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Letter From the Editor: Agriculture’s Most Popular Man

I spent a couple of hours last week watching Thomas James (Tom) Vilsack wrap the House Education and Workforce Committee around his little finger. It came on his 2,338th day as United States Secretary of Agriculture. He is the boss of 85,000 USDA employees. Those who promote the narratives for such events said the Secretary... Continue Reading

Secretary Vilsack Visits #ASTAannual

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stressed the importance of the seed industry to American agriculture and the nation as a whole during an address kicking off the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) annual meeting on Thursday in Washington DC. Show More Summary

Senators Want USDA to Finalize Poultry Pathogen Standards

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are asking Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to finalize USDA’s Salmonella and Campylobacter performance standards as soon as possible. In January, USDA’s...Show More Summary

CRP General Sign Up Announced

USDA also announces 800,000 more continuous CRP acres available, also benefiting pheasants St. Paul, MN – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up will be held Dec. 1, 2015, through Feb. Show More Summary

Vilsack lauds USDA budget savings; employee morale needs work

During these tight budget times, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has some good news. His “Blueprint for Stronger Service” has saved $1.4 billion since 2012, without, he said, sacrificing service or employee furloughs. That’s well worth trumpeting. But it’s too bad the same innovative spirit that successfully saves taxpayer money also can’t be used to lift […]

News in Brief: Vilsack Stays Up All Night With Sick Corn Plant

last monthHumor : The Onion

WASHINGTON—Gently applying a cool cloth to the plant’s kernels as he cradled its frail stalk in his arms, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stayed up all night caring for a sick corn plant, sources close to the former Iowa governor confirmed Tuesday. Show More Summary

USDA develops first government label for GMO-free products

USDA's move comes as some consumer groups push for mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack outlined the department's plan in a May 1 letter to employees, saying the certification...Show More Summary

Alliance asks USDA help to clear paperwork backlog

The Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance has asked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to give his assurance that a backlog in paperwork at U.S. Department of Agriculture offices won’t prevent fruit and vegetable growers from participating in federal crop insurance this year.

USDA asks China to reconsider its ban on US poultry

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has requested that China end a ban on imports of US poultry that was imposed after an outbreak of bird flu in chickens and turkeys, Reuters reports.

USDA Secretary: From ‘Not A Scientist’ To Climate Change Advocate

Three years ago, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack wouldn't talk about climate change. Now, it's one of the USDA's top priorities. The post USDA Secretary: From ‘Not A Scientist’ To Climate Change Advocate appeared first on ThinkProgress.

USDA increases commitment to rural electrification and smart grids

2 months agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced funding for six electric infrastructure projects in rural areas. Of those six, three of the projects will be located in North Carolina and will use solar energy for rural customers. Source: USDA increases commitment to rural electrification and smart grids – SmartGridNews

USDA Presents Climate Change Initiative

In a speech Thursday at Michigan State University, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack introduced “Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture & Forestry”, an initiative that will utilize voluntary, incentive-based conservation, forestry,...Show More Summary

Why we need regulation: education for SNAP participants?

PoliticoPro Morning Agriculture reports on USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack’s speech to the Consumer Federation of America’s National Food Policy Conference in Washington, DC. About changing the rules so that SNAP benefits could not be used to buy unhealthy foods, Vilsack said: [recipients] may buy a little bit more soda, but they might buy less salty snacks […]

Vilsack Flips Switch on New Solar Farm

On Earth Day, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack flipped the switch to symbolically activate USDA’s first solar array project in the National Capital Region. The 1.6 Megawatt (MW) solar farm, located at the George Washington Carver Center (Carver Center) in Beltsville, Maryland, is the largest solar array on federal property in this region. Show More Summary

Agriculture Secretary presses NC to support trade

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is touting the benefits of trade in North Carolina as he makes the rounds promoting a White Hose push for more authority in negotiating trade agreements. Click to Continue »

Ringtone of the Day: Sen. Pat Roberts’ Phone Plays ‘Let It Go’ During Committee Hearing

3 months agoHumor / odd : The Daily What

Queen Elsa made an brief cameo at a boring Senate Finance Committee hearing on Thursday. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was trying to speak, when “Let It Go” started blaring from across the room. The culprit turned out to be Republican Sen. Show More Summary

U.S. Senate hearing interrupted by 'Frozen' song

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was attempting to discuss Farm Bill sign-ups when he was rudely interrupted by Elsa the Snow Queen. (...)

Ag Conservation Easement Funding Available

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Natural Resources Conservation Service chief Jason Weller have announced the availability of $332 million in financial and technical assistance through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). Show More Summary

USDA Extends ARC and PLC Deadlines

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a one week extension for producers to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to make the decision, update yield history or reallocate base acres will now be April 7, 2015. Show More Summary

AgriTalk Transcript: Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was a guest on today’s AgriTalk radio program with Mike Adams where the discussion focused, in part, on the Farm Bill, trade issues, and the proposed Dietary Guidelines.  An unofficial FarmPolicy.com transcript of the discussion with Sec. Vilsack is available below. Sec. Vilsack says program signup going well but an extension is still […]

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