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EPA Chief Won't Ditch the Waters Rule, But She Is Digging for Answers

July 28, 2014 Is it worth the effort for an Environmental Protection Agency administrator in a Democratic administration to meet with her farm, ranch, and Republican critics? Or should she stay safely among her environmental and conservation supporters in Washington and the coastal cities and just push ahead? EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, who ...

USDA unveils details of shutdown plan

April 7, 2011 If the government shuts down at midnight Friday, meat, poultry, egg, grain and other commodity inspections would continue, but most other agriculture-related USDA activities would be shut down, an Agriculture Department official has told The Hagstrom Report. "We still believe there is an opportunity to avoid a government shutdown but ...

USDA Native American case moves closer to resolution

October 13, 2010 The long-standing Native American discrimination case against the Agriculture Department, Keepseagle v. Vilsack, appears to be near settlement, lawyers for the Justice Department and the plaintiffs told a federal District Court judge Wednesday. The class action suit, which was filed in 1997, contends that the Agriculture Department discriminated against Native ...

Food safety undersecretary sets priorities

September 23, 2010 In her first public speech since she was confirmed by the Senate on Sept. 16, Agriculture Undersecretary for Food Safety Elisabeth Hagen emphasized Thursday that the most important purpose of the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service was "to protect the public health." The FSIS has responsibility for inspection of ...

OMB's handling of USDA funding has lawmaker fuming

July 22, 2010 House Agriculture Committee Chairman Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., is mad as hell at the Office of Management and Budget over the way it is handling the Agriculture Department's money, and he's not going to take it anymore. At a June hearing, Peterson learned that OMB had allowed the Bush administration ...

USDA chief gets heat for Sherrod firing

July 21, 2010 The Congressional Black Caucus, the Federation of Southern Cooperatives and the Rural Coalition Wednesday called on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to reinstate Shirley Sherrod, the Georgia rural development director who was forced to resign Tuesday amid controversy over remarks on race. Sherrod has come under fire for comments she made ...

Agriculture chief fosters better relationship between EPA and farmers

July 19, 2010 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack defended EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson's handling of agricultural issues on Monday, but he acknowledged EPA has made some mistakes in handling farm issues and said he is trying to help farmers in their relationship with the agency. In the question-and-answer session after a speech to the ...

Black-farmers group cheers deal in war bill

July 2, 2010 Two longstanding discrimination lawsuits against USDA and the Interior Department received settlement money in the war supplemental approved by the House late Thursday, spurring advocates to call on the Senate to follow suit. The bill included money to pay for the settlement of a black farmers' anti-discrimination case against USDA, ...

Emergency appropriation for black farmers is unlikely

April 22, 2010 Neither the White House nor the House leadership appears willing to provide a $1.15 billion appropriation on an emergency basis to settle the black farmers' discrimination lawsuit against the Agriculture Department, threatening a settlement reached this year in the decades-old litigation. John Boyd, president of the Black Farmers Association, said ...

Agriculture Department's soybean investigation nearing end

April 9, 2010 The Agriculture Department inspector general is nearing completion of a two-year investigation of the soybean research and promotion program that has split the industry and involves charges of a knife incident, sexual harassment and misspending, a spokesman for the inspector general said this week. "We anticipate completing our review and ...