Dr. Elisabeth Hagen is sworn in to her new position as Under Secretary for Food Safety. Pearlie S. Reed, Assistant Secretary for Administration, swears her in as her husband, Dr. Daniel Gabbay, holds the Bible.
Secretary Tom Vilsack’s sunny office overlooking the National Mall set the perfect background this morning for Elisabeth Hagen’s first moments as USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety.
While her husband, Dr. Daniel Gabbay, proudly held the Bible on which she was sworn in, Dr. Elisabeth Hagen was excitedly welcomed to her new position. Because Secretary Vilsack was traveling, Assistant Secretary Pearlie Reed administered the oath before an excited group of USDA staff. Read more »
The winning USDA canned food sculpture.
The final USDA Feds, Farmers and Friends Feed Families event, a food sculpture contest, was held August 19, at the Whitten Patio, in the USDA National Office in Washington, D.C. There were five USDA Agency teams competing. USDA Rural Development took first place! We had a great team that planned and worked well together and had a lot of fun in bringing home the win. The judges commented that our entry best tied together rural America, farms, and food and was the most original. The food drive is nationwide and continues through August 31st. For more information, click here. Read more »
One of our Nation’s most pressing health challenges today is obesity with one in three children in America either overweight or obese. Low-income individuals are particularly at-risk. That’s why First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move! The campaign mobilizes the combined resources of the federal government, state and local governments, foundations, business and nonprofit organizations to help solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight and live healthier lives. Read more »
(From left): SMI Co-owner Jerry Carlson, U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, SMI President Dodd Russell, USDA Rural Development State Director for Michigan James J. Turner, and The Bank of Northern Michigan Vice President for Business Banking Wade Van Houzen.
Michigan has lost tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs over the last few years, so it’s always nice to celebrate an occasion when we add jobs to this sector.
Earlier this week, USDA Rural Development State Director for Michigan James J. Turner announced two guaranteed loans totaling $7,785,000 that will enable Skilled Manufacturing, Inc., a Traverse City manufacturing firm to hire 75 new workers. Read more »
Certificate Presentation: Row 1 (l to r): Hardy Telecommunications General Manager D. Scott Sherman and USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Lewis. Row 2 (l to r): Gerald Smith, Board Director; Arlie W. Funk, Board Secretary; Phyllis B. Cook, Board President; Loring E. Barr, Board Vice-President; and Harold Michael, Board Member. Row 3 (l to r): Greg Zirk, Board Member; Chris Strovel, Field Representative for Rep. Shelley Moore Capito; and Stanley Moyer, Hardy County Commission.
Hardy Telecommunications, Inc., a nonprofit rural telephone cooperative, was recently awarded a $9,494,483 loan and a $22,153,791 grant through USDA Rural Development’s Telecommunications program. This funding was made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act). Read more »
USDA Rural Development tour of the Sam Kane Beef Processing Plant . (L-R) CEO Jerry Kane, CFO Harold Kane, Deputy Under Secretary Rural Development Cheryl Cook, Texas State Director Paco Valentin, Texas State Program Director Daniel Torres and Area Director Jake Sheeran.
Several Rural Development funded project sites in were visited by officials from Washington, D.C. in Texas recently to highlighted USDA’s commitment to strengthening rural communities. Read more »