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  • One Of Hillary’s Top VP Picks Also Destroyed Emails, Used A Secret Account

    07/20/2016 2:58:05 PM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/20/2016 | MICHAEL BASTASCH
    One of the top candidates being considered for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Running mate in 2016 has had some email problems of his own. Tom Vilsack, the former governor of Iowa and President Barack Obama’s current secretary of agriculture, was caught up in a 2004 scandal that resulted in emails being “inadvertently” destroyed. Vilsack partially blamed himself for destroying emails regarding the Iowa Department of Economic Development Foundation. The Des Moines Register had requested the emails. Vilsack’s response to the controversy, rather ironically, mirrored Clinton’s response to her own email scandal: he basically said he was old and...
  • Vilsack stock rises as Clinton nears VP pick

    07/19/2016 10:11:01 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 44 replies
    POLITICO ^ | July 19, 2016 | Gabriel DeBenedetti and Helena Bottemiller Evich
    LAS VEGAS — Fast approaching her final decision on a running mate, Hillary Clinton appears to be looking closely at Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine and Labor Secretary Tom Perez, say multiple people who are in regular contact with her inner circle. But it’s another member of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet whose stock has been steadily and notably rising in recent days, vaulting him into what close Clinton friends call the “top tier": Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
  • Federal Government Looking to Feed Public School Students 3 Meals Per Day Year Round

    09/05/2015 11:31:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 71 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 4, 2015 | 1:48 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Tuesday that his agency is looking for “creative ways” to give public school students access to more meals, including a way to provide them breakfast, lunch and dinner year round. “We have focused on efforts to try to figure out ways in which we can expand in those time periods when youngsters may not have access to school meals,” Vilsack said in remarks at the liberal Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. That includes giving students access to meals “across the school day, across the school year and across the calendar year,” he...
  • School Nutritionists: Participation in School Lunch Program 'Abruptly Down' in 49 States

    06/26/2015 8:10:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | June 25, 2015 | Gabrielle Cintorino
    (CNSNews.com)-- The School Nutrition Association (SNA), which represents 55,000 school nutritionists nationwide, is pointing to data published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to draw awareness to the fact that “after 30 years of steady growth in the National School Lunch Program, student participation is abruptly down in 49 states."The nutritionists attribute the drop to new nutrition standards that were instituted by USDA in 2012.Total national participation in the School Lunch Program peaked in 2010 and 2011 at 31.8 million, according to USDA. In 2012, it was 31.7 million. But in 2013, it dropped by 1 million participants, to 30.7...
  • Ag Secretary Vilsack to announce national conservation work

    05/04/2015 9:31:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 4, 2015 11:32 AM EDT
    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is traveling to Colorado to announce funding for conservation projects in all 50 states. […] The Department of Agriculture says the projects concern water quality, soil health, wildlife habitat and agricultural viability. …
  • Extreme secrecy eroding support for Obama's trade pact (Classified briefings in basement)

    05/04/2015 5:02:27 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    politico.com ^ | 5/4/15 | Edward-Isaac Dovere
    If you want to hear the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the Obama administration is hoping to pass, you’ve got to be a member of Congress, and you’ve got to go to classified briefings and leave your staff and cellphone at the door. If you’re a member who wants to read the text, you’ve got to go to a room in the basement of the Capitol Visitor Center and be handed it one section at a time, watched over as you read, and forced to hand over any notes you make before leaving. And no matter what, you...
  • ACLU lawsuit challenges Iowa’s felon voting rules

    11/08/2014 6:12:03 AM PST · by iowamark · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 7, 2014 | Ryan J. Foley
    The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Friday challenging Iowa’s tough policies that bar felons from voting, seeking to restore the right to thousands of former offenders before the 2016 presidential election. The case aims to end confusion over rules that followed a 2011 policy change by Gov. Terry Branstad and a criminal investigation into people who improperly voted. Iowa is among three states where felons cannot vote after completing their sentences unless their rights are restored by the governor. “The widespread denial of voting rights on the basis of a felony conviction is the single biggest denial of...
  • USDA seeks partnerships to protect soil, water

