New herbicide and GE seeds: EPA and USDA poised to approve herbicide...
If the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture give their approval to a new herbicide called Enlist Duo and to corn and soybean seeds genetically engineered to resist that chemical, the United States could see a significant increase in what is already one of the country's most widely used herbicides.
Report: Firefighting costs eroding conservation
This March 14, 2014 file photo shows Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Mon Aug 18, 2014
Norwalk Citizen News
US Agriculture Secretary Vilsack visiting NH
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is coming to New Hampshire on Tuesday to visit a farm that's one of 250 in the country getting a grant aimed at turning commodities into value-added products.
Fri Aug 15, 2014
USDA Funds Broadband Expansion in Rural Minnesota, North Dakota and Texas
The loans are being funded through USDA Rural Utilities Service's Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan Program to finance projects to expand voice, video and data services.
Sat Aug 09, 2014
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Agriculture Secretary Calls on Congress to Address Forest Conservation
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is hoping that Congress will return from their five-week summer recess ready to address the need for forest conservation.
Thu Aug 07, 2014
Casey, Gillibrand Urging USDA to Prioritize Emergency Food Assistance
Washington DC- Today, U.S. Senators Bob Casey and Kirsten Gillibrand along with a bipartisan group of 26 other senators sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack urging him to make emergency purchases during this fiscal year to assist The Emergency Food Assistance Program .
Tue Aug 05, 2014
School boards urge USDA to provide substantial flexibility in school meals proposal
The National School Boards Association supports the U.S. Department of Agriculture's decision to delay or waive implementation of some of the more difficult provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
Money allocated for suppressing fires to run out
The U.S. Forest Service will soon have to tap into programs designed to prevent wildfires so that it can meet the expenses of fighting this summer's round of fires.
Mon Aug 04, 2014
WA Rep. McMorris Rodgers Says Reliable Grain Inspection Critical to Eastern Part of State
Washington, DC-Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers released the following statement after sending a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack expressing concern over stoppages to official grain inspections at the Port of Vancouver.
APNewsBreak: Iowa workers' comp official to resign
Godfrey has accepted an appointment as chairman and chief judge of the Employees' Compensation Appeals Board in Washington, which decides workers' compensation claims filed by federal workers.
Tue Jul 29, 2014
USDA enacting beefed-up crop insurance through 2014 Farm Bill
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday it is continuing to implement provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill that will expand insurance coverage options for farmers and ranchers.
And another thing: solve the immigration crisis, Mr. Vilsack
After a lapse of better than three years, it was good to see the reemergence of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee.
Fri Jul 25, 2014
Log Cabin Democrat
Arkansas Counties receive Federal Disaster declarations
United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has made Secretarial disaster declarations for farmers and ranchers in 10 Arkansas counties that suffered losses due to flash flooding, excessive rain, high winds, hail, and dangerous lightning beginning on June 29, 2014, and continuing.
Alaska Journal of Commerce
Governor asks feds to buy surplus canned salmon
Gov. Sean Parnell has asked a federal agency to buy about 1 million cases of canned pink salmon to ease a glut that has weighed down prices for Alaska fishermen this year.
CoBank joins USDA in new public-private partnership
CoBank, a cooperative bank serving agribusinesses, rural infrastructure providers and Farm Credit associations throughout the United States, announced that it has joined with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the formation of a new public-private partnership focused on infrastructure investment in rural America.
Thu Jul 24, 2014
Northern Colorado receives $75,000 for fire mitigation
Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael Connor announced Thursday $187,500 in funding for Colorado projects to treat forests during wildfire season, $75,000 of which would go to Northern Colorado.
Court nixes Vilsack subpoena in Sherrod v. Breitbart suit
A federal appeals court has issued an unusual order overturning a lower court's ruling that Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack must sit for a deposition in a libel lawsuit former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod brought in connection with her forced resignation in 2010 following a web posting that portrayed her as a racist based on video clips of a ... (more)
Wed Jul 23, 2014
Federal disaster declarations made for 10 counties
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has made disaster declarations for farmers and ranchers in 10 Arkansas counties who suffered losses due to storms that began in the affected areas June 29. Vilsack issued disaster declarations Wednesday in response to flood conditions in Cross, Independence, Jackson, Lee, Lonoke, Monroe, Prairie, St.
USDA Names Research Foundation Board Members
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has selected the 15-member board for the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research that will be tasked with leveraging funds to better expand research on agricultural priorities both nationally and internationally.