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 May 2, 2014 TV #63 AG SEC WEEKLY ADDRESS - Landmark Farm Bill Support for Conservation Helps to Boost Rural Economy

This week at USDA, Rural Americans have always had a strong connection to the land. Since 2009 alone, more than 500,000 farmers, ranchers and rural land owners across the country have embarked on record conservation projects with USDA as a partner.

 April 25, 2014 TV #62 AG SEC WEEKLY ADDRESS - Supporting Families Facing Adversity: USDA Achieves Results for Producers after Week One of Disaster Assistance Sign up By Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

Last week, farmers and ranchers began signing up for disaster assistance programs that were restored by the 2014 Farm Bill. While it took a year to implement disaster relief programs after the last farm bill was passed in 2008, disaster programs were up and running in just 60 days this time around, thanks to hardworking Farm Service Agency (FSA) employees in more than 2,000 offices across the country. These disaster programs will not replace all of the losses farmers and ranchers faced, but it will provide some relief and help ensure that extreme weather won't cause families to lose the farm.

 April 18, 2014 TV #61 AG SEC WEEKLY ADDRESS - Farm Bill Supports Specialty Crop Growers, Improves Access to Healthy Food

This week at USDA, the 2014 Farm Bill has already set in motion and accomplished so much for our country. With historic support for specialty crop producers across the country, the bill will touch every one of our lives through one of the most basic of human needs: food.

 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.

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