Vilsack Calls American Agriculture Resilient

Ag Secretary talks about how despite hardships agriculture is thriving.

Published on: Sep 6, 2011

The following is from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack's weekly message on agriculture for last week:

This week I traveled to North Carolina and Virginia to view the damage from Hurricane Irene, survey the response efforts, and meet with local residents.  This trip was my fourth in as many months to make sure that the USDA is helping families rebuild and recover from natural disasters including tornados, wild fires, floods and drought.  

So I’ve seen how tough times are affecting folks across the nation, and particularly our farmers and ranchers.  Unusual weather patterns have driven thousands of Americans from their homes, and threatened their livelihoods.  And my heart goes out to all of those who have been touched by these disasters.  

Over the past months, USDA has worked to minimize damage to homes, businesses, crop land, and property.  And most importantly, we have focused on protecting the American people and getting them on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.  

For farmers, ranchers, and growers who have seen their crops decimated by drought, flood or other disasters, this year reminds us of the critical importance of maintaining a strong safety net.  Producers have already received more than $1.6 billion in crop insurance payments for their losses this year on top of emergency program support worth $160 million.  And USDA has looked for additional flexibility in our programs to offer credit and support to help families and farm operations rebuild.  

Despite these challenges, American agriculture is as resilient as ever.  In fact, according to USDA’s new estimates, farm income is at an all time high, and even adjusting for inflation this will be the best year since the mid-1970s.  Net farm income is up more than 30% over last year.  And it will mean higher incomes for farm families.  

We are also in the middle of a record year for agricultural exports, which we should match again next year.  This will help support more than 1 million American jobs and mean an agricultural trade surplus of about $42.5 billion.  

I know how hard these times can be.  I have seen first-hand families whose crops were destroyed by a hurricane, or whose fields were covered by several feet of water.  

But I have also watched an impressive response, as USDA has worked with farmers and ranchers across the nation to make it through these difficult times.   

These natural disasters have challenged us as a nation.  But despite the setbacks, American agriculture is thriving.  The men and women who own and operate America’s farms and ranches are some of the most resilient in the world.  And I know that with their continued dedication and hard work, we will maintain the strength and profitability of American agriculture, and its work to provide food to the nation.  

Story Tags: usda, Drought, crop insurance

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Human population in south Asia are suffering from renal failure [ kidney failure ] which is becoming epidemic in this part of world due to ever increasing urban population with urban lives, late diagnosed, poorly treated :-diabetic mellitus, hypertension, acute glomerulo nephritis, congestive cardiac failures, dilated cardiac myopathies, cor pulmonaley [ heart disease due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ], ignorance , carelessness,. ……, about health, friendly food habits, not eating regular green vegetables, fruits, salad,……., not drinking sufficient amount of water, not treated urinary stones,…………..,. In teen age and young age group their kidney damage very rapidly in other words their kidney damage totally within week so in this inhumane condition relative sold all the properties to do trifocal work of Natural kidney by dialysis method at least 2 times a week. Who do have little property they do dialysis for more weeks but for common people have to count days when they will die without dialysis One of the major causes of ever increasing renal failure [ kidneys failure due to damage [ injury ] of kidney due to longer period exposure of following chemicals , insecticides,……… the human kidneys. At the same time there are other ever increasing causes of injury to human kidneys which are : – over prescriptions, over use , miss use of pain killers drugs like ibuprofen, diclofenac, nimoslide, tramadol, particularly in chronic pain and swelling of joints, like rheumatoid arthritis, chronic pain of major over used and weight bearing joint like knee, ankle joints,……………………… ,.these drugs are anti-inflammatory and pain killers, ] which are doing injury to the human kidneys because theses drugs are kidneys toxic if used in over doses , for longer period,………………..,. there is ever increasing occurrence of gout disease which is due to increase of uric acid in human body which cause pain, redness, swelling ,….., of toes [ usually ].usually this disease occur in those people who are obese due to eating more red meat, other protein diet. But in recent year there is ever increasing higher side of uric acid even in the normal body weight people who do not take more red meat and other protein foods. it is due to the ever increasing trend of deficiency of that enzyme in today’s human body which metabolize the uric acid in normal persons. the drug used for to treat the high uric acid which are allporinol, endomethacin,., for longer period also do injury to the human kidneys. it because of due to the pollution of foods, water, ., by the followings industrial chemicals and insecticides during the use of these materials in agricultures, fruits production, horticulture, farms,……….., the deficiency of this enzyme which metabolize the uric acid is increasing day by day. which is causing high uric acid in the human body which also do the injury to the human kidneys. One of the major cause of ever increasing injury, damage, failure,………., of kidneys, hypertension [ high blood pressure ], diabetic mellitus [ sugar diseases ], heart diseases, lungs diseases, skin allergy and other skin diseases, eyes diseases, blood diseases, cancer s of liver, stomach, intestines, pancreases, bones, blood and other organs,………………………, among human population,…………….,of all over the world particularly in over populated , over crowded, always impoverished , always backward, always illiterate, never developing ,……………………………………….,third word countries of Asia, Africa, Latin America ,Oceania are as follows : – majorities of these countries are very dry , dusty, hot, dirty, filthy, noisy, very rough, harsh, tough difficult ,……,to live , survive,,…………..,. [ except Australia and newzeland ] . over crowded, always impoverish, always backward, always illiterate, never developing third world countries of Asia, Africa, Latin America ,Oceania [ except Australia and newzeland ] are ever increasingly, rampantly, misusing,…….., the industrial chemicals in the na

