Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told delegates to the Democratic convention on Sept. 5 that President Obama has done a lot to help farmers and rural America, but that there is more to do in a second term.
Jerry Hagstrom, Special to Agweek
September 10, 2012
President Barack Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Feb. 13 released a proposed fiscal year 2013 Agriculture Department budget that would eliminate the direct payment program and cut crop insurance but reinstate permanent disaster programs and increase competitive grants for agricultural research.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The crop insurance industry reacted negatively to President Barack Obama’s proposed budget that includes cuts to crop insurance programs while the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, which could be considered at the opposite end of the political spectrum, found the proposal dull.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s announcement in St. Paul, Minn., on Jan. 17 that the Obama administration had reached agreement with the state of Minnesota to help farmers try to achieve regulatory “certainty” on water issues was part of a two-day tour that appeared intended to bolster the administration’s standing in the rural Midwest as President Obama seeks re-election.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s proposal to reorganize six agencies that promote business and trade and possibly reorganize food safety agencies has not been well received in agriculture or consumer advocacy circles.
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will continue to advise the Agriculture Department on the USDA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s rewrite of the rule governing the Packers and Stockyards Act, outgoing Assistant Attorney General Christine Varney said July 12.
If history and the political lineup are any guides, President Barack Obama's latest effort to cut subsidies for wealthy farmers likely will fare no better than his first try — or his predecessor's attempt.
A three-year freeze in spending on many domestic programs, which President Barack Obama is expected to call for when he delivers his first State of the Union message to Congress on Wednesday, likely would have little effect on commodity subsidies and other major farm programs, Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said.
By Chuck Haga, Grand Forks Herald
January 26, 2010
It was late Friday when the House passed legislation that would, for the first time, require limits on pollution blamed for global warming — mainly carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels. Now the Senate has the chance to change the way Americans produce and use energy.
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