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USDA announces appointments, staffing changes

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a series of new political appointees, job changes and hires on Tuesday: Read More...

Blazer joins USDA as new deputy undersecretary for natural resources and environment

Arthur “Butch” Blazer, the first Native American state forester in New Mexico, will join the Agriculture Department as deputy undersecretary for natural resources and environment on October 11, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today. Read More...

Adelstein: Youth need broadband to stay on the farm

Future farmers who attended President Barack Obama’s rural economic forum in Iowa last week said that they would be unwilling to stay in rural areas without high-speed Internet service, Rural Utilities Service Administrator Jonathan Adelstein said Monday. Read More...

SPECIAL REPORT | South Dakota team leads key rural development initiatives

When Dallas Tonsager is asked how he met Jonathan Adelstein, a fellow South Dakotan and Obama administration appointee, he smiles and says, “I knew his father first.” And therein lies a tale of how an improbable duo of South Dakotans rose to head two of Obama’s most important initiatives in rural America: encouraging renewable fuels and bringing high-speed Internet service to the most remote areas of the country. Read More...

Obama's USDA: Rural Utilities Service administrator: Broadband spending key to rural jobs

Rural Utilities Service Administrator Jonathan Adelstein runs an agency that is renowned for bringing electricity, telephone, water and sewer service to rural America, but that now has a new and challenging mission: to bring high-speed Internet service or broadband to those areas of rural America that have been left out of what has become a necessity for business and personal life. Read More...