Latest Tom Vilsack News

Biden's climate plan aims to reduce methane emissions

Nov. 02, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Tuesday launched a wide-ranging plan to reduce methane emissions, targeting a potent greenhouse gas that contributes significantly to global warming and packs a stronger short-term punch than even carbon dioxide. The plan...

Maine groups get more than $700K to grow rural opportunities

Oct. 31, 2021 08:27 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Organizations in Maine are slated to get more than $700,000 from the federal government to help with rural challenges such as high-speed internet, education and health care. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the money...

USDA OKs disaster declarations for North Carolina counties

Oct. 21, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Twelve counties in western North Carolina have been granted requests for a primary county disaster designation after excessive rain and flooding from Tropical Storm Fred during the summer, according to a news release. The news release from Gov, Roy...

Judge limits strikers' conduct at Deere plant in Iowa

Oct. 20, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A judge on Wednesday issued a temporary restraining order that details how picketing workers at the Deere & Co. plant in Davenport must conduct themselves. In seeking the injunction Wednesday, Deere officials alleged that striking workers had...

Biden administration move could block Minnesota copper mine

Oct. 20, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Biden administration dealt a serious blow Wednesday to the proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, ordering a study that could lead to a 20-year ban on mining upstream from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The...

USDA rethinks approach to controlling salmonella in poultry

Oct. 19, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal health officials are rethinking their approach to controlling salmonella in poultry plants in the hope of reducing the number of illnesses linked to the bacteria each year, and on Tuesday the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced several steps it plans to take...

Fewer in US turn to food banks, but millions still in need

Oct. 12, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hunger and food insecurity across the United States have dropped measurably over the past six months, but the need remains far above pre-pandemic levels. And specialists in hunger issues warn that the situation for millions of families remains extremely fragile. ...

UN summit seeks to fix food's many problems, but draws fire

Sep. 23, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nations, companies and foundations pledged billions of dollars to feed the world in connection with an ambitious United Nations food summit Thursday, while some grassroots anti-hunger groups and food experts blasted the event as too corporate, tech-focused and...

White House competition council seeks lower consumer prices

Sep. 10, 2021 15:13 PM EDT

A new White House council on U.S. economic conditions held its first meeting Friday, with participants highlighting at least 18 actions taken to help consumers and potentially lower prices. The council, an outgrowth of a July executive order by President Joe Biden, is...

Meat, farm workers to get $600 grants in new $700M aid plan

Sep. 07, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Meatpacking workers and farm workers who were severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic will be eligible to get grants of up to $600 per person as part of a new $700 million aid program the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday. ...