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January 17, 2017

 

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Former Ag Secretary Vilsack To Head Dairy Industry Trade Group

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.

January 14, 2017

 

Tom Vilsack portrait USDA

Agriculture Secretary Lone Trump Cabinet Post Without Nominee

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.

December 19, 2016

 

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

Proposed Organic Livestock Welfare Rule Not Guaranteed

Some of the country’s largest farm organizations are lobbying the incoming administration to drop rules that would change the production of organic meat.

December 15, 2016

 

Craig Watts

After A Long Fight, New Rules Defend Small Farmers. For Now

The U.S. has issued regulations to protect farmers from mistreatment by big meat companies. But will the rules survive under the Trump administration?

November 2, 2016

 

An Illinois farmer harvests his corn crop

How Would Clinton, Trump Support Family Farms?

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?

August 22, 2016

 

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Vilsack Hopes Next Administration Continues Diverse Scope

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.

June 9, 2016

 

Cuban Agriculture Minister Gustavo Rodriguez Rollero (left) and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

Vilsack: U.S. Relationship With Cuba Begins With Agriculture

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.

February 11, 2016

 

tractor sowing seeds

Obama Budget Would Cut Crop Insurance

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.

November 24, 2015

 

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USDA’s MIDAS Computer Program Tarnished

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.

August 31, 2015

 

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Officials, Farmers Prepare For Fall Bird Flu Outbreak

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.

January 20, 2015

 

Kansas rancher David Pfrang with cows

Ranchers Rebel Over Beef Checkoff

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.

December 12, 2014

 

Tom Vilsack

At USDA, Vilsack Focused On Rural Development

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.

December 5, 2014

 

baby food

Author Amy Bentley, Chef/Rancher Partnership, Turkey Soup

Amy Bentley follows trends in baby food, from invention to today. Indiana rancher develops relationship with local restaurants. And, a profile of Tom Vilsack.

August 14, 2014

 

USDA inspectors examine a chicken

Critics Blast Revamped Poultry-Inspection Regs

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.

February 27, 2014

Healthy Schools 

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New Guidelines Say No To Unhealthy Marketing In Schools

Unhealthy foods are already being taken out of school lunches. Next up is the removal of unhealthy food marketing in schools.

September 20, 2013

Food (No Farm) Bill 

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House Passes Bill With Significant Snips To SNAP

The House narrowly passed a bill Thursday that, if turned into law, would cut $39 billion from SNAP benefits over ten years.

June 27, 2013

Healthy Prospects 

apple and cheese

Healthier Snacks Are Heading To Schools

Healthier changes are finally coming to school snacks -- the first major overhaul in 30 years.

March 21, 2013

sequester relief 

Strips of bacon cooling on a wire rack.

Senate Passes Bill To Avert Meat Inspector Furloughs

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.

March 20, 2013

Sustainable Legacy 

Head shot of USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan.

USDA’s Kathleen Merrigan Steps Down

Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan has paid much attention to small, local farming during her tenure at the USDA.

March 8, 2013

Sequester who? Sequester you! 

A hundred-dollar bill cut into many pieces

Sequester Affects All Levels Of Food Supply

Over time, the sequester will lead to meat shortages, fewer FDA inspections of food processors, cuts to food banks and reductions in farmer credit.

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