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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
Walter Morris

...bricklayer in North Carolina and New York. He retired in 1984 and relocated to Palm Coast, Florida. In 1990, Agriculture Secretary Mike Epsy invited the World War II Paratroopers to Washington, DC for a ceremony of appreciation and service...

http://www.legacy.com/Link.asp?I=LS000168206405
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
Farmers struggle through harvest after heavy rains

...along with nearby Screven and Burke counties, were included in a recent disaster area designation by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vil sack that also encompassed 36 South Carolina counties.Farmers in those counties ? where damage to peaches...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2013-09-13/farmers-struggle-through-harv
Business news

...Screven counties are on a list of primary natural disaster areas, according to a letter from U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack. The designation comes after the summer's heavy rainfall, which harmed crops and soil conditions...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-08-29/business-news
Heavy rains a disaster for agriculture, Haley says

...Charleston.With crop damage exceeding 30 percent in 36 of South Carolina's 42 counties, Haley has written U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting that the state be declared an agricultural disaster area. If approved, qualifying farmers...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2013-08-19/heavy-rains-disaster-agricult
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