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Trump’s 'Beachhead' Teams Host Dozens Of Former Lobbyists

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 03.24.2017 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

by Ashley Balcerzak and Niv Sultan Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has been mired in questions about his investments in the healthcare ...

Trump's Agriculture Pick Vows To Fight For Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Despite Budget Cuts

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 03.23.2017 | Politics

Agriculture secretary nominee Sonny Perdue on Thursday vowed to defend efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay, even though the White House has proposed...

Trump Has A Weird Way Of Showing How Much He Loves Farmers

The Huffington Post | Hayley Miller | Posted 03.21.2017 | Politics

President Donald Trump tweeted his support for farmers and ranchers Tuesday, thanking them for their hard work and dedication. Meanwhile, his administ...

Alternative Twitter Explodes Over Alternative Facts And Gag Orders

The Huffington Post | Mary S Papenfuss | Posted 01.27.2017 | Politics

It started with tweets by Badlands National Park on climate change in defiance of a gag order by the Trump administration. When those tweets were dele...

How One Woman Is Helping Inspire A Generation Of Girls To Close The Gender Gap In Farming

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 01.06.2017 | Impact

Farms in the U.S. have a problem: There simply aren’t enough women working on them, especially at the top of the industry. About 30 percent of U.S. ...

Changes Coming For Stores That Accept Food Stamps

The Huffington Post | Emily Tate | Posted 12.14.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Stores that accept food stamps will have to sell a wider variety of perishable foods under a new U.S. Department of Agriculture rule de...

Red State Conservatives Vie for Ag Slot

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 11.21.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is in the running to be secretary of agriculture. (Facebook) BY: JACK NOLAND Agriculture Department chiefs tend to come fr...

USDA Closes Offices In Five States After Anonymous Threats

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 08.30.2016 | Politics

(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has closed six offices in five U.S. states after receiving anonymous threats, a USDA representative sai...

These 9 Counties Are Running Out Of Water

24/7 Wall St. | Casey Williams | Posted 05.31.2016 | Business

This week, California lifted some — but not all — of its statewide restrictions on urban water use. This comes as Lake Mead’s water level, affec...

End Summer Child Hunger Now!

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Spring is almost in full swing and summer is just around the corner. Millions of children in America can't wait for summer vacation, but for millions of poor children who rely on school meals it's a mixed blessing.

A Quiet Surge in Natural Resources Innovation

Ann Morgan | Posted 12.23.2016 | Green
Ann Morgan

As society explores these new tools, we need to make sure that the public remains involved and that sophisticated market solutions are based on science and maximizing ecological benefits and not just enhancing private assets at the expense of public lands.

'Green News Report' - April 28, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.28.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Devastation and rescue in Nepal after massive earthquake; March 2015 the ...

Let's Stop Debating If Poor Pregnant Women Should Eat Potatoes And Teach Them Proper Nutrition Instead

Slate | L.V. Anderson | Posted 02.19.2015 | Impact

A new study, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and executed by the nonprofit research group Institute of Medicine, attempts to answer...

Love the Hands that Feed You. 6 Tips for a More Sustainable Valentine's Day.

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 04.15.2015 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

This Valentine's Day, before planning your romantic dinner or buying roses and chocolate, think about how your choices will affect the hands that feed you.

Bringing the Promise of Healthy School Meals to More Children This Fall

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 09.14.2014 | Impact
Sec. Tom Vilsack

For many kids, the meals they get at school may be the only nutritious meals they receive that day -- and when children receive proper nourishment, they are not only healthier, but they also have better school attendance and perform better academically.

'People's Garden' Will Bring Sustainability Showcase to DC's National Mall

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 08.27.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

One of the more thoughtful landscaping undertakings I have seen will be installed over the next 15 years on, appropriately enough, the grounds of the US Department of Agriculture headquarters in Washington.

Addressing the Needs of Working Families in Rural America

Krysta Harden | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Krysta Harden

I am proud to be from rural America, and I know that others feel the same sense of community that I do, but there are many challenges that rural residents face.

The Hungry Child

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Hunger and malnutrition have devastating consequences for children. Federal nutrition programs continue to be a critical support to ensure children's daily nutritional needs are met: they put food on children's plates, help build healthy minds and bodies, and help lift families out of poverty.

America's Struggling Families Need a Farm Bill

Kevin W. Concannon | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Kevin W. Concannon

Earlier this week I was accompanied by Deputy Under Secretary Janey Thornton and Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator Anne Alonzo as we visite...

Republican Deaf Ears

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Much of the country kicked off the New Year with heavy snowstorms followed by a blast of frigid cold temperatures. But for 1.3 million Americans, whose unemployment checks have been cut off, this may be the coldest winter of all.

Dept. Of Agriculture Permanently Eases Up On School Meals

Reuters | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 2 (Reuters) - U.S. regulators said on Thursday they were permanently relaxing school meal rules that were designed to combat childho...

Playing Chicken With Food Safety

Michael Winship | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

New rules the U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to put into effect would transfer much of the work inspecting pork and chicken and turkey meat from trained government inspectors to the processing companies themselves. Talk about putting the fox in the henhouse!

GOP Hypocrisy and the Farm Bill

Michael Tanner | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Michael Tanner

Whenever Republicans cut spending for a social welfare program, Democrats claim that it's not unaffordable spending that the Republicans dislike, but poor people. By passing the farm bill this week -- after stripping spending for the food stamp program -- House Republicans showed that that stereotype is largely true.

Summer Break Means Vacation for Some, Hunger for Others

Dr. Michele Borba | Posted 09.02.2013 | Impact
Dr. Michele Borba

While many are making plans with friends, heading to the beach or enrolling in camp, others are facing a very different and very somber reality: a loss of access to food for the coming summer months.

Dave Jamieson

Workers Pay A Steep Price For Your Cheap Chicken

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.06.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- A recent government study of workers at a poultry plant in South Carolina determined that four out of 10 showed signs of the painful han...