Farm Bill Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was a guest on Wednesday’s AgriTalk radio program with Mike Adams where the conversation focused on Farm Bill issues. An unofficial FarmPolicy.com transcript of the conversation with Sec. Vilsack and Mike Adams is available here. Sec. Vilsack pointed out that, “Well, I think we have to be realistic […]
FarmPolicy will return on Friday with a morning news update; in the meantime, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was a guest on today’s AgriTalk radio program with Mike Adams. The conversation focused on Farm Bill issues, including a look at the King Amendment- a legislative amendment to the Farm Bill sponsored by Steve King (R., […]
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of nearly $10.5 million in US Department of Agriculture (USDA) grants to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities designed to give them a competitive business edge.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says that the farm bill – either passing or not – sends a message to the rest of the country about governing. He discusses the bill, Hillary Clinton and Gov. Chris Christie in this episode of Capital Download with Susan Page. -kg
Agriculture Minister Ritz held meetings with members of the US Congress, US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and US and Canadian industry representatives in Washington D.C. on the subject of mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (COOL). Show More Summary
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced recipients of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Community Food Project awards.
The relentless efforts of Rep. Steve King, R-IA, to incorporate a grossly overreaching amendment to the Farm Bill arrived at a significant juncture yesterday when Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack added his voice to the growing chorus of opponents. Show More Summary
Produce will start looking patriotic if U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has his way. In a conference call today, he praised Kentucky's Homegrown by Heroes branding campaign, which could soon be in all fifty states. Red, white,...Show More Summary
Four members of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture are among the latest in Congress to write to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack regarding a proposal to change how safety inspections are done in poultry plants. The lawmakers, including committee chairman Rep. Frank D. Lucas (R-Okla.) and ranking member Rep. Collin C. Peterson (D-Minn.), support the […]
The fate of mandatory country-of-origin labeling for meat products should be left out of the farm bill and handled by the World Trade Organization, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at an event hosted by POLITICO Thursday. Country of origin labeling (COOL) laws require meat sold in grocery stores to indicate the original source country on the... Continue Reading
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawmakers writing the final version of the new U.S. farm bill should reject the "hatchet" cuts that House Republicans want to make to food stamps for the poor, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Wednesd...
Whether he’s talking about energy security, infrastructure, or nutrition, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has perfected the game of political distraction.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack revealed funding for rural electric utility system improvements that will benefit residential and business customers in 23 states. The $960 million in USDA loan guarantees will help build 3,587 miles of line, benefit about 17,000 rural residential and business customers, and make other system improvements. Show More Summary
The US Department of Agriculture has made available $181 million to develop commercial-scale biorefineries or retrofit existing facilities with appropriate technology to develop advanced biofuels. Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack says...Show More Summary
Consumer rights group Food & Water Watch has expressed concern in a new letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack over the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2011 decision to reaffirm equivalency status to the meat-inspection systems in Australia. Show More Summary
From USDA (October 17)- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack comments on the South Dakota livestock disaster saying USDA Under Secretary Michael Scuse is going there to get first hand information. Secretary Vilsack also comments on the need for Congressional action on a budget, a new Farm Bill and comprehensive immigration reform. -kg
The idea of converting old CTA buses to sell fresh fruits and vegetables in Chicago's food deserts proved so popular that Mayor Rahm Emanuel brought U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to town to announce federal money for the program.
From the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Oct. 1- “Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack comments on the government shutdown and the value of USDA employees to the nation.” -kg
Farm Bill and Budget Issues: Recap- Friday DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton reported on Friday that, “In an interview with DTN, [Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack] said USDA faces the prospect of a dual fiscal problem hitting the department on Tuesday. USDA employees go into the weekend knowing the farm bill expires Sept. 30, as well […]
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the release of funding for electric transmission and distribution projects in seven states, including Minnesota, to improve electric power service for about 7,000 rural electricity customers. Show More Summary