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Secretary's Weekly Radio Address
Each week, on Thursday afternoon, Secretary Vilsack publishes a radio address available for download and broadcast
 April 11, 2014 TV #60 AG SEC WEEKLY ADDRESS - Disaster Assistance Sign Up for Farmers and Ranchers to Begin April 15

This week at USDA, over the past several years, livestock producers have suffered through long-term drought, blizzards and other extreme weather-related disasters.

 April 4, 2014 TV #59 AG SEC WEEKLY ADDRESS - USDA Science You Can See

This week at USDA: While most people have a mental image of research that involves scientists in lab coats, bubbling test tubes and beakers, and technical language that can seem complex, much of the groundbreaking research conducted by USDA scientists actually ends up on your plate, in your home, or on your back.

 March 28, 2014 TV #58 AG SEC WEEKLY ADDRESS - Our Nation's Wilderness: Yours to Enjoy and Protect

This week at USDA: This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. When he signed the Act in 1964, President Lyndon Johnson said, "If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it."

 March 21, 2014 TV #57 AG SEC WEEKLY ADDRESS - Serving Up Healthy Food and a Healthier Next Generation

This week at USDA: As Secretary of Agriculture, I take USDA's nickname of the "People's Department"-first coined by President Abraham Lincoln-to heart.

 March 14, 2014 TV #56 AG SEC WEEKLY ADDRESS - Growing Opportunity for Small and Mid-Sized Farmers and Ranchers

This week at USDA: The recent Census of Agriculture shows that there is tremendous potential for growth among the smaller producers that make up the middle of American agriculture, but they need our support to get there.

 March 7, 2014 TV #55 AG SEC WEEKLY ADDRESS - New Farm Bill and 2015 Budget Expand Opportunity in Rural America

This week at USDA: President Obama released USDA's fiscal year 2015 budget proposal, which supports our ongoing work to create jobs and opportunity in rural America.

 February 28, 2014 TV #54 AG SEC WEEKLY ADDRESS - Another Step Forward Towards a Healthier Next Generation

This week at USDA, we took several steps forward in the fight for a healthier future for our nation's children.

 February 21, 2014 TV #53 AG SEC WEEKLY ADDRESS - Census of Agriculture Results Tell Story of Unlimited Potential in Rural America

This week, USDA released preliminary data from the 2012 Census of Agriculture that provides a snapshot of a rural America that remains stable in the face of difficult economic times. While the data do not paint a perfect picture, they do tell a story of the unlimited potential and growing opportunity in modern rural America.

 February 14, 2014 TV #52 AG SEC WEEKLY ADDRESS - New Farm Bill is an Investment in Rural America

This week, The 2014 Farm Bill, passed by Congress and signed last week by President Obama, strengthens the farm safety net and ensures vital nutrition assistance for hardworking children and families during tough times. It closes loopholes and achieves much-needed reform, saving billions of taxpayer dollars.

 February 7, 2014 TV #51 AG SEC WEEKLY ADDRESS - Innovation for a Stronger Rural America

This week, innovation is at the heart of the American agriculture success story. As a matter of course, today's farmers and ranchers must constantly prepare and adapt to get ahead of tomorrow's challenges.

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