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44,000 cubic yards of debris collected in South Carolina after flooding

...underway. The meeting came just before Aiken and Edgefield counties were among 29 that U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack assigned a disaster designation for damage and losses because of the flood. As a result, farm...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-10-28/44000-cubic-yards-debris-coll
USDA creates new labeling for GMO-free

...foods would be able to carry a "USDA Process Verified" label along with a claim that they are free of GMOs.Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack outlined the new certification in a May 1 letter to USDA employees, saying it was being done at...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-05-14/usda-creates-new-labeling-
High integrity is crucial for politicians to represent the people well

...false tax returns; state Rep. Robin Williams, convicted of stealing from mentally ill people; South Carolina Agriculture Secretary Charles Sharpe, convicted of demanding payoffs from illegal cockfighters; Augusta Mayor Ed McIntyre, convicted...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/opinion-columns/2014-03-08/high-integrity-c
Number of US farms declines, farmers getting older

...trend of declining numbers of farms.Also, farmers are getting older: The average age was 58.3 years. But Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack points to a bright spot: a small rise in the number of farmers between 25 and 34 years old.Vilsack...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-02-20/number-us-farms-declines-f
Georgia counties qualify for disaster aid

...South Carolina on a list of primary natural disaster areas, according to a letter from U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack.His action came in response to S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley's request for the designation on Aug...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2013-08-29/georgia-cou
Drought now grips more than half of the United States; dry spell is the widest since 1956

...we are seeing history in the making."The federal government is already moving to help farmers and ranchers.Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week announced plans for streamlining the aid process. A major goal is to cut the time it takes...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2012-07-16/drought-now-grips-more-half-united-
Corn estimates drop amid deepening drought

...would still be as good as nearly a decade ago, when the average was about 129 bushels in a year without drought.Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack trumpeted the resilience of U.S. farmers and ranchers Friday, saying he didn't expect immediate...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2012-08-10/corn-estimates-drop-amid-d
Reports cite Happy Tails for sanitation issues

...nonprofit $11,000 and ordering all of the rescue pets to be removed by March 18. The order was signed by Georgia Agriculture Secretary Gary Black.Of that amount, $9,200 won't have to be paid if the consent order is successfully completed...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2013-02-27/reports-cite-happy-tails
Georgia electric grid gets $90 million

...Georgia Transmission."As part of President Obama's plan to address infrastructure improvements, we will continue to fund projects that improve electric reliability in rural areas," said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-04-11/georgia-electric-grid-gets
Ad campaign gives tips on food safety

...trying to get the meal on the table you don't forget one of these rules and put yourself at additional risk," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 48 million people...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/food/2011-06-28/ad-campaign-gives-tips-food-sa