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A Fight is Growing Over Food Labels

July 29, 2015 Food labeling suddenly has become the summer rage in Congress. On Thursday, the House passed a bill that would stop states from labeling foods with genetically modified organisms and would establish a voluntary "non-GMO" label at the federal level. The same day, senators introduced one bill that would repeal country-of-origin...

How Obama's EPA Is Making Life Difficult for Clinton

March 9, 2015 DES MOINES—The biggest takeaways from the GOP-dominated Iowa Ag Summit here this weekend may be the opportunity that the Renewable Fuel Standard offers Hillary Clinton to address income inequality and the danger that the Obama administration's dithering management of the RFS may pose to her quest for the presidency. Clinton...

USDA Chief Unveils Campaign to Combat Childhood Hunger

March 5, 2015 While Republicans on Capitol Hill attempt to rein in food stamps and roll back some of the healthier-school-meals rules that have been put in place during the Obama administration, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is organizing a new effort to curb childhood hunger and improve nutrition in some of the poorest...

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...

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