Today’s USDA


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

USDA: Looking Ahead

Community / Policy

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

The Year Without a Farm Bill


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.