    05/27/2014 5:56:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 2014 8:47 AM EDT | John Flesher
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is teaming with businesses, nonprofits and others on a five-year, $2.4 billion program that will fund locally designed soil and water conservation projects nationwide, Secretary Tom Vilsack said. Authorized by the new farm law enacted earlier this year, the Regional Conservation Partnership Program is intended to involve the private sector more directly in planning and funding environmental protection initiatives tied to agriculture. Officials provided details of the program to The Associated Press ahead of an announcement scheduled for Tuesday. …
  • Vilsack Won’t Blame Climate Change for Snowy Winter, But ‘Climate Is Changing’

    02/23/2014 3:30:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 20, 2014 - 2:35 PM | Penny Starr
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack did not link this winter’s frigid and snowy weather in much of the country to global warming, but said the “climate is changing” and the federal government wants to help the country’s food producers. At a press conference on Thursday at the United States Agriculture Department’s (USDA) annual Agricultural Outlook Forum, CNSNews.com asked Vilsack if global warming or climate change were to blame for the recent cold and snowy weather. …
  • (Ag Sec Tom) Vilsack: Inner City ‘Minority’ Child ‘Doesn’t Even Know What a Tomato Is’

    02/21/2014 6:05:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 21, 2014 - 4:03 PM | Penny Starr
    At the USDA’s annual Agricultural Outlook Forum on Thursday during a panel discussion about attracting young people to the farming industry, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asked a panelist how she would convince an inner city “minority” child who “doesn’t even know what a tomato is.” “Emily, I want you to envision an inner city child,” Vilsack said to Emily Oakley, interim director of the National Young Farmer Coalition. “Could be African American, could be Hispanic, could be Native American, Asian, whatever, a minority. You’re talking to that child. That child doesn’t even know what a tomato is much less what...
  • Federal Approval Near for Opening of Horse Meat Processing Plant in New Mexico

    05/01/2013 4:31:41 AM PDT · by iowamark · 53 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 30, 2013 | AP
    The southern New Mexico plant that has been fighting for more than a year for permission to slaughter horses will open soon, unless Congress reinstates a ban on the practice, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday. In a telephone interview on Tuesday, Mr. Vilsack said his department was working to make sure the process was handled properly for the opening of what would be the first domestic horse slaughterhouse in six years. “We are going to do this, and I would imagine that it would be done relatively soon,” he said. The Valley Meat Company sued the Department of Agriculture...
  • GOP sees food fight as kids trash USDA fruit, vegetable guidelines

    10/20/2012 4:46:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 19, 2012 | Pete Kasperowicz
    House Republicans say new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines aimed at forcing students to eat fruits and vegetables are a failure because students across the country are simply tossing the healthy fare into the trash. "[T]here remains great concern with the amount of food waste generated at school cafeterias, much of it brought on by requiring students to take fruits and vegetables rather than simply offer them," Reps. John Kline (R-Minn.), Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) and Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) told USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack in a letter sent Thursday. "This is a waste of federal, state and local funds and...
  • USDA mum on details USDA-Mexico food stamp partnership, non-citizen participation in welfare

    10/19/2012 10:53:43 AM PDT · by opentalk · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 19, 2012 | Caroline May
    On the same day that Senate Budget Committee Republicans revealed that spending on federal welfare programs constituted the single largest expenditure in the 2011 budget, the Department of Agriculture failed to meet a key deadline to further explain its food stamp partnership with the Mexican government....(SNAP), or food stamps, which recently reached an all-time high enrollment of nearly 47 million participants. Non-citizen participation in SNAP has quadrupled since 2001 and doubled since 2008.
  • USDA diversity training session included 'illegal immigrants' chant, group claims

