Blue New To Marketing and Regulatory Team
Posted by Rebecca Blue, Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, on September 9, 2011 at 4:08 PM
I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Rebecca Blue, and I am the new Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs. I’m excited to join the MRP team and to help contribute to the great work that they have been doing.
Last week I had the opportunity to travel to South Dakota and take part in the Value Added Ag Day at the South Dakota State Fair. I participated in a panel discussion with the South Dakota Value Added Agriculture Development Center where we highlighted the partnership that USDA has with the Center, and how this work enhances rural communities by creating rural agribusiness. Panelists included representatives from Hanson County Oilseed Processors, Elkton Locker, and Intraglobal Biologics. I was blown away by the innovative projects that are being developed and how USDA and the Center were able to help these small and beginning rural businesses succeed. It was great to see how these projects are keeping and creating wealth right here in America, and creating good paying jobs in our rural communities.
During my visit I also traveled to Brookings, S.D. where I held a White House Rural Roundtable with students and faculty at South Dakota State University, my alma mater. It was great to hear from both of these groups and the different issues they are facing. Many of these ag students indicated that they would like to go back to the farm after graduation, however, they were concerned with access to credit and the high cost of getting started. Another concern raised was how the importance of agriculture and research seems to be slipping away and they discussed their thoughts on how this could be changed in the future.
It was such a pleasure to interact with so many great people during my visit to South Dakota. From the innovative projects that are being developed, to the great students and faculty at SDSU, it is clear that South Dakota has a bright future ahead of them.
Multi-Million dollar plant to open Monday - Plainsman
Oilseed facility construction is on track for fall operation - The Miller Press
Oilseed processing plant construction is ready to begin - The Miller Press
Milbank health oil business expanding - the Public Opinion
Furniture dealer takes on challenges of imports, finds success - SF Business Jouranl
Soybean plant opens in Aberdeen - KELOland
New Business Breaks Ground for Agri-Based Production Plant - VAADC
Soybean plant to break ground - Aberdeen American News
Soybean plant breaks ground - Aberdeen American News
Bath man’s dream becoming reality - Aberdeen American News
Bath man’s dream becoming reality - Farm Forum
Johnson Makes Farm Service Agency Recommendations to Secretary Vilsack
Includes VAADC board members Larry Birgen and Gary Duffy
ValueAdded Agriculture Development Center Receives USDA Rural Development Funding
Johanns Announces $3.6 Million for 19 Rural Cooperative Development Centers
VAADC Gets Boost with Grant - Pierre Capitol Journal
Value Added Ag Day scheduled for August 30 at State Fair - SD Governors Office of Economic Development - SD Certified Beef
Fair opens five-day run Thursday with ‘Salute to Veterans,’ Value-Added Ag Day - Huron Daily Plainsman
Value Added Ag Day set at State Fair - Rapid City Journal