Vilsack Announces New 10 Year Strategy to Confront the Wildfire Crisis

On Tuesday the Department of Agriculture announced a comprehensive response to the nation’s growing wildfire crisis. The effort is called “Confronting the Wildfire Crisis: A Strategy for Protecting Communities and Improving Resilience in America’s Forests.” The strategy outlines the need to significantly increase fuels and forest health treatments to address the escalating crisis of wildfire […]

USDA Invests $9M to Expand Climate-Smart Efforts

On Wednesday, the USDA announced a $9 million investment in new Cooperative Extension and USDA Climate Hubs partnerships. The investment seeks to bolster climate research and connect and share climate-smart solutions directly with the agricultural community.  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the partnerships “will strengthen climate research efforts and accelerate the development, adoption and application […]

Biden, Vilsack Reassure Farm Bureau Members

President Biden and Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack are trying to reassure American Farm Bureau members that the administration has their back. During a short video at this week’s annual meeting in Atlanta, President Biden assured the mostly Republican-leaning members that America needs farmers “three times a day.” Biden also pointed out that farmers deserve affordable […]

USDA Funding Will Continue to Support School Meals

Last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the agency made an adjustment in school meal reimbursements to help schools continue to serve children healthy meals. The move will add an estimated $750 million more into school meal programs across the nation. The goal is to make sure that federal reimbursements keep pace with food […]

Vilsack: Competition Must Be Addressed In Meat Packing Conversation

The lack of competition in the meat packing sector does limits many livestock producers to only one potential buyer, which can mean lower prices at the time of sale. But at last week’s White House meeting working to address this problem, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the damage could be much broader in scope. Creating, […]

Vilsack Reacts To TRQ’s Ruling

The USMCA dispute settlement panel recently ruled against Canada’s application of tariff rate quotas on dairy products. “There were 14 different tariff rate quotas which are agreements by Canada to allow certain volumes of types of dairy products; milk, creams, skim milk powder, butter, etc., indicated up to a certain level,” said Agricultural Secretary Tom […]

Administration Announces Meat Supply Chain Action Plan

President Joe Biden and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met with farmers and ranchers at the White House Monday to announce a meat supply chain action plan. The plan includes four core strategies for creating what the Administration calls a more competitive, fair, resilient meat and poultry sector, with better earnings for producers and more choices […]

USDA Seeks Nominations for Membership on Food Safety Advisory Committee

The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is soliciting nominations for membership to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection. USDA expects to appoint committee members in 2022. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said, “attracting and appointing individuals from diverse perspectives and expertise to serve on [the committee] will be essential to […]

USDA Looks To Help School Districts Provide Meals

Those who provide school meals to students nationwide are reporting troubles doing their job. From food that’s not available to prices that are much higher than anticipated, busting the budgets of school districts. “…and it’s necessary for the Department of Agriculture to learn about these experiences and be able to respond accordingly,” noted Agriculture Secretary, […]

DOT, USDA Want Better Shipping Service for Agriculture

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack are asking the world’s leading ocean carriers to get rid of disruptions U.S. farmers are facing when trying to ship their products overseas. They say they want relief for the supply chain disruptions created by COVID-19 by restoring reciprocal treatment of imports and exports and improving […]