Vilsack: Seniors Are Often Overlooked In SNAP Conversations

One segment of the population that is typically overlooked with it comes to SNAP is senior citizens. “We need to make sure we address the challenges with seniors,” said Ag Secretary, Tom Vilsack, at a recent anti-hunger conference. “I think some seniors believe that SNAP is a welfare program; it’s not. It’s a program that […]

Vilsack Addresses Child Hunger Support

What are some of the ways that rural child hunger is being addressed through recent legislation and existing USDA programs? “An increase in the SNAP benefit. We now have over a million Americans that are using the SNAP benefit online because they are having a difficult time maybe accessing a grocery store, now they have […]

Maintaining SNAP Benefits A Priority For USDA, Vilsack Says

One of the priorities of the USDA under the Biden Administration, according to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack is to maintain the current increased SNAP benefits. “I think it’s fair to say that the SNAP benefit is, in many cases, not adequate enough to provide the help and assistance that is needed,” Vilsack noted. “So the […]

Scott: Farmers Need To Be Able To Farm

Many in the farming community say, yes, America has plenty of food to feed its hungry, but producing it isn’t cheap. And as producer margins narrow, farm leaders worry the cost of production could become too much for many small operators to bear. During a House Ag hearing on food insecurity last week, Georgia Representative […]

Ag Community Looks At Feeding The World Now, And Into The Future

World Food Program Executive Director, David Beasley, said when it comes to feeding the world’s  population in 2021, he believes with issues such as conflict, climate change, and COVID-19, the farm community is facing an unprecedented crisis for the year head. “2021 is going to be make or break for a lot of people around […]

COVID-19 Assistance Package Includes Provisions For Rural America

House and Senate Ag Democrats have agreed on budget instructions for the farm, food and rural part of the party’s massive COVID-19 relief bill, which party leaders hope will pass in the next few weeks. There’s $3.6 billion to strengthen the food supply chain and feed the hungry. “Many essential food workers were on the […]

Newhouse: I Will Continue To Push Ag Committee To Help Farmers, Producers

With Democrats controlling the House and Senate, the priorities of the respective Ag committees have changed compared to sessions past. More of a focus are climate change, racial equality, and hunger programs in more urbanized areas. Dan Newhouse, chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus, said while he plans to work with the majority party to […]

Beef Counts Celebrates 10 Years Of Helping Washingtonians In Need

It’s been ten years since Washington’s beef community began Beef Counts, the beef community’s effort to help fight hunger across the Pacific Northwest. Branden Spencer, a 4th-generation farmers in the Ritzville area said it’s important that Washingtonians see that those who work in the beef supply chain want to help their neighbors in their time […]

Farmers to Families Food Box Program Renewed

Earlier this week, the USDA announced the continuation of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said USDA will purchase an additional $1.5 billion worth of food nationwide through the fifth round of the program. Set to expire at the end of 2020, the recent coronavirus aid package provided more funding […]

Despite Pandemic Barrel Full Of Money Records Record Year

The 10th annual Barrel Full of Money fundraiser was another success this year. Despite the challenges due to the pandemic, near 50 Walla Walla Valley wineries, area businesses and non-profit groups teamed up to raise $64,737.47 to help the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank. “Generous support from the wine community, local businesses and individuals […]