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US expects to pay farmers $191 million for birds lost to flu

...expects to spend $191 million to pay chicken and turkey farmers for birds lost to avian flu, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday as he called for Congress to consider a disaster program for poultry producers similar to that for other...

http://juneauempire.com/regional/2015-07-29/us-expects-pay-farmers-191-million-b
Regional News
My Turn: Collaborating for economic development, community health

...and vibrant communities in Southeast Alaska continue to be high priorities for USDA. During the past year, Secretary Tom Vilsack, Undersecretary Robert Bonnie, and Deputy Undersecretary Butch Blazer all have visited Alaska to see first-hand the...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-02-02/my-turn-collaborating-economic-develo
Opinion
Federal government to bring indoor plumbing to remote village

...with more than $352 million in grants and loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Alaska's $12.6 million share of the funding on Thursday at a convention of Alaska Natives in Anchorage...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-10-24/federal-government-bring-indoor-plumbin
State
Visions of a quick switch

...being able to transition more quickly."Geos Institute submitted a letter to US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack supporting a quick transition from old-growth to young-growth logging. The letter cities the work of Geos and Mater...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-09-28/visions-quick-switch
Local
My Turn: Alaska turns to young growth forests

...and subsistence in supporting vibrant local communities in Southeast Alaska.Last summer, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced a series of steps to achieve the transition within the next 10 to 15 years. A key part of the transition...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-08-25/my-turn-alaska-turns-young-growth-for
Opinion
Report: Firefighting costs eroding conservation

...the number of workers who manage National Forest System lands has dropped by about a third.Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said accommodating the rapid rise in firefighting costs has harmed an array of conservation efforts. For example...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-08-21/report-firefighting-costs-eroding-conse
State
USDA to buy $13M in Alaska salmon

...Americans with one of the most natural and nutritious options out there."Murkowski reached out to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack in late July in support of Gov. Sean Parnell's request that existing federal funds be used to purchase the extra...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-09-03/usda-buy-13m-alaska-salmon
Local
Feds to bring indoor plumbing to Alaska village

...with more than $352 million in grants and loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Alaska's $12.6 million share of the funding on Thursday at a convention of Alaska Natives in Anchorage...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-10-23/feds-bring-indoor-plumbing-alaska-villa
State
USDA: 'We're serious about a transition'

...growth.After announcing in 2010 plans to transition the forest to young growth, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced in a 2013 memo a strategy for the transition. In the past year, the Forest Service has begun several programs...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-11-20/usda-were-serious-about-transition
Local
Governor asks feds to buy surplus salmon

...weighed down prices for Alaska fishermen this year.Parnell made the request in a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this week. He wants the USDA to purchase $37 million worth of canned pink salmon under a federal law that allows for...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-07-27/governor-asks-feds-buy-surplus-salmon
State

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