Calling Ag Supporters: Share What’s at Stake #MyFarmBill

USDA launched an @Instagram and we want to hear from YOU! Record a 15 second video or snap a photo and show us what the Farm Bill means to you and your community. We'll share some of our favorites here.

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  1. At USDA, we remain committed to sharing with all Americans the need for a comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill to keep up momentum in American agriculture, grow the rural economy and create jobs.  And today, we launched Instagram, @USDAgov, to highlight photos and videos from around the country that bring into your home the dynamic beauty of rural America and the hard work of people who live there.

    But that’s not all – we want to hear from you!
  2. Secretary Vilsack kicked us off on September 4, 2013 by asking you to share your stories on what the Food, Farm and Jobs Bill means to YOU and your communities.  Using your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube or blog, we are inviting you to help us tell this important story and to highlight the impacts that these programs have on our nation’s rural and urban communities alike.  Use the hashtag #MyFarmBill and we’ll share some of our favorites.

    Check out usda.gov/farmbill for more information and resources. We can’t wait to hear from you.
  3. Welcome to the USDAgov @Instagram account! Secretary Vilsack kicks us off by asking you to share your stories on what the #Food, #Farm and #Jobs Bill means to YOU and your communities. Help us tell this important story and highlight the impacts that these programs have on our nation's #rural and #urban communities alike. Use the hashtag #MyFarmBill. Stay tuned for more from us at @USDAgov!
  4. Secretary Vilsack also put out a call via USDA radio and Agri-Pulse asking people to use social media to share their stories:
  5. On Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, National Coordinator for Local and Regional Food Systems Elanor Starmer led a live Google+ Hangout to discuss the importance of a comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill to local and regional food systems. Starmer was accompanied by a panel of experts, program recipients and future community leaders.
  6. USDA Google+ Hangout on Local and Regional Food Systems and #MyFarmBill
  7. Deputy Program Manager for the USDA BioPreferred Program Kate Lewis lead a live Google+ Hangout to discuss the importance of a comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill to the growing biobased economy. She was accompanied by a panel of industry standouts working with USDA to create new markets for biobased products.
  8. #MyFarmBill Google+ Hangout on The Growing Biobased Market - Influencers, Insight, and Impacts
  9. And here was the response:
  10. Last week, six @NationalFFA officers stopped by #USDA headquarters to meet with Secretary Vilsack. We caught them just before their meeting to ask them to weigh in on important issues for #rural America. Jackson Harris, Southern Region Vice President from #Alabama, had this to say about addressing rural #poverty in his state. #FFA #StrikeForce #MyFarmBill #video
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