Krysta Harden at Hearty Roots

Deputy Harden speaking with a group of young farmers and NYFC members in New York.

Today at 3 PM EST, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Harden will host a Google+ Hangout to highlight USDA’s commitment to new farmers to build the new generation of agriculture.

There are great challenges and opportunities for new and beginning farmers and ranchers as the average age of farm operators continues to rise and more diverse farmers are entering the industry. During the Hangout you will learn from Deputy Secretary Harden and two farmers who will share their experiences in agriculture.

The Hangout will launch a series of outreach and education efforts led by Deputy Harden focusing new and beginning farmers. After the Hangout, we’ll ask you to tell us which topics we should cover in future outreach events.

Participate in the Hangout by watching it live on the USDA Google+ page or on usda.gov/live. Submit discussion questions in advance via the G+ Event page, Twitter, YouTube or Facebook using #NewFarmers.

WHAT: USDA Google+ Hangout on the Changing Face of Agriculture

WHEN: Monday, February 24, 3 PM ET

WHERE: Watch live on USDA Google+ page or via www.usda.gov/live

WHO: USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden
              Kate Danner, corn and soybean farmer, Aledo, Ill.
              Alejandro Tecum, Adelante Mujeres, Forest Grove, OR

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