Tom Vilsack

Ag Secretary in Iowa
7:49 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Vilsack Continues Push for Farm Bill

Tom Vilsack

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is urging Congress to send a farm bill to President Obama’s desk.

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USDA Declaration
3:14 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Drought-Related Disaster in Illinois

Rich Egger
  • Illinois Public Radio's Rachel Otwell interviewing USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack

All counties in Illinois have  been designated as “primary disaster areas” due to drought.

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said the designations came at the request of Governor Pat Quinn and  because of a national drought monitor that shows lack of rain plaguing the entire state. All counties have been affected by drought  for  at least the past eight weeks.

The designations mean all Illinois farmers are eligible for emergency loans from the federal government.

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