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President Obama: Time to Man-Up and Rehire Shirley Sherrod -- and Apologize

Oliver Willis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Oliver Willis

Shirley Sherrod is the kind of person whose service deserves reward, not to have her name dragged through the right wing mud with the aid of the highest office in the land.

Food Pantries Offering Nutrition Classes, Fighting The Fast Food Diet

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Children are going hungry in America. It's becoming irrefutable based on recent studies by government agencies and anti-hunger groups. These groups es...

WATCH: USDA Official Admits Racial Preference During NAACP Banquet, Resigns

Huffington Post | Adam J. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

***UPDATED*** 7/20/10, 6:49PM Shirley Sherrod says that she was forced to resign from her position at the USDA after her comments were taken out of c...

Elk Creek Mine Receives Approval To Drill Vents On Roadless National Forest Land

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — A western Colorado coal mine received approval Thursday to drill wells on roadless forest land to vent methane. The drilling at the El...

Republican Senators Take Aim at Small Farmers, Urban Consumers, and Locavores

Dan Imhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Imhoff

Why don't the Senators want us to know our farmers or care about where our food comes from? Maybe it's because they are clinging to the decades-old "Get Big or Get Out" story line.

Colorado Roadless Rule: It's Scientists Versus Politicians On State Exemption Issue

The Colorado Independent | David O. Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Some key Colorado politicians seem to like the state's controversial roadless rule -- submitted last week to the Obama administration -- but a lot of ...

Bill Ritter Submits Plan For Colorado To Manage Its Own State Parks

The Denver Post | Bruce Finley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Gov. Bill Ritter today is submitting a request to the Obama administration to let Colorado manage roadless national forests in the state according to ...

Rebuilding and Revitalizing America's Rural Communities

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sec. Tom Vilsack

There is more potential for economic growth in rural American than at any time in decades; we just need to embrace new strategies to help create a thriving rural economy.

Federal Audit, Lawmakers Spotlight Puppy Mill Problems

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Pacelle

There's long overdue action on the issue of puppy mills, and the issue got some much-needed attention yesterday from the federal government. Sens. Ric...

Chicken Farmers Describe a System of Extortion and Economic Slavery

Regina Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Regina Weiss

At the May 21st hearing, attorney General Eric Holder was urged to enforce federal antitrust laws on behalf of contract poultry growers who raise flo...

Obama's USDA Less Transparent Than Bush's

Donald Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donald Carr

The Environmental Working Group has worked hard to track the billions lavished on the wealthiest and largest farm operations in the country, in the ho...

Obama Keeps Two Factory Farm Promises - Will Hold "National Rural Summit"

David Kirby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Kirby

I learned on Friday that the administration will soon rein in Big Ag and announce a "National Rural Summit," something that candidate Obama had promised but failed to accomplish in his first 100 days.

Childhood Obesity & Reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act

Elizabeth Rigby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elizabeth Rigby

Op-ed cross-posted Houston Chronicle Rachel Kimbro & Elizabeth Rigby March 5, 2010 In a series of high-profile events over the past few weeks, firs...

Action Needed to Better Enforce Humane Slaughter Act

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

The star witness at yesterday's Congressional hearing before the House Oversight Committee's Domestic Policy Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Dennis Kuci...

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.

Securing Our Future Through Our Children's Health

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sec. Tom Vilsack

The president has identified three key strategies to build a lasting prosperity: innovation, investment, and education. All three strategies require the next generation to be healthy.

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.

Stimulus Opponents Privately Beg For Government Cash

Washington Times | Jim McElhatton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Christopher S. Bond regularly railed against President Obama's economic stimulus plan as irresponsible spending that would drive up the national ...

Fight Childhood Obesity By Supporting Public School Nutrition Reform

Sarah Newman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sarah Newman

Kids have gotten bigger recently. In fact, according to the CDC, obesity rates have tripled in the past 30 years with nearly 20 percent of children aged 6-11 and 18 percent for those aged 12-19.

Message to President Obama: Why Trade Will Not Save Rural America

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

In Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack's op-ed this week in the Des Moines Register, he recognized that hunger could not be solved by raising product...

Three Reasons for Hope in Copenhagen

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Alexia Parks

The requirement for the U.S. Congress to sign off on any document produced at Copenhagen for it to legally bind us to those agreements, is another reason why I'm hopeful.

Vermont Slaughterhouse Closed For Inhumane Treatment Of Calves

AP | DAVE GRAM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A Vermont slaughterhouse ordered closed Friday after video showed calves kicked, shocked and cut while conscious had its opera...

USDA Allows Meat In Schools that Doesn't Meet Fast Food Chains' Standards

Dave Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Murphy

How is it that the U.S. can put a man on the moon, but can't seem to feed its children school lunches that are no healthier than the food served at McDonald's or Jack in the Box?

Is Obama Ready to Take on Factory Farming?

David Kirby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Kirby

Are animal factories here to stay? Whatever the Obama team decides to do -- or not do -- could have a huge impact on the way we raise food animals in America for decades to come.

Groups Rally To End Tongass Forest Timber Sales

AP | MARY PEMBERTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Nearly a dozen conservation groups are appealing to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to put a stop to two timber sales...