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President Donald J. Trump

Food Safety Caucus urges Trump to name Under Secretary

Ten Democrats who are members of the Congressional Food Safety Caucus are asking President Donald J. Trump and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to get someone named as USDA’s Under Secretary for Food Safety. “The position of Under Secretary for Food Safety has now entered its fifth year of vacancy, making it one of the… Continue Reading

After the Secretary, USDA’s 4 most important jobs remain vacant

The United States of America is 400 days into President Donald J. Trump’s administration, yet four top USDA jobs remain vacant. The vacant positions aren’t what you call insignificant. After the Secretary of Agriculture, they are likely the most important jobs at USDA, especially when it comes to delivery of USDA programs. They include: The… Continue Reading

It gives only a little, but Trump budget takes nothing way from food safety programs

In the fiscal year 2019 budget that sets out to cut domestic programs by almost $700 billion over 10 years, federal food safety has not only escaped the knife but made some small gains. President Donald J. Trump’s $1.1 trillion discretionary budget proposal adds $9.4 billion to the Department of Health and Human Services, the… Continue Reading

Trump releases former Agriprocessors executive from prison

The medium-security federal prison at Otisville, NY freed 58-year old Sholom Rubashkin Wednesday because President Donald J. Trump commuted the remaining 20 years of his sentence. Rubashkin won his freedom because of an impressive campaign dating back to 2012 after an appellate court decided to let a 27-year sentence stand on the first-time, non-violent offender…. Continue Reading

USDA delays Obama’s organic livestock standards for review

File comments at regulations.gov after USDA/AMS posts notice today in the Federal Register

The USDA is today publishing a notice in the Federal Register to further delay and reconsider new mandates for handling and transporting livestock and providing avian “living conditions” for poultry raised as organic food. Without the action, the new requirements under the National Organic Program would have taken effect today. Meat and poultry products labeled as… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Clovis likely to stay as Perdue’s wingman

Opinion

In my Top 10 list of favorite movies is “Casino,” released in 1995 by director Martin Scorsese. One of the reasons I like it is the stars played the roles of real people and the scriptwriters adhered as much as could to the real story. Robert De Niro is the main character as Sam “Ace”… Continue Reading

President Trump likely to sign popular agro-terrorism bill

President Donald J. Trump is shortly expected to sign H.R. 1238, also called the “Securing our Agriculture and Food Act,” to coordinate efforts to defend U.S. food, agriculture and veterinary systems against terrorism. Congress sent the bill to the White House for the President’s consideration on June 27. The bill amends the Homeland Security Act of… Continue Reading

Domestic – to – defense spending shift may spare food safety

It does not appear that any of the $54 billion President Trump wants to shift to defense from domestic programs  will be coming from food safety. The “America First” document released by the White House in fact claims the President’s 2018 Budget “Safeguards the Nation’s supply of meat, poultry, and egg products by fully funding… Continue Reading