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Kate Sheppard

Environment 'Has Never Been A Partisan Issue' For EPA Administrator

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Before joining the Obama administration, Environmental Protection Agency head Gina McCarthy was a high-ranking official for two Republic...

Pat Roberts' Cell Goes Off During A Hearing, Revealing His Amazing Ringtone Choice

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) apparently forgot to silence his cell phone during work Thursday, because his ringtone, "Let It Go" from the Disney movie "F...

Arthur Delaney

Obama Administration Trying New Ways To Fight Child Hunger

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Can bigger food stamp benefits alleviate child hunger in rural Kentucky? U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday that th...

Getting Covered Is Good for Rural America

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Sec. Tom Vilsack

Living in a rural community shouldn't have to come with a hefty price tag for health care.

New Emails Show White House Role In Resignation Of Former USDA Employee

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 2010 email from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says his department was "waiting for the go-ahead" from the White House before...

How Obama Cut the Deficit in Half -- And Made Us Pay the Price

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Barack Obama deserves credit for delivering on his promise to shrink the deficit -- a promise that Mitt Romney and his tax cuts would surely have violated -- but Americans have to ask themselves whether they really want a smaller government.

Does Rep. Poe Want to Undermine the Financial Stability of School Meal Programs?

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 11.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Huehnergarth

Trying to fund school activities or charities at the expense of children's health is unconscionable. I can only hope that Congress realizes that the BAKE SALE Act will not only damage the health of our children but the financial health of the very school lunch programs we've worked hard to improve.

Farm To Fork Across America: Bridging the Local Meat Gap in Reno, Part II

Julie Ann Fineman | Posted 10.18.2014 | Home
Julie Ann Fineman

The thought of visiting Wolf Pack Meats conjured up vivid childhood memories. My father, a veterinarian and my grandfather, proprietor of a California slaughter house and meatpacking plant, exposed me to the inner workings of both ends of life's spectrum at an early age.

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.

Are Transition Plans Code for Climate Change Backtracking?

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 08.24.2014 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

The USDA Forest Service is pushing through the sale of nearly 6,200 acres of Tongass rainforest's old growth timber for 10-15 years of logging. Only a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department investigation is forestalling the tragic event.

Adults, Including Congress, Also Need to Make the Right Choices

Bruce Lesley | Posted 08.17.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

Parents count of schools to "do right" by our children and to ensure that, just as kids learn reading and math skills that lay the foundation for later learning and success, healthy eating is taught and modeled throughout the school day as well. This is important for all kids, but especially for low-income children.

Subpoenas To Agriculture Secretary Stand In Breitbart Suit

AP | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge has turned aside an administration effort to quash subpoenas to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, whose testimony is bein...

Obama Administration Presses New Funding Plan For Wildfires

AP | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics

DENVER (AP) — As the Obama administration pushes Congress to ensure that enough money is available to fight destructive wildfires, the U.S. Forest S...

Agriculture Secretary Subpoenaed In Racist Video Suit

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has been subpoenaed in a lawsuit filed against the late blogger Andrew Breitbart. Former USDA e...

Why It's Time To Dump The 'Filthy Chicken Rule'

J. David Cox Sr. | Posted 06.23.2014 | Green
J. David Cox Sr.

Do you think any human can adequately inspect three birds every second to ensure they are free of feathers, feces, lesions, bile and other contaminants?

U.S. to Help Ukraine by Importing Hemp

Ben Droz | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Ben Droz

Two birds with one stone: we help Ukraine by importing hemp seeds, and then boost our own economy by giving farmers and industry a new crop and resource.

Only I Didn't Say Fudge (or: The Sociology of Profanity)

Galanty Miller | Posted 05.31.2014 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

Profanity isn't shocking anymore. It's not edgy or sassy or hip or rebellious. It's just a sad, tiresome example of our shrinking vocabulary. Thanks, Twitter. People swear when they have nothing to say, but they want to talk. My feeling? You're not getting paid by the word and you're not a sailor. So keep it simple.

Dave Jamieson

White House's Gift To The Poultry Industry Under Fire From Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It appears the Agriculture Department's controversial plan to create faster line speeds in poultry processing plants has hit another sna...

USDA Chief: Climate Change Already Hurting Farmers

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 02.06.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — Climate change is already hurting American farmers and rural residents, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday, warning ...

Feds Announce Millions More In Aid For California Drought

AP | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal officials on Wednesday pledged more money to help California cope with its severe drought as state fishing regulat...

House Passes Farm Law Extension

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 12.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed an extension of farm law until the end of January as lawmakers try to finish work on a new five-year farm bil...

Homegrown by Heroes Program to Roll out Nationwide

Linda Watson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Linda Watson

Would you make a special effort to buy food raised by veterans?

A Very Unhappy Birthday for the Tongass National Forest

Cindy Shogan | Posted 11.13.2013 | Green
Cindy Shogan

When we blew out the candles on our Tongass birthday cake this year, we made a very specific wish -- that the Forest Service finally make good on its promise to stop devastating large-scale industrial logging, transition away from old-growth logging, and protect America's rainforest for the future.

Souped Up School Buses Feed Hungry Kids On Summer Break

AP | DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP | Posted 08.19.2013 | Impact

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- Four days a week this summer, lime green school buses loaded with games, books and computers rumbled through low-income neighbor...

Sam Stein

Tom Vilsack To GOP: The '80s Called, They Want Their Attacks On Food Stamps Back

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Republicans' obsession with cutting food stamps is symptomatic of a 1980s state of mind. "This...