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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
 December 5, 2014 TV #86 AG SEC WEEKLY ADDRESS - USDA Partners with Native Americans

Shortly after taking office, I joined other Cabinet officials on a visit to rural Southwest Alaska. We met with Alaska Native leaders and heard firsthand the difficulties facing Native Americans living in small communities in remote, rural areas. Since that time, this administration has worked each day to provide Native Americans with improved housing, better educational opportunities, clean water and sanitation, and the opportunity to create good jobs. Attach link to 2014 USDA tribal accomplishments doc.

 November 10, 2014 TV #85 AG SEC WEEKLY ADDRESS - In Rural America, Promise and Opportunity Abound for Veterans

Veterans have sacrificed dearly to keep this country safe. Every day, they confront and triumph over those that threaten our national security. We owe it to our military men and women to ensure a different kind of security is waiting when they return home-the security that comes from the promise of a good job, affordable housing, a quality education and dependable health care

 October 16, 2014 TV #83 AG SEC WEEKLY ADDRESS - Family Farmers Do More Than Feed the World

The headlines today can often seem bleak: worries of terrorism, global health, climate change, drought and hunger dominate the news cycle.

 October 8, 2014 TV #82 AG SEC WEEKLY ADDRESS - Bioeconomy Brings Big Opportunity to Rural America

Today, small businesses and global companies alike have harnessed the power of America's farms to create new biobased products that are used all around the world.

 October 2, 2014 TV #81 AG SEC WEEKLY ADDRESS - Farm to School Programs Create New Opportunities for Farmers

This October, just like every other month during the school year, school menus will feature an array of products from local and regional farmers, ranchers, and fishermen.

 September 18, 2014 TV #79 AG SEC WEEKLY ADDRESS - Investing in Conservation Innovation

Earlier this week, USDA announced $15.7 million in Conservation Innovation Grants to 47 organizations that will help develop and demonstrate cutting-edge ideas to help farmers and ranchers continue to improve conservation practices on their operations.

 August 20, 2014 TV #77 AG SEC WEEKLY ADDRESS - TSkyrocketing Fire Costs

This week at USDA - Over the past twenty years, a changing climate, population growth near forests and rangelands, and the buildup of brush and other fuels have dramatically increased the severity of wildfires and the damage that they cause to our natural lands and communities.

 August 13, 2014 TV #76 AG SEC WEEKLY ADDRESS - The Farm Bill at Work in Your State

Last week, USDA marked the six-month anniversary of the signing of the 2014 Farm Bill. I am proud to say that we've made important progress on every title of the Farm Bill, including issuing disaster assistance payments, updating risk management tools, modifying farm loan programs, announcing new support for agricultural research, establishing new conservation programs, and much more.

 August 6, 2014 TV #75 AG SEC WEEKLY ADDRESS - Partnerships Power Conservation Efforts

This week at USDA - When USDA launched the Regional Conservation Partnership Program several months ago, we talked about our hope that this new way of doing business would build coalitions of unlikely partners and bring new money and resources for conservation projects to the table.

 July 25, 2014 TV #74 AG SEC WEEKLY ADDRESS - Making the Business Case for Rural America

This week at USDA - These days, it seems like it's easier than ever to turn a good idea into reality. This is the era of Kickstarter, where entrepreneurs can connect with potential investors at the click of a button.

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