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

Julie Ann Fineman | Posted 08.18.2014 | 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...

Government Works To Reduce Big Waste

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Americans throw away more than a third of the food they buy – that's almost $400 a year per person, or more than an average month'...

'Green News Report' - May 14, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 07.14.2013 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'...

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...

Horse Slaughterhouse To Open Soon

AP | JERI CLAUSING | Posted 05.02.2013 | Green

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The southern New Mexico plant that has been fighting for more than a year for permission to slaughter horses will open soon, unle...

U.S. Dairy Industry: Leading the Way in Sustainable Innovation

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 06.24.2013 | Business
Sec. Tom Vilsack

U.S. dairy producers are leading the way in productivity and innovation when it comes to sustainable practices. Earlier this afternoon, I joined Innov...

USDA StrikeForce: Expanding Partnerships and Opportunity in Rural Communities

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 05.26.2013 | Politics
Sec. Tom Vilsack

Unfortunately, 90 percent of America's persistent poverty counties are in rural America -- and we can't allow these areas to be left behind. This week, USDA is further expanding a program to partner with rural communities on projects they support to promote economic growth.

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 ...