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Agriculture Department to Provide $27Mln to Fight Childhood Hunger in US

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced more than $27 million in grants to fund innovative projects designed help end childhood hunger.

Tom Vilsack Announces Projects To Fight Child Hunger

5 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Can bigger food stamp benefits alleviate child hunger in rural Kentucky? U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday that the Obama administration wants to find out. The Department of Agriculture will spendShow More Summary

Sunday Afternoon Update: Policy Issues; Trade; Ag Economy; Biotech; and Regulations

Policy Issues A news release on Friday from USDA’s Farm Service Agency stated that, “Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that a one-time extension will be provided to producers for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The final day to update […]

Sec. Vilsack Addresses 2015 Commodity Classic

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack spoke to over 7000 agricultural producers and industry members during his 6th appearance at Commodity Classic on Friday. Sec. Vilsack began by stating that he “was in the presence of greatness” and went on to thank farmers for all that they do on a daily basis. He also thanked farmers for their work on the... Read More

USDA May Move Up Timeline for Labeling Mechanically Tenderized Beef

While appearing before the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Wednesday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said USDA will work to introduce labels for mechanically tenderized beef within the next two years. New labeling laws are implemented in two-year increments so that new label rules made in 2013 or 2014 will be implemented on Jan. Show More Summary

Wednesday Morning Update: Senate Ag Committee Farm Bill Hearing, Ag Economy; Trade; Budget; and, Biofuels

Policy Issues- Senate Ag Committee Hearing; House Ag Committee Hearing Today In two separate panels, agricultural producers and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack testified before the Senate Agriculture Committee on the implementation of  last year’s Farm Bill Tuesday morning. Show More Summary

Senate Ag Committee Farm Bill Hearing

At a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on Tuesday, lawmakers reviewed the implementation of the Farm Bill after one year and heard testimony from farmers and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. In his opening remarks, Chairman Pat Roberts (R., Kan.) indicated that, “As our first order of business it’s only right that we recognize and appreciate […]

2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report

Recall that in a February 11th House Ag Committee hearing, Chairman Michael Conaway (R., Tex.) and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack had an exchange on the Dietary Guideline issue. Sec. Vilsack noted that, “Well, first of all, these are recommendations which the Department of Health & Human Services and the Department of Agriculture are free […]

Secy Vilsack to Keynote 6th Commodity Classic

Not only has Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack set a record as the longest serving secretary in modern history, there’s no doubt he has appeared in more places and events more times than any of his predecessors. Vilsack will visit the Commodity Classic next week for the sixth year in a row to address the annual convention and trade show... Read More

Nutrition Issues Highlighted at House Ag Committee Hearing

At a House Ag Committee hearing on Tuesday, lawmakers and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack highlighted nutrition related issues. Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R., Tex.) had the following exchange with Sec. Vilsack on Dietary Guidelines: Rep. Conaway: Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is rumored to be wanting to eliminate red meat from our diets as a part […]

Federal Judge Dismisses Court Challenge to New USDA Poultry Inspection Rule

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has dismissed a lawsuit Food & Water Watch Inc. and two of its members filed against U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack last fall to challenge the agency’s New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS). In doing so, the language the judge used... Continue Reading

Rep. Newhouse, Sec. Vilsack Discuss West Coast Labor Dispute

During the discussion portion of today’s House Agriculture Committee hearing to review the state of the rural economy, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R., Wash.) had a discussion with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about the labor dispute at the West Coast ports that is harming agriculture exports and rural economies across the country. A video replay […]

Chairman Conaway, Secretary Vilsack Discuss Crop Insurance Issues

During the discussion portion of today’s House Agriculture Committee hearing to review the state of the rural economy, Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R., Tex.) had a detailed conversation with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about crop insurance issues. A video replay and transcript of that discussion is available below.   Rep. Conaway: Mr. Secretary, again […]

Policy Issues; Ag Economy; Trade; Regulations; and, Biofuels- Tuesday

Policy Issues DTN Political Correspondent Jerry Hagstrom reported yesterday that, “A statement by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week that crop insurance companies are making a 14% to 15% return on investment raised eyebrows here [Bonita Springs, Fla.] at a crop insurance industry meeting. Show More Summary

Farm Bill, One Year and Counting

One year ago today #FarmBill signed into law- recap, http://t.co/ISFnoK8dfR, and key developments to the finish line, http://t.co/o3q6CY1edv — Keith Good (@FarmPolicy) February 7, 2015 Last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack gave an update on USDA’s progress in implementing the Bill during an interview with Politico. See also this New York Times video- “President Obama […]

Politico: Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Farm Bill Anniversary

Earlier this week, Politico’s Jason Huffman and Bill Tomson sat down with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack “to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the 2014 Farm Bill.” An unofficial FarmPolicy.com TRANSCRIPT of the discussion is available here. And highlights from the Politico interview were included in Friday’s FarmPolicy.com news summary. -kg

Policy Issues; Trade; Agricultural Economy; Regulations; and, Immigration- Friday

Policy Issues Earlier this week, Politico’s Jason Huffman and Bill Tomson sat down with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack “to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the 2014 Farm Bill.” A video replay of this discussion is available here, while an unofficial FarmPolicy.com transcript of the interview can be found here. In part, Sec. Vilsack indicated […]

USDA Secretary orders update of animal welfare research strategy

last monthNews : The Raw Story

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has directed agency staff to create and deliver an updated Animal Welfare Strategy plan within 60 days, according to an internal email reviewed by Reuters. The emailed memo from Chavonda Jacobs-Young, head of the agency’s Agricultural...

Exclusive: USDA Secretary orders update of agency's animal welfare research strategy

last monthNews : The Newsroom

By P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has directed agency staff to create and send him an updated Animal Welfare Strategy plan within 60 days, according to an internal memo reviewed by Reuters. Show More Summary

USDA names potato board appointments

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has named 33 appointments to the National Potato Promotion Board.

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