Tom Vilsack announced that his first job outside the Cabinet will be heading up a dairy industry trade group that pushes for access to foreign markets.
The next Agriculture Secretary will be charged with shepherding a new Farm Bill through Congress. Work on the law is slated to begin almost immediately.
Some of the country’s largest farm organizations are lobbying the incoming administration to drop rules that would change the production of organic meat.
The U.S. has issued regulations to protect farmers from mistreatment by big meat companies. But will the rules survive under the Trump administration?
It’s no surprise that both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have talked about supporting family farms, but what policies would that “support” turn into?
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is the only remaining member of President Obama’s original cabinet, and has been at the helm of USDA since 2009.
Cuba is an important ally for the U.S. on some hot-button international agriculture issues, such as food safety and animal health regulations, Vilsack said.
The budget would make cuts to the crop insurance system, allocate more funds for agricultural research and fund a summer program to provides free meals to kids.
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.
After criticisms of their response to the spring outbreak, USDA officials say they have a plan for this fall that could handle twice as many infections.
The federal “beef checkoff” mandates a $1 payment every time a head of cattle is sold. Opponents have fought the checkoff all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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.
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The USDA released new rules for poultry plants last month that allow companies to conduct their own inspections and reduce the number of government inspectors.
Unhealthy foods are already being taken out of school lunches. Next up is the removal of unhealthy food marketing in schools.
The House narrowly passed a bill Thursday that, if turned into law, would cut $39 billion from SNAP benefits over ten years.
Healthier changes are finally coming to school snacks -- the first major overhaul in 30 years.
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.
Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan has paid much attention to small, local farming during her tenure at the USDA.
Over time, the sequester will lead to meat shortages, fewer FDA inspections of food processors, cuts to food banks and reductions in farmer credit.