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Black Farmers Settlement Forgotten By Congress

NPR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

A month ago, the federal government promised it would pay more than $1 billion by the end of March to thousands of black farmers who complained of dis...

Nebraska Economist Calculates Feasibility Of Farmers Markets

Daily Nebraskan | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

With the help of a new program, created by a University of Nebraska-Lincoln agricultural economist, more farmers will be able to see if selling produc...

Pervasive Numbers of Discrimination Complaints at USDA

April D. Ryan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
April D. Ryan

Discrimination of minority farmers by employees at the United States Department of Agriculture may be more pervasive than originally thought.

Landmark Settlement With African American Farmers Is Long Overdue

Dan Glickman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Glickman

When I became Agriculture Secretary in 1995, I was scarcely aware of a long, painful chapter in the history of American civil rights. Tom Vilsack announced on Thursday that it will finally be closed.

Big Barack Bummer

Sarah Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sarah Newman

It's disappointing that the Obama Administration is not providing the visionary leadership on agriculture, like it is in some many other policy areas.

Women Farmers in the Developing World

Dan Silverstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dan Silverstein

In Sub-Saharan Africa, 80% of agricultural workers are women. According to the World Bank,They raise 90% of the food, but receive only 10% of credit extended for agricultural loans.

Food Stamps: Record One in Eight Americans Receive Food Stamps

CNBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Some 37.9 million people -- one in eight Americans -- received food stamps to help buy food at latest count, the government said on Tuesday as enrollm...

VIDEO: Vote Against Corporate Agribusiness

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bob Cesca

Issue 2 will amend Ohio's state constitution to create a small regulatory panel to oversee all of Ohio's livestock. Corporate agribusinesses love the idea, but family farms will be crushed.

Obama's Pick for Head of USAID: Forcing GMO's on the World's Poor

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Holt Gimenez

President Obama's choice of Rajiv Shah as the next USAID administrator reflects a disturbing tendency of this administration to grease the "revolving-door" between industry and government, contrary to campaign promises.

USDA Mortgages: Zero-Down Government Loans Called "Subprime Beef"

BusinessWeek | Mara Der Hovanesian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Builders and lenders are dusting off a familiar pitch: mortgages with $0 down and 100% financing. The deals, which take advantage of a little-known lo...

My Life with Public Health Care

Richard Allen Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Allen Smith

I look back on my almost 25-year-long life of being treated by public health care, and am honestly insulted by the misinformation that comes from anti-reformers.

US Agriculture Interests Split Over Energy Bill

AP | MARGERY A. GIBBS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

OMAHA, Neb. — Climate change legislation before Congress could be an economic godsend to farmers and ranchers. Or it could be an enormous financ...

Stimulus Has Millions In Spending On Actual Pork, Ham

New York Post | GEOFF EARLE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Millions of dollars for pork. No, we mean actual pork. The NY Post reports today that the government is going on a stimulus spending "deli run," with ...

Recovery.gov Description FAIL

Jake Brewer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jake Brewer

Read as stated, this description leads one to believe that the U.S. government spent nearly $1.2M for 2 pounds of ham ...sliced.

Stimulus Numbers: Transparent, Yes. Intelligible? No.

ProPublica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
ProPublica

One of our goals for tracking the $787 billion stimulus package is figuring out how much each federal agency is actually spending -- something that's trickier than it sounds.

Something to Chu On

Brian F. Keane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brian F. Keane

To be sure, the nomination of Steven Chu -- like almost all of the Obama appointments -- represents a striking and hopeful departure from the approach we've seen under President Bush.

Abusive Slaughterhouse Billed $67 Million For Recall

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

CHINO, Calif. — The federal government said Thursday it has billed a California slaughterhouse more than $67 million for expenses associated wit...

USDA Orders Nation's Largest Beef Recall

AP | GREG RISLING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Sunday ordered the recall of 143 million pounds of frozen beef from a California slaughterho...

CA Slaughterhouse Zaps Cows Too Weak To Stand

Washington Post | Rick Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Video footage being released today shows workers at a California slaughterhouse delivering repeated electric shocks to cows too sick or weak to stand ...