Tag: Tom Vilsack

Central Valley aqueducts (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)

When Water Policy Kills Farming, Consumers Will Pay the Price

When you open your pantry or refrigerator, what do you see? Tomatoes, oranges, lettuce; grains and nuts; chicken and beef; butter, milk, cheese and other dairy products, and yes … almonds – it’s very likely you are looking at products from the Central Valley, most likely grown in the Westlands Water District.

New Emails Show White House Role in Shirley Sherrod Ouster

New Emails Show White House Role in Shirley Sherrod Ouster

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 2010 email from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says his department was “waiting for the go-ahead” from the White House before accepting the resignation of employee Shirley Sherrod, according to newly released documents, despite Obama administration assertions

Obama's USDA to Spend $31.5 Million on 'Healthy' Food Stamp Program

Obama's USDA to Spend $31.5 Million on 'Healthy' Food Stamp Program

The Department of Agriculture, the agency that administers the food stamp program, has announced that it will spend $31.5 million on a new program that will promote a healthy diet for recipients of the assistance. The National Institute of Food

Democrats' Battle Against Sea World Moves to Congress

Democrats' Battle Against Sea World Moves to Congress

A Blackfish bill was tabled by the California legislature earlier this year, and now the film’s controversial accusations against Sea World are rippling through Congress. Two members of Congress have gathered 40 signatures calling on the USDA to renew research

National Journal: 'White House Is Exhausted'

National Journal: 'White House Is Exhausted'

Day 1,956 of his presidency was not too kind to President Obama. Having to announce within a four-hour span that he had lost both an embattled Cabinet secretary and his chief spokesman, Obama looked Friday like a man gamely trying

Obama Administration Presses on Firefighting Funds

Obama Administration Presses on Firefighting Funds

DENVER (AP) — The Obama administration is pushing Congress to ensure that enough money is available to fight destructive wildfires as California recovers from a spate of blazes and other fire-prone states brace for another hot, dry summer. As part

EU Tries to Ban Cheese Names Outside of Europe

EU Tries to Ban Cheese Names Outside of Europe

The EU is attempting to ban American companies from using the names of European cheeses to describe their own products. As part of ongoing trade negotiations between the European Union and United States, the EU has requested that only cheeses

Agriculture Department: No More White Potatoes, No More French Fries

Agriculture Department: No More White Potatoes, No More French Fries

It’s a heavyweight fight between the Agriculture Department and Congress over a major dietary issue: white potatoes. The Agriculture Department, advised by the Institute of Medicine, wants to prevent participants in the federal Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program from

Omnibus Spending Bill Continues Funding Food Stamp Ads in Mexico

Omnibus Spending Bill Continues Funding Food Stamp Ads in Mexico

The omnibus spending bill before Congress continues to fund U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) advertising programs for food stamps in foreign countries like Mexico, Breitbart News has learned. The bill was hashed out between House Appropriations Committee chairman Rep. Hal Rogers

Obama Ethanol Policy Eroding Conserved Lands

Obama Ethanol Policy Eroding Conserved Lands

Doug Davenport, a Department of Agriculture official, is a true believer in the conservation of America’s land. When Davenport told the Associated Press he was deeply concerned about the havoc ethanol production was causing to these lands, he got an email from

Animal Rights Activists Hijacking USDA

Animal Rights Activists Hijacking USDA

For most Americans, contact with the United States Department of Agriculture is rare, save for reading the occasional sticker on a package of ground chuck or baby carrots.  For farmers and animal breeders, the USDA is an ever-present and often

USDA Slashes Food for Women, Children, Subsidizes Wineries Instead

USDA Slashes Food for Women, Children, Subsidizes Wineries Instead

On Wednesday, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) of the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs penned a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack pointing out waste and abuse within the department that could be cut in order to pay

80% of Nearly $1 Trillion Farm Bill Goes to Food Stamps

80% of Nearly $1 Trillion Farm Bill Goes to Food Stamps

Roughly 80% of the Senate’s $955 billion farm bill, which is expected to pass this week, will go to bankroll food stamps over the next ten years. “The trillion-dollar farm and food stamp bill should not be called the ‘Farm

Under Pressure, Pigford Lawyers Hire Lobbyists

Under Pressure, Pigford Lawyers Hire Lobbyists

With increased scrutiny of fraud allegations in the Pigford farmers’ settlements, the lead Pigford co-counsel has enlisted the help of two lobbying firms. One of the lobbyists listed is Phil Fraas, an attorney who has been deeply involved in creating

USDA Outreach: Spending Your Tax Dollars To Advertise Giving Them Away

USDA Outreach: Spending Your Tax Dollars To Advertise Giving Them Away

Faithful Breitbart News readers know the Pigford “black farmer settlement” story by now. Billions in claims were paid to people who never farmed a day in their lives.  The Pigford reparations payoff scheme was just the beginning, however. Even though

No White House Tour? How About a Gov't Wine Tasting?

