Tom Vilsack http://tspr.org en USDA to Use Rural Development Money for Local Food Connections http://tspr.org/post/usda-use-rural-development-money-local-food-connections <p>Recognizing that the demand for local food is growing to between $5 and 7 billion a year, the USDA announced a new effort aimed at connecting farmers with urban shoppers. Fri, 09 May 2014 16:48:19 +0000 Amy Mayer 52924 at http://tspr.org USDA to Use Rural Development Money for Local Food Connections Vilsack Continues Push for Farm Bill http://tspr.org/post/vilsack-continues-push-farm-bill <p>U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is urging Congress to send a farm bill to President Obama’s desk. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 00:49:53 +0000 Amy Mayer 37743 at http://tspr.org Vilsack Continues Push for Farm Bill Drought-Related Disaster in Illinois http://tspr.org/post/drought-related-disaster-illinois <p>All counties in Illinois have&nbsp; been designated as “primary disaster areas” due to drought.<br><br>USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said the designations came at the request of Governor Pat Quinn and&nbsp; because of a national drought monitor that shows lack of rain plaguing the entire state. All counties have been affected by drought&nbsp; for&nbsp; at least the past eight weeks.<br><br>The designations mean all Illinois farmers are eligible for emergency loans from the federal government.<br> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 20:14:25 +0000 Rich Egger 20115 at http://tspr.org Drought-Related Disaster in Illinois