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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...

Push is on to find $1.15B for black farmers' settlement

March 25, 2010 Obama administration officials and congressional leaders will continue negotiating Thursday on how Congress can pass a $1.15 billion appropriation to settle the black farmers' discrimination case against the Agriculture Department, an aide to House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers said late Wednesday. "They're still talking. The conversations will roll into tomorrow,"...

Agriculture chief says black farmer discrimination settlement needs $1.15B

March 2, 2010 The Obama administration is asking Congress to appropriate $1.15 billion in emergency funding to make payments to black farmers to satisfy the discrimination case known as Pigford II, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Tuesday. After testifying before the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, Vilsack told reporters the administration was asking...

Agriculture's animal ID plan has some kicking up hooves

February 9, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The chairwoman of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee expressed reservations about the Agriculture Department secretary's plan to turn much of the proposed national animal identification system over to the states. "I am concerned that we are moving from a single system capable of integrating and analyzing information across state lines...

Vilsack names more key deputies

January 27, 2010 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Wednesday announced a series of appointments with implications for the Obama administration's policies on trade promotion and food aid, as well as for President Obama's global food security initiative. None of the appointees is close to farm, commodity or food-aid groups, and they do not...

Empty Agriculture offices, including food safety, raise concerns

January 12, 2010 Almost a full year after President Obama took office, the Agriculture Department still has vacancies in five key leadership positions, including the high-profile job of undersecretary for food safety. Despite several outbreaks of food-borne illness in 2009 and the appointment of an interagency panel on food safety, Obama has not...

USDA chief plans for Afghanistan trip

January 8, 2010 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is planning a trip to Afghanistan as USDA ramps up efforts to promote agricultural development in the country. At a news conference Thursday with U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah and Richard Holbrooke, the special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Vilsack said agriculture development...

Head of Foreign Agricultural Service reassigned

December 23, 2009 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Tuesday reassigned Michael Michener, administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service, to serve as his special representative at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Agencies in Rome. Michener announced his change of jobs in an e-mail to the FAS staff. He said his last day...