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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.
Tue Jul 22, 2014
World News Report
USDA Awards Grants to Native American Communities to Strengthen Small Businesses and Create Jobs
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is providing support to Native American communities in 18 states to help strengthen tribal business and create jobs.
Mon Jul 21, 2014
U.S. Agriculture Secretary and former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack signed a proclamation declaring Aug. 3-9 National Farmers Market Week.
Sat Jul 19, 2014
Agriculture minister promotes FEPZ plan in U.S.
Taipei, July 19 Council of Agriculture Minister Chen Bao-ji has solicited investment in the value-added agriculture industry in Taiwan's planned free economic pilot zones and has aggressively promoted a future U.S.-Taiwan bilateral investment agreement during a July 13-19 visit to the United States, a COA spokesman said Saturday.
Fri Jul 18, 2014
U.S. Agriculture Secretary sees critical role for Oregon on local food, renewable fronts
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack hit Oregon Thursday to tout the state's rural economy as well as dish out money to various projects.
Mon Jul 14, 2014
Federal farm bill programs assist Oklahoma livestock farmers
The bill financed two programs that have become increasingly important to Oklahoma ranchers.
Sat Jul 12, 2014
The Washington Post
Gov. Terry McAuliffe's connections can pay off for business in Virginia
Martin J. Briley was heading overseas to drum up business for the state of Virginia, so Gov. Terry McAuliffe offered to hook him up with a friend in Mumbai.
Fri Jul 11, 2014
Agriculture Secretary Promotes Summer Meals In Baltimore
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is visiting Baltimore to promote efforts to ensure that low-income children who rely on subsidized meals during the school year can also receive meals during the summer.
Thu Jul 10, 2014
NSBA discusses school lunch concerns with USDA
The National School Boards Association was one of 16 organizations that met today with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Under Secretary of Agriculture Kevin Concannon, and "Let's Move!" Executive Director Sam Kass to discuss problems implementing new regulations for school meals stipulated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and methods for ... (more)
Wed Jul 09, 2014
Research shows manure can be turned into fuel oil
Now, researchers say they've identified the process to convert cow manure into a strain of algae that contains fuel oils.
Wed Jul 02, 2014
Another Obama Cabinet Member Falls Short
President Obama's mounting scandals and plummeting approval ratings illustrate the old maxim that life is tough, and it's even tougher if you're stupid-as so many administration officials have shown themselves to be.
United States and Korea Streamline Organic Trade
Organic processed products certified in the United States or Korea can now be labeled as organic in either country.
Sun Jun 29, 2014
Scottish Haggis Ban In US Could Be Overturned
The Environment Secretary hopes to reverse a ban on the traditional recipe, which could be worth millions to Scottish producers.
Sat Jun 28, 2014
New members named to Agricultural Trade Advisory Committees
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced the appointment of 19 additional members to six agricultural trade advisory committees.
Simpson moves to stop sheep station closure
Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today announced that he and Oregon Congressman Greg Walden along with other western members of Congress have asked the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture to stop the closure of the U.S. Sheep Experimental Station in Dubois.
Fri Jun 27, 2014
National Organic Standards Board Threatened by USDA Maneuvering
On June 17, 20 organic farm and consumer groups filed a petition with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to protect the authority and permanence of the National Organic Standards Board .