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WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2023 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today presented the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) highest honor to 40 teams of distinguished employees who made the most significant accomplishments that support USDA’s mission, strategic goals, objectives and priorities. Vilsack also presented a Secretary’s Act of Valor Award to a team that risked injury to themselves by attempting lifesaving actions during a disaster response.
“Hard-working and dedicated employees are at the heart of the service we aim to provide agricultural producers and all Americans,” Vilsack said. “The work being honored this year includes identifying the bioenergy potential of a crop, improving the resilience of supply chains, and an act of valor attempting to rescue pilots of a helicopter downed while fighting the Moose Fire in Idaho in July 2022.”
All USDA employees, employees of other Federal agencies, and organizations collaborating with USDA to accomplish the Department’s mission are eligible to be nominated for a Secretary’s Honor Awards, which are honorary and do not include monetary awards. Awards were given to teams whose work advanced USDA’s six strategic goals.
Three teams of employees were recognized for their work in helping USDA achieve its Strategic Goal 1, which is Combating Climate Change to Support America’s Working Lands, Natural Resources, and Communities:
Eight teams were honored for their efforts to help USDA achieve its Strategic Goal 2, which is Ensuring America’s Agricultural System is Equitable, Resilient, and Prosperous:
Four teams were recognized for their work achieving Strategic Goal 3, which is Fostering an Equitable and Competitive Marketplace for All Agricultural Producers:
Six teams received honor awards for their work in support of Strategic Goal 4, which is Providing All Americans Safe, Nutritious Food:
Twelve teams were honored for their efforts to help USDA achieve its Strategic Goal 5, which is Expanding Opportunities for Economic Development and Improving the Quality of Life in Rural and Tribal Communities:
Seven teams were honored for achievements supporting Strategic Goal 6, which is Attracting, Inspiring, and Retaining an Engaged and Motivated Workforce that’s Proud to Represent USDA:
The Secretary Honor Awards were presented Thursday in USDA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.
USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate-smart agriculture and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean-energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.
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