'USDA Results' is year-long effort to communicate department's work

'USDA Results' is year-long effort to communicate department's work

New 'progressive, year-long multimedia storytelling' designed to help Americans understand role of USDA

USDA is rolling out a new interactive Web page which will house USDA Results, what the department calls a "progressive, year-long, multimedia storytelling effort showcasing the Administration's work on behalf of those living, working and raising families in rural America."

Each month in 2016, USDA says it will release a new "chapter" of the story, focused on one aspect of USDA's work, rural and urban, over the past eight years.

The first chapter, released this week, is titled "Celebrating America's Farmers and Ranchers: Supporting the Producers Who Ensure a Safe, Affordable, Nutritious American Food Supply."

USDA results project highlights key events in U.S. agriculture, including the signing of the 2014 Farm Bill, which included programs the department helps facilitate. USDA photo

"Thanks to those working in American agriculture, we pay less for our food as a percentage of our wages than any other nation in the world. That means we have more money to spend on other things, which is good for our families and the nation's economy," USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a blog post introducing the project and explaining the first chapter.

"Thanks to the ingenuity, efficiency, and sweat of those working in American agriculture, we saw our agricultural economy remain strong and resilient, even during some tough times."

The longest-serving cabinet secretary under President Obama, and one of the longest-serving Secretaries of Agriculture, Vilsack said USDA Results also focuses on USDA's work in bringing projects full-circle.

Some areas highlighted will be rural businesses, housing improvements, expanded internet access, energy efficiency upgrades and other efforts that USDA has facilitated over the course of the Obama administration.

USDA Results, a new 'progressive, year-long multimedia storytelling' effort, is designed to help Americans understand the role of USDA

See the first chapter, "Celebrating America's Farmers and Ranchers: Supporting the Producers Who Ensure a Safe, Affordable, Nutritious American Food Supply," and read Vilsack's full blog entry, "Introducing USDA Results."

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