Vilsack Ag Community Must Be Prepared For Cyberattacks

Ransomware attacks have become a part of everyday life, for small business and large businesses alike, and that includes major Ag and food interests like JBS. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack warns that Agriculture must be prepared. JBS reportedly paid $11 million in ransom to hackers, just weeks after Colonial Pipeline paid $4 million. President Biden […]

USDA Announces Additional Aid for Producers and Business

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week additional aid intended for agricultural producers and businesses as part of the USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers Initiative. Earlier this year, the secretary announced plans to use available pandemic assistance funds to address a number of gaps and disparities in previous rounds of aid. As part of the […]

USDA Working To Make Livestock Market “More Fair”

Back to 2011, as Ag Secretary, Tom Vilsack said. “Livestock and poultry marketplaces now only become more concentrated they’ve become vertically integrated and with that there is the risk of folks being treated unfairly” And so he announced rules to correct that. The Trump administration nixed those rules, and worked on crafting its own. Now […]

Bronaugh: I Will Speak Up When It Comes To WOTUS

USDA will have inputs in federal efforts that affect agricultural producers. “When you’re talking about issues like Waters Of The US [WOTUS] we want to make sure at all times when decisions are made by partnering agencies that could adversely affect our farmers and ranchers that we want to be at the table and we […]

Vilsack Discusses What It Will Take To Strengthen The Food Supply Chain

The USDA announced recently plant to invest $4 billion to strengthen critical supply chains.  “Historically we’ve had a very efficient system, but efficiency comes at a price. And that price is a lack of resilience when you have a major disruption,” said Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack. “What we’re learning and what we’ll have to learn […]

Vilsack No Better Place To Invest Than Rural America

During the recent annual Select USA Investment Summit, Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack made his pitch for business and job investment in rural America. “I believe that there is no better place to invest than in rural America; and in businesses that support and are associated with agriculture, renewable energy, and food systems.” Vlisack pointed to […]

USDA to Invest $4 Billion to Strengthen Food Systems

The Department of Agriculture announced this week plans to invest more than $4 billion to strengthen critical supply chains through the Build Back Better initiative. The USDA said the funding stems from lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and recent supply chain disruptions. The new effort will strengthen the food system, create new market opportunities, […]

Farm Bureaus: The Southern Border Must Be Addressed

The American Farm Bureau Federation recently joined all 50 state Farm Bureaus and Puerto Rico Farm Bureau in sending a letter urging the Biden administration to address the surge of undocumented immigrants entering the United States. The letter went to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland as well as Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro […]

White House Task Force to Examine Supply Chain Disruptions

On Tuesday, the White House announced a task force focused on short-term supply chain disruptions. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was named co-chair of the task force, along with the Secretaries of Commerce and Transportation. The Department of Agriculture said the task force will convene stakeholders to diagnose problems and find solutions that could help alleviate […]

MyPlate Marks 10 Years

On June 2nd, the MyPlate Nutrition Guidance celebrated a big milestone, hitting the ten year mark. MyPlate is an extension of USDA and the Health and Human Service Department’s recommended dietary guidelines  for Americans.Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said MyPlate was born out of need to improve consumer understanding about diets and nutrition. “MyPlate, I think, […]