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Check out Recovery Act stories from across the nation

Across the country, USDA is providing billions of dollars in project funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA or the “Recovery Act”). By going to the USDA Recovery site, you can visit your state blog to read about some of these projects, and the ways in which they’re helping communities.

But we want to hear stories from you as well. On the USDA Recovery page, you can Tell Your Story — what’s working in your community? What isn’t? How have the Recovery efforts impacted your life?

USDA filmmaker David Black describes Afghanistan experiences

USDA filmmaker David Black traveled this spring to Afghanistan, where he produced a 17-minute film on the efforts of USDA agriculture advisors working in Afghanistan as part of intergovernmental Provincial Reconstruction Teams.

While he was away, he kept a personal journal about his experiences on the ground in Afghanistan. This excerpt is from April 28, 2009: Read more »

Vilsack joins in urban tour event in Philadelphia

Secretary Vilsack has been busy touring the country with other members of the Obama cabinet as part of the Rural Tour — but yesterday, he traveled to Philadelphia to give a few words in an urban setting as well. Read more »

Food and Nutrition Service marks 40 years

The same year astronauts set foot on the moon, USDA launched its own massive project to benefit the American people — the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). Read more »

Vilsack meets with FFA leaders

Secretary Vilsack spoke this morning at the Future Farmers of America State Presidents’ meeting. He had the opportunity to meet with FFA’s national and state leaders, and took a few minutes to congratulate them on their election to leadership posts in an organization of more than 500,000 active members. Read more »

St. John’s Parish hosts four Obama Cabinet members on Rural Tour

As you may have seen, it’s been a busy week on the Rural Tour. Secretary Vilsack visited Wisconsin last Thursday, Virginia on Saturday, and yesterday met with three other members of the Obama cabinet in St. John’s Parish, Louisiana to discuss a broad range of issues facing rural America. Read more »