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Tag: Tom Vilsack

Drought Impact is Widespread

Weekend thundershowers provided limited and localized relief to a few Midwestern fields, but most of the Corn Belt remains in dire need of moisture, reports USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey. In fact, 30 percent of the U.S. corn crop was rated in very poor to poor condition early last week, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service. Not since 1988, when half of the U.S. corn crop was rated very poor to poor, have corn conditions been lower in July. The last time at least 30 percent of the U.S. corn was rated very poor to poor was September 2002. (more…)

More Than a “Farm Bill”

Secretary Vilsack spoke to attendees at the American Seed Trade Association last month, and excerpts of his comments were used in this post. Background information was provided courtesy of Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc.

In U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s office, if a certain piece of legislature is called the “Farm Bill,” a dollar fine is enforced. The secretary wholeheartedly believes this bill is not just a “Farm Bill,” but rather a “Food, Jobs and Farm Bill.” (more…)