tom vilsack http://kbia.org en USDA to use rural development money for local food connections http://kbia.org/post/usda-use-rural-development-money-local-food-connections <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">Recognizing that the demand for local food is growing to between $5 and 7 billion a year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a new effort&nbsp;<span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: 1.538em;">Thursday</span><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: 1.538em;">&nbsp;aimed at connecting farmers with urban shoppers.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 12:54:36 +0000 Amy Mayer 52796 at http://kbia.org USDA to use rural development money for local food connections U.S Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack explains healthcare enrollment deadline http://kbia.org/post/us-secretary-agriculture-tom-vilsack-explains-healthcare-enrollment-deadline <p></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:27:18 +0000 Katie Hiler 49488 at http://kbia.org U.S Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack explains healthcare enrollment deadline Lincoln University to receive funds from USDA http://kbia.org/post/lincoln-university-receive-funds-usda <p>Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday new grants totaling more than $35 million to support research, teaching and Extension activities at 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Colleges and Universities. The grant comes from the U.S Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Ohio House Representative Marcia Fudge brought up the program with the Department of Agriculture.</p><p>Vilsack said the Universities use the grants in multiple ways:</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:21:46 +0000 Romain Cluzel 48802 at http://kbia.org Lincoln University to receive funds from USDA MU gets USDA grant to help farmers build resilience to drought http://kbia.org/post/mu-gets-usda-grant-help-farmers-build-resilience-drought <p>On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will announce that it will fund a University of Missouri project&nbsp;focused on building drought resiliency through soil health.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:22:58 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 31457 at http://kbia.org MU gets USDA grant to help farmers build resilience to drought MU to receive funds for building drought resistant soil http://kbia.org/post/mu-receive-funds-building-drought-resistant-soil <p></p><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture will announce on Thursday that it will fund a University of Missouri project focused on building drought resiliency through soil health. Thu, 04 Apr 2013 14:46:24 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 31492 at http://kbia.org Corn, soybean production took hit in 2012 http://kbia.org/post/corn-soybean-production-took-hit-2012 <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service released its end-of-year&nbsp;<u><a href="http://usda01.library.cornell.edu/usda/current/CropProdSu/CropProdSu-01-11-2013.pdf"><strong>Crop Production 2012 Annual Summary</strong></a></u><a href="http://usda01.library.cornell.edu/usda/current/CropProdSu/CropProdSu-01-11-2013.pdf"><strong> </strong></a>Friday.</p><p>Not surprisingly, the report revealed that corn and soy production took a beating last year due to the drought that is still ravaging farms all over the Midwest.</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 22:21:33 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 27329 at http://kbia.org Corn, soybean production took hit in 2012 Weathering the recession, drought http://kbia.org/post/weathering-recession-drought <p></p><p>In recent months, a fairly severe drought and a slowly recovering economy have thrown food businesses for a loop.</p><p>Coming up we’ll listen in on a conversation Abbie Fentress Swanson had with President Barack Obama’s top agriculture guy about the looming dip in corn exports. But first, some businesses have been able to weather the storm better than others. Jennifer Davidson has this report about one successful shop in West Plains.</p><p>Now, things aren’t so peachy for everyone in the food industry. Clearly.</p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 21:40:16 +0000 Kristofor Husted 25496 at http://kbia.org Weathering the recession, drought Agriculture Sec. Vilsack: Farm Bill expiration affects exports http://kbia.org/post/agriculture-sec-vilsack-farm-bill-expiration-affects-exports <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest<strong> “</strong><u><a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/960209/aes76.pdf">Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade</a></u><strong>,”&nbsp;</strong>which was published on Nov. 29, forecasts American farm exports increasing and predicts they will come in at $145 billion in 2013. That's a 50 percent increase from 2009.</p><p>Such a high export number gave me pause, since the USDA is also predicting that in the coming year U.S. corn exports will be at a 40-year low because of a domestic corn shortfall caused by the drought.</p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 16:12:08 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 25472 at http://kbia.org Agriculture Sec. Vilsack: Farm Bill expiration affects exports USDA streamlines drought disaster assistance http://kbia.org/post/usda-streamlines-drought-disaster-assistance <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture is streamlining the process for farmers to apply for government disaster help as crops in many states burn up in the widest drought in nearly 25 years. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 21:25:58 +0000 Associated Press 17401 at http://kbia.org USDA streamlines drought disaster assistance Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack talks jobs, farm safety net http://kbia.org/post/agriculture-secretary-tom-vilsack-talks-jobs-farm-safety-net <p>Following up on President Obama&#39;s State of the Union address last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack&nbsp;is touring the country, touting his boss&#39;s job-creation efforts in rural America -- Missouri was his latest stop. In this week&#39;s Health &amp; Wealth update, a conversation with Secretary Vilsack:&nbsp;we talk rural jobs, USDA office closures, and the fate of the farmer&#39;s safety net in the face of natural disasters and shrinking budgets.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 01 Feb 2012 13:05:30 +0000 Jacob Fenston 8030 at http://kbia.org Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack talks jobs, farm safety net US Ag Secretary talks cuts http://kbia.org/post/us-ag-secretary-talks-cuts-0 <p>U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is in Missouri touting President Obama&rsquo;s job creation plans, laid out this week in his state of the union address. This comes as the agriculture department faces a shrinking budget. Fri, 27 Jan 2012 23:27:57 +0000 Jacob Fenston 7875 at http://kbia.org US Ag Secretary talks cuts Agriculture Secretary on Rural Jobs http://kbia.org/post/agriculture-secretary-rural-jobs <p>President Obama has been touring the country trying to sell voters on his American Jobs Act. According to the White House, the bill would, if passed, give the state of Missouri $700 million for transportation projects and cut the taxes of 120,000 Missouri businesses. And agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack says that rural areas in particular would benefit from the jobs bill.&nbsp;Vilsack spoke with KBIA&rsquo;s Jacob Fenston.</p> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 22:21:09 +0000 Jacob Fenston 2005 at http://kbia.org Agriculture Secretary on Rural Jobs USDA Commits $14 Million to Rural Jobs http://kbia.org/post/usda-commits-14-million-rural-jobs <p>Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack announced $14 million in new funding Wednesday to help stimulate rural job growth. Small businesses across the country will get money, including a tiny airport in southern Missouri.</p><p> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 21:54:22 +0000 Jacob Fenston 2002 at http://kbia.org