. eastern, Deputy Secretary Harden will host a Google+ Hangout to share some highlights from the new Farm Bill and discuss what this means for new and beginning farmers and ranchers.

The Agricultural Act of 2014 is important legislation that provides authorization for services and programs that impact every American and millions of people around the world. The new Farm Bill builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past five years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer.  The new Farm Bill will allow USDA to continue record accomplishments on behalf of the American people, while providing new opportunity and creating jobs across rural America.

This new Farm Bill is especially important for new and beginning farmers and ranchers who are looking for tools and resources to support them as they both establish and grow their farm businesses.

During this hangout, participants will hear from panelists who represent some of the departments at USDA that provide help and resources to new and beginning farmers and ranchers. The Hangout will include YOUR questions and comments.

Leading the discussion:

  • Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden
  • Farm and Foreign Agriculture Service Deputy Under Secretary Karis Gutter
  • Agriculture Marketing Service Administrator Anne Alonzo
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service Assistant Chief Kirk Hanlin

Participate in the Hangout on Tuesday by watching it live on the USDA Google+ page or on  Add your questions in advance or share your story on Twitter or Facebook by using #NewFarmers. You can RSVP to attend the event on our Google+ page.

Sample questions include:

  1. What tools does USDA offer new and beginning farmers?
  2. Are there new programs in the Farm Bill that I should be seeking information on?
  3. How do I know which program is right for me?

To learn about some of the key changes in the Farm Bill made for new farmers and ranchers, please visit the Agricultural Act of 2014: Highlights and Implications page.

Category/Topic: Conservation