WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On the 100th day of the Obama administration, USDA reflected on the new course it has set to promote a sustainable, safe, sufficient and nutritious food supply, to ensure that America leads the global fight against climate change, and to revitalize rural communities by expanding economic opportunities.
Today, USDA released a progress report on its actions during the first 100 days and also launched a new Web tool to allow Americans to learn where and how USDA is spending funds provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
"In the first 100 days of this new Administration, USDA has moved quickly to respond to these difficult economic times by creating jobs, increasing food aid to those in need and revitalizing rural communities," said Vilsack. "Over the next 100 days and beyond, we will continue our hard work to ensure that as an every day, every way Department USDA helps our nation fight climate change, provides a nutritious diet for all Americans and maintains a strong safety net for America's farmers and ranchers."
The innovative new geospatial mapping web-function debuted today at www.USDA.gov/recovery shows exactly where and how USDA is spending every dollar of Recovery Act funding across the nation.
USDA has entered a partnership with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), so that HUD projects funded by the Recovery Act will also be featured on the geospatial map. By launching this website, and publishing a progress report at www.USDA.gov, USDA is working to deliver a government that is open and transparent, responsive and accountable to the American people.
Throughout the country USDA has taken swift action to implement the Farm Bill and the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009. These actions have resulted in bold new projects and initiatives that will spur rural economic activity and contribute to the nation's overall financial health.