For the past 150 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has provided guidance and support for the nation’s agricultural enterprises. Specifically, the USDA provides needed support to farming and ranching communities, strengthening their economy, as well as initiating protocols ... read more
Today, the Depression-era Dust Bowl is often imagined as a sudden catastrophe, a perfect storm of climatic and economic hardship – but at least one person saw it coming. Hugh Hammond Bennett, “the Father of Soil Conservation,” began working for ... read more
At first glance, the Nov. 6, 2012, defeat of California’s Proposition 37 – officially known as The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act – seems counterintuitive. Prop 37 would have required labeling on raw or processed foods offered ... read more
Prior to his service as U.S. secretary of agriculture from 1995 to 2001, Dan Glickman represented Kansas’ 4th Congressional District in the House of Representatives for 18 years. He also served on the House Agriculture Committee – including six years ... read more
If you’d been in attendance at the East Dallas, Texas, recreation center Feb. 10, 2012, where a special episode of the Bravo channel’s Top Chef was taped – the one in which first lady Michelle Obama appeared with several Dallas ... read more
The United States is a far different country than when Commissioner Isaac Newton took office to promote assistance to farmers 150 years ago. While the number of American farmers has held relatively steady, at just more than 2 million, in ... read more
Edward Thomas “Ed” Schafer was sworn in as the 29th secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Jan. 28, 2008. His background includes serving as a two-term governor of North Dakota as well as extensive private-sector experience as both an ... read more
A one-year extension of the 2008 Farm Bill snaps U.S. farm programs back from the brink of their own fiscal cliff – but the abyss is still in sight.