    10/04/2012 8:03:09 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 6 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | October 04, 2012 | unattributed
    The U.S. government paid a Chicago consultant hundreds of thousands of dollars to put on diversity training workshops that, according to one watchdog, included an exercise in which employees were told to chant "our forefathers were illegal immigrants." Conservative group Judicial Watch made the claim this week as it released a handful of documents pertaining to the program -- and alleged that the sessions held by the Department of Agriculture ended up enforcing political views more than promoting tolerance. "Instead of being diversity-oriented or tolerance-oriented, it's more about adopting a mindset," said Lisette Garcia, a senior investigator with the group....
  • U.S. must 'hustle' to reach 36 billion gallons of biofuels by 2022, ag secretary says

    03/12/2012 6:34:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | March12, 2012 | by Cory Nealon
    The United States can meet President Barack Obama's goal of producing 36 billion gallons of biofuels by 2022, but it better get moving. That's according to Tom Vilsack, secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. According to a 2010 Agriculture Department report, the agency plans for the U.S. to produce 13.4 billion gallons of biofuels from grasses and sugars. The rest would come from oil seeds, crop residues and wood waste. The EPA is exploring other sources, such as animal fats, municipal solid waste and algae. The push for more biofuels comes as other industries, such as commercial power companies,...
  • Sherrod firing: Emails Reveal White House Role

    03/08/2012 8:56:09 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 10 replies
    AP ^ | March 8, 2012 | Mary Clare Jalonick
    White House officials were in close contact with the Agriculture Department in the hours leading up to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's decision to fire USDA employee Shirley Sherrod in 2010, according to nearly 2,000 pages of internal emails released by the administration.
  • USDA Secretary: We Must ‘Create Appropriate Transition’ for What Americans Eat

    09/20/2011 5:28:49 PM PDT · by Freedom56v2 · 139 replies · 1+ views
    CNS News ^ | 9/20/11 | Penny Starr
    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told members of the National Restaurant Association on Monday that Americans need to “adjust” their tastes so that they like the kind of food the government believes they should eat—and “we have to make sure that what we do is create the appropriate transition.”
  • Federal Officials Reject City’s Plan to Ban Food Stamps for Soda [Bloomberg’s diabetes epidemic]

    08/19/2011 7:08:33 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 48 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 19, 2011 | By PATRICK MCGEEHAN
    Federal officials on Friday rejected Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s proposal to bar New York City’s food stamp users from buying soda and other sugary drinks with their benefits. (...) Tom Vilsack, the secretary of agriculture, said in a statement that the United States Department of Agriculture “has a longstanding tradition of supporting and promoting incentive-based solutions that are better suited for the working families, elderly and other low-income individuals” who rely on food stamps. “We are confident that we can solve the problem of obesity and promote good nutrition and health for all Americans and stand ready to work with...
  • VIDEO: Obama Ag Secretary: More People On Food Stamps Means More Jobs

    08/16/2011 12:13:49 PM PDT · by blog.Eyeblast.tv · 21 replies
    Tom Vilsack, President Obama's Secretary of Agriculture, appeared on MSNBC and said that foodstamps are putting people to work and are acting as an 'economic stimulus'. Vilsack said: "Well, obviously, it's putting people to work. Which is why we're going to have some interesting things in the course of the forum this morning. Later this morning, we're going have a press conference with Secretary Mavis and Secretary Chu to announce something that's never happened in this country -- something that we think is exciting in terms of job growth. I should point out, when you talk about the SNAP program...
  • Obama to create White House Rural Council

    06/08/2011 6:10:06 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 101 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 8, 2011 | DARLENE SUPERVILLE
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama plans to create a special advisory council to recommend ways to boost the economic outlook and quality of life for the estimated 60 million people who live in rural areas of the U.S., a White House official said. Obama was expected to sign an executive order Thursday establishing the White House Rural Council and naming Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, of Iowa, to be its chairman.