So far, USDA has spent $430 million on the system, a project known by the acronym MIDAS for Modernize and Innovate the Delivery of Agricultural Systems.
The FDA and USDA split food safety responsibilities currently. A total of 12 agencies enforce about 30 different laws.
Vilsack is widely credited with rallying the support that ultimately made the 2014 farm bill one of the few major bipartisan successes in this Congress.
We asked our Twitter followers what worries them most about cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Judith Dern of Allrecipes is here to calm our nerves.
The U.S. Senate has passed a bill to avert the furlough of USDA meat inspectors and the sporadic closure of meat processing plants. Now it's up to the House.
Sending food aid to developing countries has fed hungry people while building a new market for American products. Sending cash is cheaper.
850,000 Americans receive SNAP benefits each month. This week, Newark mayor Cory Booker is putting himself in their shoes.
The new school year brings with it new standards for school lunches. School food preparers and students are adjusting.
The biggest difference between the House- and Senate-proposed farm bills is in their handling of food stamps.
Following weeks of heated debate, the farm bill is expected to go up for a vote in the Senate this week.
In an effort to trim the federal budget, House Republicans have voted to cut $33 billion from food assistance programs over the next decade.
Hearings for the 2012 Farm Bill have started up again. How much support should small-scale farmers get? Legislators disagree.
The demise of a Farm Bill drafted in secrecy means the next version will go through standard Congressional channels, which has mixed implications for farmers.
The freaky fast farm bill has slammed to a halt with the failure of a bipartisan "super committee."
The USDA's Microbiological Data Program will be cut if Congress passes the proposed budget bill. How will this affect food safety for Americans?
A House budget committee voted to change who receives farm subsidies. Now, it's farmers who make $250,000 or less annually, down from $750,000.
House Republicans have begun to pass a budget that includes serious cuts to some food-related organizations.
The FDA was awarded over $4 billion in funding to help pay for its food safety programs, while the USDA experienced budget cuts.
Last year, the Obama administration proposed the implementation of a soda tax, but the initiative fell flat. Maybe.