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  • 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.



  • Posted by Secretary Tom Vilsack on September 10, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack hosts a meeting of the White House Rural Council to discuss continued efforts to better serve rural America – from conservation, to veterans’ services, to rural development, to support for American agriculture and more.



  • Posted by Chris Masingill, Dr. Mary Wakefield, and Doug McKalip on August 9, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    The Delta Regional Authority partnered with the Department of Defense to provide health care via the Innovative Readiness Training program.



  • Posted by Josh Earnest on July 30, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Yesterday, the White House released a report describing the economic benefits of immigration reform in rural communities. Here's what the media is saying about the report.



  • Posted by Todd Batta on July 25, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    State FFA officers traveled to Washington, D.C. this week for the National FFA Organization’s 2013 State Presidents’ Conference (SPC).