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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is visiting Kentucky to announce a program to reduce rural poverty nationwide.

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Tennessee is receiving federal grant funding to support wetland enhancement for two separate projects. Projects include easements to improve water quality, expand habitat for federally protected species, reduce soil erosion, and additional outdoor recreation opportunities.

Recently appointed co-chair of the National Substance Abuse Committee and Commonwealth Attorney General Andy Beshear is focused on providing Kentucky with funding and resources needed to treat opioid and other drug abuse.

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 More than 2 million Americans are plagued with opioid addiction. When those afflicted make a decision to turn their lives around, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack wants to make sure that help is available. Nicole Erwin spoke with the Secretary on the lack of support in rural communities.


Kentucky is one of 10 states chosen to develop a model program to assist those who are long-term unemployed and on food stamps.  

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is issuing a round of funding for several health care and education projects in Kentucky, Tennessee and southern Illinois to celebrate National Rural Health Day.

On a media call today Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said people in rural areas paid more and had less access to health care before the Affordable Care Act passed.

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says educational resources are now available for new programs established in the 2014 Farm Bill that help farmers better manage risk.

Before, farmers who experienced a bad harvest were compensated through direct payment programs which paid out in good years or bad.  Two new initiatives, Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage, are replacing that option.

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A group of retired military leaders and the U.S. Agriculture Secretary are expressing concern that poor childhood nutrition is having a negative effect on military fitness. 


U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack makes a Tennessee visit today to discuss the importance of passing comprehensive food, farm and jobs legislation. He will also talk about revitalizing small rural businesses and communities. Vilsack's stops include Cedar Hill and Clarksville. Officials say Tennessee farm income rose from $447 million in 2010 to almost $800 dollars in 2011.

Government Allocates $32 Million for Wetlands

May 22, 2012

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is to spend $32 million this year on wetland preservation and restoration projects in Kentucky and six other states along the Mississippi River.