Vilsack: SNAP Benefits Economy, As Well As Those In Need

Ag Secretary, Tom Vilsack, recently noted the impact of SNAP, is more than just helping to feed people. “For every dollar that we spend in SNAP, we generate economic activity” Vilsack compared the numbers to figures from when he served as USDA head during the Obama Administration. “Way back when, when I was Secretary, it […]

Pandemic Has Stressed The Importance Of SNAP, Vilsack Says

It should come as no surprifce, SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] has been under the spotlight a lot during the pandemic. “I think it’s fair to say that the SNAP benefit is many cases not adequate enough to provide the help and assistance that is needed,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack noted during a recent anti-hunger […]

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 […]

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 […]

Vilsack: Rural America Will Benefit from American Rescue Plan

Last week, Congress approved the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, in an effort to help the American economy move past the pandemic. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was excited when President Biden signed the Plan into law. He recently pointed out that the farming community will benefit in a variety of ways. “That plan also provides […]

Baldwin Lays Out Ag Appropriation Priorities

Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin will serve as the Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture during this Congress. She said one of her top goals is helping the farming community recover from COVID-19. “There were a lot of underlying challenges to dairy and agriculture prior to the pandemic but the pandemic, as we know, wreaks […]

How Would Biden’s Proposal Benefit The Ag Industry?

President-elect Joe Biden rolled out a nearly $2 trillion COVID-19 relief plan last week, which he said would boost nutrition help for struggling families and aid to restaurants. The “American Rescue Plan” will be the new president’s first legislative priority after he’s sworn in on Wednesday and the first test of his ability to advance […]

Final Rule On Employment Programs For Those Using SNAP Benefits Released

The USDA is out with its final rule on employment and training programs for SNAP recipients. The USDA’s Brandon Lipps said the changes are aimed at working with states to enhance support services for beneficiaries, returning to the workforce. He noted when the rule was first proposed in March, employment and training efforts would have […]

NFU: More Needs To Be Done This Holiday Season To Help Farmers

According to National Farmers Union’s most recent “The Farmer’s Share”, for every dollar Americans spend on their Thanksgiving dinner this year, farmers and ranchers will earn approximately 11.9 cents. That marks a slight year-over-year decline, when farmers made roughly 12.15 cents of the Thanksgiving food dollar. Rob Larew, President of the NFU, said between those low prices […]

Farmers Bracing for More Scrutiny Under Biden?

Bloomberg says American agriculture is likely bracing for more scrutiny of its practices under a Joe Biden administration. Agriculture would potentially see more regulation of everything from environmental protections to workplace safety, a stark contrast from the anti-regulatory Trump administration. The key question will be how much pressure Ag will face as Democrats are divided […]