AgChat, a weekly moderated conversation on Twitter, was started a year ago by Michele Payn-Knoper of Cause Matters Corp.

So far the Tuesday night event (visit twitter.com/agchat at 8-10 Eastern time) has a following of 4,500 people ranging from eager college students to farmers of all ages, to university Extension specialists, agribusiness people and foodies.

It’s a virtual “global coffeeshop or global cocktail party,” says Payn-Knoper. “You determine which conversations you want to be a part of, just as you would in person. And you get to talk with farmers from all over the world.

“It is completely overwhelming the first time, so give it a second time, because it literally is 1,000-plus tweets over the two hours,” she warns.

To learn more, visit michelepaynknoper.com/agchat.html.