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Number of US farms declines, farmers getting older

...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 says the boost...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-02-20/number-us-farms-declines-f
USDA expanding program to fight rural poverty to SC

...through better access to federal funding is expanding to six states, officials said Tuesday.Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack traveled to South Carolina to announce the expansion of the so-called StrikeForce initiative, which already operates...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2013-03-26/usda-expanding-program-fight-
Heavy rains a disaster for agriculture, Haley says

...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 would be able...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2013-08-19/heavy-rains-disaster-agricult
Georgia electric grid gets $90 million

...own 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
Emanuel County to get federal disaster aid

...receive federal disaster aid, Gov. Nathan Deal announces today in a news release.U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack determined that, due to damage and losses caused by excessive rain, high winds and hail, Tattnall County suffered...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2011-07-14/emanuel-county-get-federal-d
E-mails: Vilsack hastily decided to oust Sherrod

...the USDA during a racial firestorm in July, internal e-mails show. Sherrod's pleas reached Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's e-mail account soon after he ordered her dismissed from the department because of supposed racist remarks she...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2010-10-08/e-mails-vilsack-hastily-deci
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Short headline didn't tell whole story

...espousing blatantly racial sentiments, Ms. Sherrod was summarily dismissed, posthaste, by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. When Mr. Vilsack read the full text of Ms. Sherrod's speech, he concluded she had been quoted out of context...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/letters/2010-08-04/short-headline-didnt-tel
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Across South Carolina

...financial crimes.U.S. agriculture chief promotes outdoor planCHARLESTON, S.C. --- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday this is a good time for President Obama's outdoors initiative."It's a better time in terms of getting...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2010-06-28/across-south-carolina
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GOP feeds from the stimulus trough

...districts.A Freedom of Information Act request found that Rep. Joe Wilson has requested funds of Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. In a portion of the August 2009 letter, Rep. Wilson writes, "We know their endeavor will provide jobs and investment...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/letters/2010-02-18/gop-feeds-stimulus-troug
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Across Georgia

...Sherrod sued blogger Andrew Breitbart. She declined to discuss the lawsuit Tuesday.Despite Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's offer of a "new opportunity" with the department, Sherrod said she never received a formal offer.Audit says...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2011-02-22/across-georgia
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