UGA Professors on Rural Development and Vilsack's Running Start

UGA Professors on Rural Development and Vilsack's Running Start

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with your Agribusiness Update.

**A new program at the University of Georgia will connect academic faculty who want to do research in parts of rural Georgia with existing UGA Public Service and Outreach and Extension networks.

According to, twenty academic faculty members, representing 12 of UGA’s 17 schools and colleges, are participants in the inaugural Rural Engagement Faculty Workshop, which kicked off January 22nd with four additional virtual sessions to come.

The workshop will conclude April 30th.

**President Biden’s nominee for Ag Secretary, Tom Vilsack, says he’d arrive at the USDA with a “serious focus on getting stuff done quickly,” considering the many challenges facing the department, from the pandemic to racial equity and rural development.

Vilsack tells, there’s “a lot to keep anyone up at night.”

Vilsack was Ag Secretary throughout the Obama years, and Biden recruited him to serve again.

**The California Walnut Board is launching its fourth consecutive American Heart Month campaign in February, expanding its popular retail marketing program in an effort to bring more attention to Heart Month and encourage consumers to make healthier food choices.

The 2021 campaign includes walnut displays and promotions in more than 10,000 stores across the U.S., more than a 40% increase over last year, with incremental sales expected to climb as well.

The past year has seen an increase in retail sales for walnuts.

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