USDA: Social Media from Farm to Table

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This weekly blog pinpoints huge happenings in the world of Federal government contracting. Check out more on our Twitter account: @RIVA_Solutions. And search our new hashtag, #FedBuzz, for daily updates and join the conversation! Weekly, we, here at RIVA Solutions, like to spotlight government agencies that are leading the way as part of the new social government. We profile the agencies, their public affairs officers, new media directors, web mavens and other gov communicators who give form to the messages that the agencies want to convey. Are you ready to learn about this week’s agency? Read on!

The USDA website states

USDA is an every day, every way Department and we want to connect with people in ways that are the most convenient and effective for them. For some, the most convenient way is to read information directly on our Web site, others might prefer audio or video casts. There are those that want to share what they’ve read or learned, so we have tools to help spread the word.

The USDA is an interesting organization. If you weren’t already aware, the USDA, an acronym of US Department of Agriculture, is made up of 34 agencies and offices that are associated with programs including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), importing and exporting goods, and agricultural research, to name a few.

So how does the USDA use social media from farm to table?

The USDA’s social media presence is managed by their Director of Web Communications, Amanda Eamich and her team.

Check out this video of USDA’s Director of Web Communications, Amanda Eamich as she discusses the goals and uses of social media and Open Gov – http://youtu.be/j6ZxyVwv8wA 

One of the leading twitter accounts is FSIS, Food Safety and Inspection Services, which provides food safety education and information to its twitter followers. The account shares food safety education materials, provide information on recalls and news releases.

The main USDA twitter account tweets about local events and news that is relevant to, well, agriculture.

As part of the Open Gov Initiative, Ms. Eamich explains that the USDA has began “Office Hours” with the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack. According to Ms. Eamich, it sounds like it is a success thus far.

Learn more about the USDA Open Government 2.0, Web 2.0, and general social media efforts here.

Visit any of these USDA Handles to see what ways the USDA uses social media to support rural communities as well as urban.

Twitter: @USDA
Facebook: USDA
YouTube: USDA and Food Safety
Blog: USDA Blog
Flickr: USDA

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