If you're inclined and enjoy a birthday party, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will be holding an official kick-off of the USDA's 150th birthday celebration - the agency was founded May 15, 1962 - today. A special event slated for 10:30 a.m. EDT today is a conversation between Vilsack and MSNBC Morning Joe's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzenzinski.
Joining Vilsack will be conservationist Chuck Leavell, who also happens to be a long-time keyboardist of the Rolling Stones and founder of the Mother Nature Network. Art Monk, NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver will be on hand; and three-time NFL Pro Bowl Linebacker LaVar Arrington will also be part of the event.
And you can watch it live online using your high-speed web access. The celebration will be webcast on USDA's site, which you can access by visiting www.usda.gov/live this morning.
The agency started promoting the anniversary yesterday with "virtual office hours" as Vilsack took questions from the public over Twitter. Check out that conversation, online. In addition, the agency plans to hold another event of that type next month too.
You can also learn more about other 150th celebrations planned by visiting www.usda.gov/usda150.