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Vilsack Backs Perdue As His USDA Successor
According to agriculture.com, former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said “he supports Sonny Perdue as his successor at USDA.”

USDA Gathering New Data on Organic Agriculture Production
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is conducting the 2016 Certified Organic Survey to gather new data on certified organic crops and livestock commodities in the United States. This effort is critical to help determine the economic impact of certified organic agriculture production in the United States.

NASS is mailing the survey to all known certified organic farms and ranches within the 50 states. The form asks producers to provide information on acreage, production, and sales, as well as production and marketing practices. The agency asks all participants to respond by February 19.