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Ag Economy; Farm Bill; Biotech; Biofuels; and, Regulations- Monday

Agricultural Economy AP writer David Pitt reported on Saturday that, “In an interview Friday with The Associated Press, U.S Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack gave his views on topics ranging from low commodity prices this year to dysfunction in Washington and his future. “Vilsack spoke after touring Iowa Choice Harvest, a Marshalltown company that processes Iowa-grown […]

USDA Loans Funding Rural Utilities’ Smart Grid Improvements

Rural electric systems in eight states will benefit from $236.3 million in USDA loan guarantees to help them modernize and improve reliability, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced July 16. Nearly $20 million of the money will fund smart grid improvements, according to the agency’s news release. Show More Summary

USDA Announces Farm Bill Funding for Increased Access, Wildlife Conservation

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced an additional $20 million in grants to increase access for hunters and anglers, protecting wildlife, and enhancing business opportunities for rural economies. The funding comes as a part of the US De...

US Wildfire Fighting Budget Almost Spent with More Than Two Months Left of Fire Season

While wildfires in the West are burning through the forests at a rapid pace, the U.S. Government is likewise burning through the money in a hurry trying to fight them. This week Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the federal government will likely

House members want action on COOL law

With threats of tariffs on U.S. fruit hanging in the balance, more than 100 members of the U.S. House have asked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to rescind country-of-origin-labeling regulations if the World Trade Organization rules that they violate free trade agreements.

Indiana electricity co-op to get USDA funding

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $263.3 million to help modernize and improve the reliability of rural electric systems in eight states, including Indiana. In Indiana and Kentucky, the Owen Electric Cooperative will receive $30 million to build or improve 228 miles of line and make other system Continue reading ?

Foundation for Food and Ag Research Formed

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the creation of the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, and the appointment of a 15-member board of directors. The 15 voting membersShow More Summary

New Study Contradicts Conservative Media's Attacks On Healthy School Lunches

A new study on school lunches casts doubt on conservative media's politicized rhetoric regarding first lady Michelle Obama's school-lunch initiative. In January 2012, Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled healthier...Show More Summary

USDA Invests in Rural Smart Grid Projects

US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that agency is investing $263.3 million, much of it on smart grid projects to help modernize and improve the reliability of rural electric systems located in eight states. The USDA has a long history, dating back to the days following the Great Depression, of working Continue reading ?

Consumer Group Again Calls on FSIS to Address Food Safety Inspector Shortages

Food & Water Watch (FWW) continues to prod the U.S. Department of Agriculture about shortages of food safety inspectors. In a letter sent to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday, FWW Executive Director Wenonah Hauter cited incidents...Show More Summary

Meeting of school lunch minds

United Fresh Produce Association officials, including chairman Ron Carkoski, took part in a July 10 roundtable discussion with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, officials from the School Nutrition Association, Let’s Move! executive director Sam Kass and numerous other child nutrition advocates.

USDA and USTR name trade advisory committees

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman have named seven members to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Fruits and Vegetables.

Secretary Vilsack Talks T-TIP in Europe

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is in Brussels today starting a week-long trip to Europe to meet with European agricultural and trade officials and other industry stakeholders. In addition to Brussels, Vilsack will visit with officials in Brussels, Luxembourg, Paris, and Dublin. Show More Summary

Lawmakers Urge USDA to Halt Interstate Transport of Captive Deer

Last Friday, six members of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and leading US Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials, urging them to consider "immediate action" against the interstate tr...

Ag Secretary Announces PEDv Action at WPX

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited World Pork Expo in his home state of Iowa Thursday to announce federal actions to help combat porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) and porcine deltacoronavirus (PDCoV). For one, Vilsack says...Show More Summary

“New Era in Conservation” Launch

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) this week launched “a new era in American conservation efforts with an historic focus on public-private partnership.” Vilsack and Stabenow announced the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Tuesday … Continue reading ?

Critical Conservation Areas Overlap Many DU Priority Areas

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the eight Critical Conservation Areas (CCA) established in the 2014 Farm Bill, which overlap with many of Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) priority regions. Among the CCA designations that...

Zimfo Bytes

United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced more than $1.5 million in funding to expand bio-control efforts to fight Huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening. Zoetis Inc. marked another milestone in the company’s launch as an independent public company, … Continue reading ?

USDA announces $78 million for local food enterprises

With a big bump in funding from the 2014 farm bill, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that the USDA is devoting nearly $80 million this year to develop for local and regional food systems.

Agriculture Secretary announces electric system improvements in 18 states

4 months agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced funding for projects in 18 states to improve electric service to business and residential consumers in rural areas. The $540 million in loan guarantees to fund these projects are made available through the U.S. Show More Summary

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