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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Honors USDA Employees in Awards Ceremony
WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2010 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today honored U.S. Department of Agriculture employees from across the Nation for leadership efforts and accomplishments that have furthered the mission and goals of the Department.
"USDA is the 'Every Day, Every Way' Department because of the incredible breadth and complexity of the impact that our employees make on the nation, and today, I am proud to honor those employees who have gone above and beyond in their work to create prosperity and better quality of life for the people that need it most," said Vilsack. "This year's awards reflect President Obama's and my priorities for the Department: revitalizing rural communities; providing America's children safe, nutritious and balanced meals; conserving and restoring our nation's natural resources; and promoting agricultural production and increasing food security."
The Honor Awards are the most prestigious awards given by USDA. This year there are 28 groups and 8 individual award winners, totaling 500 award winners in all, who represent outstanding service in many fields. These include:
- Enhancing the quality of life for rural residents by improving their economic opportunities, community infrastructure, environmental health, and the sustainability of agricultural production;
- Protecting and restoring America's forests, farms, ranches and grasslands while making them more resilient to threats and enhancing our natural resources;
- Ensuring U.S. agricultural resources contribute to enhanced global food security; enhance America's ability to develop and trade agricultural products derived from new technologies; and promote sustainable and productive agricultural systems that enable food-insecure nations to feed themselves;
- Supporting and protecting the Nation's agricultural system and the consumers it serves, by safeguarding the quality and wholesomeness of meat, poultry, and egg products; providing nutrition assistance to children and low-income people who need it; and proactively addressing and preventing loss and damage from pests and disease outbreaks;
- Transforming USDA into a model organization through management efficiencies and workforce strength, diversity, and talent;
- Notable achievements in scientific research, economic analysis, soil conservation, risk management, farm program delivery, food program delivery, administrative management, improvements to the safety, health, and well being of others, or any mission-related activity of USDA;
- Support service that enhances management excellence; and
- Acts of heroism performed in the line of duty.
USDA also recognized its Presidential Rank Award recipients, and employees receiving the President's Volunteer Service Award and Call to Service Award.
All award recipients are listed on the USDA homepage at http://www.usda.gov/documents/HonorAwardsProgram-2010.pdf .
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