This week at USDA - This week, I visited the small town of Cameron Creek Colony in Tulare County, California and saw firsthand the challenges drought poses, particularly for those living in rural communities.
This week at USDA - What began as a small sail-making shop in 19th century New York City has evolved into the modern realization of one family's American Dream-a family-owned and operated small business whose product has been a part of some of the most iconic images in our nation's history.
This week at USDA - Agriculture is one of the brightest spots in our economy, and the American brand of agriculture is surging in popularity worldwide. Trade and market access support good-paying jobs and drives economic growth. A strong rural economy is critical to the overall economic health of the United States.
This week at USDA - Many consumers want to "buy local" and support their local economy with their purchases. When local food marketing opportunities exist for rural producers, they cause ripple effects throughout the rural economy.
This week at USDA - I visited Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, a small city outside of my hometown of Pittsburgh to kick off the first of five Made in Rural America forums designed to help rural small businesses access the information they need to grow through exports.
This week at USDA - USDA and its partners launched a new conservation initiative, the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), a program that goes beyond traditional government support for conservation and allows businesses and other for-profit partners to invest in regional conservation projects. RCPP takes conservation off the farm and out of the forest and moves it into the board room.
This week at USDA - Over the past several years, we have seen the spread and occurrence of wildfires increase significantly. Deadly wildfires threaten our homes and communities and turn lives upside down.
This week at USDA - USDA and its partners released the results of the eight annual national survey of honey bee losses. The survey shows good news-fewer honey bee colonies were lost this winter than in previous years. According to survey results, total losses of managed honey bee colonies from all causes were 23.2 percent nationwide.
This week at USDA - Farmers, ranchers and foresters have long understood the need to care for our land and water-not only because preserving those resources for our children and their children is the right thing to do, but because they know that our farms and forests are more productive and efficient when they're properly cared for.