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Tom Vilsack Agriculture Secretary

Republican Makes Big Push To Restore Federal Payments

AP | BEN NEARY | Posted 07.14.2013 | Politics

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A Wyoming congresswoman is sponsoring legislation that would restore $110 million in federal mineral royalty payments to 35 sta...

Federal Government Nation's Biggest Creator of Low-Wage Jobs: Time for Obama to Act

Mike Lux | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

President Obama has waited too long. The president could help those 2,000,000 low-wage workers working for government contractors with an executive order, and for over four years now, he has refused to act.

How Sequester Will Affect Our Meat

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 03.05.2013 | Business

Of all the possible consequences of the U.S. budget sequestration that popped up in the media before Friday's deadline, few provoked as much fear and ...

GOP Bill Moves To Repeal USDA Calorie Limits On School Lunches

Posted 09.19.2012 | Education

As the new school year begins, fresh school lunch regulations are in effect to encourage healthy eating. But not everyone's pleased. While students fr...

First Lady and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack "Do Lunch" Right!

Phil Lempert | Posted 03.26.2012 | Home
Phil Lempert

The new rule includes provisions that will also regulate all foods sold in schools, including in vending machines. This announcement may just move The First Lady's goal of reducing obesity in a generation a step closer to reality.

Tom Vilsack Offered To Resign Over Shirley Sherrod Debacle

Politico | Roger Simon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

...In a 75-minute, exclusive interview Tuesday, [Agriculture Secretary Tom] Vilsack told me about his initial suspension of Shirley Sherrod and his su...

Does Anyone Remember That Tom Vilsack Ran for President in 2008?

Carol Felsenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Felsenthal

Before Monday, when he fired USDA bureaucrat Shirley Sherrod and then had to beg her to return, not that many people had ever heard of Tom Vilsack, a former governor of Iowa.

President Obama Do the Right Thing, Order the Reinstatement of Shirley Sherrod

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The White House should not be bullied, intimidated, badgered, and ultimately hit the panic and appeasement button every time the bogus shout is made that the administration is tilting toward minorities.

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...

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.

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...

You and I Call It Hunger; USDA Calls It Food Insecurity

David Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
David Becker

A USDA report released Monday found the highest rate of food insecurity in 13 years. Almost one in six American households, or 17 million households, are food insecure.

Growing Businesses in African Soil

Dan Silverstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Silverstein

It's in our own self-interest to jump start agricultural development with the goal of creating markets for ourselves.

Putting the Keystone Back on Our Wildlands Legacy

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

Vilsack acknowledged for the first time that climate change and fragmentation are a serious threat to the health of our forests.

Sorry, Congress: Change Can't Wait

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

It clear that the Obama administration doesn't intend to let business as usual at the Forest Service threaten our remaining pristine public forests.

Aw, Nuts: The FDA Pistachio Scare Nightmare

Warren Holstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Warren Holstein

It seems that the FDA done did it again! Or didn't do it... what they're supposed be doing, that is, mainly regulate and prevent widespread contamination of our food supply from harmful microbes and bacteria.

Lincolnesque Vision Needed for USDA People's Gardens

Rose Hayden-Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rose Hayden-Smith

As a result of Lincoln's vision, a national department of agriculture was formed. Now, the USDA should lead the way in reviving a national gardening effort now. And we should all answer the call to service by participating.

Change We Can Believe In, or a Second Helping of the Same-Old?

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

I hate to put a damper on your inaugural enthusiasm, but the time to act is now if we hope to at least have someone with an interest in building a better food system at the table.

California Leadin'

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Pacelle

There are problems with animal agriculture that still need attention, including painful mutilation of animals without anesthesia, the rampant use of antibiotics on factory farms, and waste generated by these operations.

Montana Food Efforts a Good Model for Hard Times

Rose Hayden-Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rose Hayden-Smith

Local food systems -- including farm-to-institution programs -- can mean real money for local farmers, local food processors and local/state economies.

Obama's Choice of Vilsack: AgriBusiness as Usual at USDA?

Andrew Kimbrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Kimbrell

Today, the lukewarm reception Vilsack initially received has turned into real heat as the Obama transition team finds itself in the fire over the former Governor's appointment.

Maybe Vilsack Won't Suck?

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kerry Trueman

I honestly don't know what to make of the Vilsack nomination, so I asked Denise O'Brien, the organic farmer who ran for Iowa's Secretary of Agriculture in 2006, to share her invaluable Iowan insights.

Ethanol and Water

Robert Glennon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert Glennon

In the case of corn, it takes 2,500 gallons of water to grow enough corn to produce 1 gallon of ethanol. That's right, 2,500 gallons.

Ethanol: Vilsack, Agriculture Secretary Pick, Is Staunch Biofuel Supporter

New York Times | JEFF ZELENY and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

food assistance in the wake of the economic turmoil. Both Mr. Obama and Mr. Vilsack are regarded as staunch advocates of ethanol and other bio-fuel...

Tom Vilsack : Secretary Of Agriculture

AP | MIKE GLOVER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

DES MOINES, Iowa — President-elect Barack Obama has selected former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack to become his agriculture secretary, according to Demo...