The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a new proposed rule Thursday designed to strengthen school breakfast and lunch nutrition standards -- part of the Obama administration's attempt to crack down on an epidemic of childhood obesity.
Global weather disruptions have boosted food prices this fall, but one thing that hasn't changed is the annual migration of workers to farms. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says that between 50% and 60% of the food Americans eat has been handled by immigrants (legal or not). Here are some key facts about the migrant economy.
A former Agriculture Department employee who was forced to resign last month, then received an apology and a job offer she turned down, said Wednesday she hopes to continue to work on the issue of race relations in America.
Shirley Sherrod, who received an apology after being forced to resign from the Agriculture Department in July, declined an offer Tuesday to serve as the agency's deputy director of the Office of Advocacy and Outreach.
Shirley Sherrod, who received an apology after being forced to resign from the Agriculture Department, will meet Tuesday with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to discuss a job offer, a department official confirmed Saturday.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday he apologized to Shirley Sherrod for forcing her to resign from her government job in Georgia based on incomplete and misleading reports of a speech she gave.
White House aides said Wednesday they do not expect President Barack Obama to call Shirley Sherrod, the black former USDA employee who resigned after a video clip of her discussing a white farmer surfaced earlier this week.
While officials say the White House didn't ask for Shirley Sherrod's resignation, the former black Agriculture Department employee insisted Tuesday that the push for her to step down came from the Obama administration.
The warning system intended to notify campers on federal land about potentially devastating weather will be re-examined in Arkansas and throughout the nation, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Saturday.
More than a quarter of young adults are unable to meet physical requirements to join the military, creating a potential threat to national security, a group of retired armed forces leaders said Tuesday.
Black farmers hoping for government settlement money in a racial bias case better not bet the crop this Spring, until Congress finds a way to pay for the $1 billion deal. A meeting Wednesday at the White House may not have provided much encouragement.
Next month, the Vidalia Onion Committee, a Georgia group that promotes the consumption of sweet onions, will roll out 6-foot cardboard cutouts of the ogre Shrek as a tie-in to the latest film in the series, "Shrek Forever After."
The H1N1 virus has been confirmed in a sample taken from a pig that was displayed at the Minnesota State Fair, the first time the virus has been found in a U.S. pig, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday.
The first time that the 11 University of Iowa students met Associate Professor David Redlawsk in their political-science seminar, they could see former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack over his shoulder while Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar's voice boomed in the background.
What's the score? That's easy to tell in a basketball game. It's a little harder to tell in politics, where nobody's voting yet. So how do you keep score in a presidential race where nobody will be voting for nearly a year?
The timing of Tom Vilsack's decision to abandon his 2008 Democratic bid for the White House on Friday may have surprised supporters, but the outcome itself did not come as a shock to those closely following the intense pace and cost of the contest.