Tom Vilsack

Possible Mississippi River Shutdown Threatens Thousands of JobsA nationwide drought, the worst to hit the U.S. in decades, has lowered water levels along the Mississippi River, threatening barge traffic.
More Than Half Of All US Counties Considered Disaster Areas Due To DroughtNearly 220 counties in a dozen drought-stricken states were added Wednesday to the U.S. government's list of natural disaster areas as the nation's agriculture chief unveiled new help for frustrated, cash-strapped farmers and ranchers grappling with extreme dryness and heat.
Missouri and Utah Get Largest Share of Disaster MoneyTogether taking in $109 million, or more than one-third of the $308 million in aid from Department of Agriculture.
Vilsack Pushes Korean Trade Pact in St. Louis He's hopeful Congress will ratify the South Korea trade agreement by July 1.
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