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.
Amy Bentley follows trends in baby food, from invention to today. Indiana rancher develops relationship with local restaurants. And, a profile of Tom Vilsack.
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.
First Lady Michelle Obama announced the first major changes to the national school lunch program in 15 years from an elementary school in Virginia.
Cutting 249 USDA offices -- half of which are small, local offices -- will only impact their annual spending by one percent.
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 median age of American farmers is currently 57, and rising. Soon, they're going to retire--and young farmers face incredible challenges in taking over.
In a move applauded by food safety advocates, the USDA has announced ground beef will not be sold if it tests positive for six additional strains of E. coli.
House Republicans have begun to pass a budget that includes serious cuts to some food-related organizations.
This week Bill Clinton discusses his vegan-based diet, the cost of cheap meat is revealed, and food programs are actually receiving some federal grants.
The USDA's 2010 National Farmers Market Directory lists 6,132 farmers markets nationwide, 16 percent more than in 2009 when the agency reported 5,274.
As heated debate over the repercussions of the 2008 Farm Bill wind down, discussion has already started about the next iteration.
The U.S Department of Justice meets in Iowa this weekend to consider whether the size of big ag companies could be in violation of federal anti-trust regulation