WASHINGTON — In his first major speech since the election, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Dec. 6 directly addressed Republican criticism of the Obama administration during the election campaign, and said that leaders in rural America need to take on a “new attitude” that replaces “trying to preserve what we’ve got” with “a growth mindset.”
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told delegates to the Democratic convention on Sept. 5 that President Obama has done a lot to help farmers and rural America, but that there is more to do in a second term.
Jerry Hagstrom, Special to Agweek
September 10, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will close 259 domestic offices, labs and other facilities as part of an effort to save $150 million per year, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Jan. 9.
WEST FARGO, N.D. - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will be a special guest
at the 30th Annual Big Iron Farm Show. Vilsack has accepted an invitation
from the Red River Farm Network to participate in a question and answer
session at RRFN's Issues and Events Center Tuesday, September 14th. The
one-hour seminar begins at 11:30 a.m.
TOKYO — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack pressed Japan on Friday for quick action in planned talks on easing access to its beef market, saying he would put together a negotiating team as soon as he gets home to Washington.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack suggested Wednesday that restarting talks on U.S. beef imports, subject to prolonged restrictions because of concerns over mad cow disease, will take priority on his visit to Japan.
WASHINGTON — Major farm groups are praising President Obama’s March 27 decision to appoint Michael Punke, a former aide to Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., as deputy U.S. trade representative and head of the Trade Representative’s Geneva office and two other officials whose nominations had been held up in the Senate.
WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who is traveling to Japan April 5 to 9 to Japan, says he hopes to make progress on expanding beef exports to Japan by listening to the Japanese more than Bush administration negotiators did.
MARSHALL, Minn. — In Minnesota’s 7th District, agriculture is dominated by corn, soybeans, turkeys and sugar beets, but it is the “local foods” issue — organic vegetables, fruit and grass-fed beef — that brought Tom Vilsack for his first visit as agriculture secretary.
WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Feb. 18 called on Congress to re-establish the expired biodiesel tax credit. Vilsack praised the biodiesel tax credit as a job creator in rural America in his address to USDA’s annual Agricultural Outlook Forum.
MARSHALL — No knock against convenience stores, but the United States Department of Agriculture is changing focus to support the development of farmers markets, food processing and cold storage facilities in rural communities, according to Tom Vilsack, secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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