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Secretary of Agriculture choice not as difficult as farm policy


When the bitter cold began spreading over rural America last month, the parlor guessing game around many a wood stove was guessing who President-elect Donald J. Trump would name as secretary of agriculture. But the time for that game has passed. The past three presidents all named their ag bosses by the end of the… Continue Reading

Food for Thought: Q & A with Susan Schneider

Susan Schneider is the Director of the LL.M. Program in Agricultural and Food Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Farmers Legal Action Group, Inc. and past president of the American Agricultural Law Association. Her private practice experience includes agricultural law work with… Continue Reading

Food and Ag Leaders to Launch National Food Policy Scorecard

The Environmental Working Group announced on Thursday that a group of food and agriculture policy leaders are forming a new nonprofit that “for the first time will hold lawmakers in Congress accountable” for important votes that impact food and agriculture policy. According to EWG, the new group will track congressional votes on a broad range… Continue Reading

Health Advocates: Science on Antibiotic Resistance Is Clear

Citing an increased incidence of foodborne illness outbreaks caused by antibiotic-resistant pathogens, public health advocates are again ratcheting up pressure on Congress to limit routine, subtherapeutic antibiotic use in agriculture. At back to back briefings on Capitol Hill late last week, the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Center for a Livable… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Ag-Gag

Ignite a fire at a mountain-top restaurant, blow up a commercial radio tower, steal or turn livestock loose–even those mean little minks–and I am all for hunting down the perpetrators, arresting, charging and convicting them with multiple crimes already on the books. State and federal laws already adequately cover property crimes like those committed by… Continue Reading

Senate Potato Bloc Finds Way Around USDA

The question of how many spuds will be served in school lunches has been thrown to the U.S. House of Representatives by potato state Senators Mark Udall, D-CO, and Susan Collins, R-ME. Udall and Collins managed to attach an amendment to an agriculture appropriations bill that prevents the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from setting… Continue Reading

A Rose by Any Other Name: The Food ‘Dialogues’

“O, be some other name! What’s in a name?  That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”  – Romeo and Juliet On Sept. 22 the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) hosted four “Food Dialogues” in major agricultural production and policy areas to, in their own words, answer consumers’… Continue Reading