  2. Anonymous says:

    6/6//2013 Human being whole world ! Try our best to be hardened by nature. please come out to open lands, under the sky, under the sun shine, on natural fresh air, from four walls curtained rooms of houses, class rooms, offices, super markets, wall street’s business rooms. please try our best to survive in out door lives as well. As more and more human population are being migrated and will migrate from the village part of the world to towns and cities part of world in third world countries of Asia, Africa, south America, Australia, Oceania, and rest of the world , more and more human population are being suffering and will suffer from diseases of modern , industrialized, affluent,., counties, societies, which are as follow : - Hypertension [ high blood pressure ], diabetic mellitus [ high blood sugar disease ], different types of heart diseases, different types cancers, kidney failures, different types of eyes diseases due to air pollution, early cataract , uncontrolled , unmanaged high blood pressure induced poor vision [ partial blindness ] and loss of vision [ blindness],un controlled, un managed diabetic mellitus [ high blood sugar ] induced poor vision [ partial blindness ], and loss of vision [ blindness ], hypothyroidism [ less secretion of thyroxin from thyroid gland ], obesities, joints diseases, different types of chronic skin diseases ………., . Because previous village lives was natural which are : -- More out door lives in which human being also used exposed to sun light, fresh air, manually working in the agriculture field, no machinery help in agriculture at all, going to near by forests for collecting fruits, root systems of some plants as foods [ tarul, gittha, bhyakur,………,] vegetables, grasses , leaves for domestic animals, collecting fire woods ,……….. All the animals lives who were and are still living in natural habitats like forests, shrubs covered lands, bushes covered land, green grass lands, inside the not polluted streams, rivers, ocean regions, were and are living normal, usually healthy lives, usually survived and will survive whole life span. In the same way people living in natural village life who are doing hard manual labor, eat organic farm products,…., usually suffer less from the above mentioned modern diseases. People of whole world please try our best to manage the lives in such a way that we human being also can roam freely in the open fields, forests, agricultures fields, farm lands, on the mountainous regions, in green , luster regions, like birds, deer, and other forest living animals freely roams all day long in the forests regions. village people of developing countries please continue the previous village lives of our pervious generations like : - working whole day under the sun light during work in agriculture, farm, fields. be used ,be habituated for working under the strong sun light even in tropical regions and relatively stronger sun light during the summer season in sub tropical regions. be used ,be habituated for working under the rain fall causing being get wet under the rain . be used ,be habituated for working under not disturbing wind. people of cool and cold regions , pleases be used ,be habituated for working under cold weather as well like pleases be used ,be habituated for working even during the snow fall, off coarse wearing warm clothes. People of north America, Europe, vast, huge, large country Russia, break away states of former soviet union, southern part of south America, new Zeeland, southern part of Australia, south Africa and rest of the all cool and cold geographical regions of world and newly industrialized and fast industrializing countries of the world! Try your best to do every physical activities under the sky. Please use less and less heating systems during the winter season use less and less machines in agriculture fields and farm fields. Newly industrialized and fast industrializing countries of the world ! Please use l

  3. Anonymous says:

    date- 10 sep.2011 I am 56 years old male. I was graduated in medicine from china in 1984 and completed master of public health from mahidol university Bangkok in 1995 and working in hospitals since 1984 in Nepal. I was born and grown up and completed high school education in 1972, in a remote mountainous and forest covered village, which is: Nepal, ramechhap, makadum simle. I want work as a labourer in Canada, Australia, Siberia of Russia, Alaska of America as farmer in farm, diary industries in those countries. please give job. thanks. Obediently. dr. kalyan basnet, Nepal.

  4. J. A. Glasscock says:

    This must be a press release from the USDA. Bland at best. We know this without the esteemed secretary telling us.

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