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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
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
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
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-
Drought now grips more than half of the United States; dry spell is the widest since 1956

...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 to declare an...

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

...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 increases in food...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2012-08-10/corn-estimates-drop-amid-d
Week in review

...homeland security secretary; Eric Shinseki, veterans affairs secretary; Ken Salazar, interior secretary; and Tom Vilsack, agriculture secretary. WASHINGTON: Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was hospitalized after suffering a seizure at a post-inauguration...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2009-01-25/week-review
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Ad campaign gives tips on food safety

...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 -- or one in six Americans...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/food/2011-06-28/ad-campaign-gives-tips-food-sa
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
A pattern of petty contempt

...else. ... Actually, he wanted to talk about a letter that my administration had sent to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack a day earlier."The letter was rudimentary, bureaucratic, and ordinary. ... We were simply asking the federal government...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2012-01-29/pattern-petty-contemp