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  • Posted by Leila Samy and Gina Capra on April 1, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Following the lead of the White House Rural Council, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the VA are working with their public and private partners to ensure rural providers and the communities they serve have the health IT tools they need.



  • Posted by Doug McKalip on March 26, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Representatives from the White House Domestic Policy Council, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of the Treasury joined representatives from various community projects from around the country to discuss how to increase healthy food access to communities in need.



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    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.



  • Posted by Earl F. Gohl on February 18, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Forty-two percent of the Appalachian Region's population lives in rural areas. President Obama’s Made in Rural America export and investment initiative presents a strategic opportunity to expand the region’s exporting sector, grow jobs, and ensure long-term sustainable growth.



  • Posted by Kasie Coccaro on February 15, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    President Obama headed to California to tour drought-affected areas and talk to those affected by impacts of one of the state’s worst droughts in over 100 years.



  • Posted by Doug McKalip on February 7, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Today, in East Lansing Michigan, on the campus of one of our nation’s first land grant colleges, President Obama signed into law the Agricultural Act of 2014, also known as the Farm Bill, or as Secretary Vilsack likes to call it – the Jobs Bill, the Research Bill, the Food Bill, etc.



  • Posted by Secretary Tom Vilsack and Nancy Sutley on December 12, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    The White House Rural Council recently released a report on the economic importance of passing a comprehensive Food, Farm, and Jobs Bill. The report outlined the importance of the Farm Bill to our nation and the many ways that the legislation affects and benefits Americans every day.



  • Posted by Nancy Sutley on November 15, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Today, the Obama Administration is excited to announce a new partnership between seven Federal agencies that will help communities better prepare for droughts and reduce the impact of drought events on families and businesses. The interagency National Drought Resilience Partnership is part of the President’s Climate Action Plan. Federal agencies are already working with communities, businesses and farmers and ranchers to build resilience to drought on the ground, and this Partnership will enhance those efforts.



  • Posted by Josh Earnest on November 8, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    HHS announced new primary care sites in 236 communities for 1.25 million additional patients, made possible by the Affordable Care Act.



  • Posted by Robbie Barbero on October 23, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    On October 2nd, the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation announced the launch of a new prize that aims to inspire the next generation of agricultural innovators and entrepreneurs. The “Agricultural Innovation Prize: Powered by 40 Chances,” is a student-led, student-focused competition established by the University of Wisconsin-Madison in collaboration with USDA and funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.