No White House Tour? How About a Gov't Wine Tasting?

In the next few days, the Obama Administration will cancel self-guided tours of the White House. The cancellation comes in the wake of the White House having to trim around $600,000 from its annual budget. If anyone on the West

Steve King Smacks Down Agriculture Sec Over Sequester

Steve King Smacks Down Agriculture Sec Over Sequester

Congressman Steve King asked Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to explain how he could keep meat inspectors fully employed while functioning inside the new budget cut in spending growth. Vilsack said that the only option was more funds. King rejected

USDA Email: Don't Contradict Us on Sequester's Impact

The USDA contains a department called the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service whose role is to protect the nation’s agriculture from pests and disease. Like everyone else, their budget is being cut by the sequester. Yesterday a regional manager

Report: USDA 'Cultural Sensitivity Training' Videos

Report: USDA 'Cultural Sensitivity Training' Videos

Hold on to your hat.  Because the video we just obtained from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will knock it off. The video, which we obtained pursuant to a May 18, 2012, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request,

New Data Prove Obama Defying Immigration Laws

New Data Prove Obama Defying Immigration Laws

Federal law specifically states that any alien granted entry into the United States must be financially self-sufficient so as not to become a “public charge” dependent on welfare. But new data from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reveals that

Obama on 'Meet the Press': Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Obama on 'Meet the Press': Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

(AP) Guest lineups for the Sunday news showsWASHINGTONGuest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: NBC’s “Meet the Press” _ President Barack Obama. ___ ABC’s “This Week” _ Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.; Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz. ___ ___ CBS’ “Face

'Milk Cliff' Could Make Prices $8 Per Gallon

'Milk Cliff' Could Make Prices $8 Per Gallon

If Congress fails to pass the Farm Bill before January 1st, milk prices could rise to $8 a gallon. America could go over the “milk cliff” because of an arcane 1949 provision that could more than double the price of

Obama's Reelection Signals Expansion of Pigford Payouts

Obama's Reelection Signals Expansion of Pigford Payouts

Among the many reasons to oppose the reelection of Pres. Barack Obama was his sponsorship and expansion of USDA settlements, including the fraud-filled Pigford settlement that many Breitbart News readers are aware of.  These “farmer settlements” were supposedly for past

Iowa Agriculture Groups Favor King to Vilsack 60-0

Iowa Agriculture Groups Favor King to Vilsack 60-0

In the race for Iowa’s heavily rural, agriculture 4th Congressional District, Democrat’s Christie Vilsack appears to have zero endorsements from agriculture groups while incumbent Republican Steve King has the support of sixty groups.  Iowa is called the “Food Capital of

Kudlow: Is Obama Buying the Election with Welfare?

Kudlow: Is Obama Buying the Election with Welfare?

CNBC’s Larry Kudlow is asking publicly what many voters have pondered privately: is President Barack Obama exploding welfare to buy votes? The facts Kudlow cites are alarming:  According to Jeff Sessions, the rankingRepublican on the Senate Budget Committee, means-tested welfare

Eric Holder Needs to Account for His Role in Farm Settlement Fraud

Eric Holder Needs to Account for His Role in Farm Settlement Fraud

With Romney and Ryan both calling on Obama Attorney General Eric Holder to resign amid new revelations about operation Fast & Furious, it’s important to also keep in mind Eric Holder’s key role in a multi-billion dollar fraud scheme that

Obama School Lunch Standards: Spartan Rationing, Tossed Leftovers

Obama School Lunch Standards: Spartan Rationing, Tossed Leftovers

MONTANA – The new school year is only a few weeks old, but it’s already becoming clear that the federal government’s new school lunch guidelines are about as popular as the NFL’s replacement referees. After EAGnews.org published a recent article