USDA Secretary Not Ready To Declare Bird Flu Outbreak OverU.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he's not ready to declare the Midwest bird flu outbreak over. While no new cases of the H5N2 virus have been detected over for over a month, Vilsack told The Associated Press on Monday that the threat hasn't passed.
Klobuchar Discusses Bird Flu With Minnesota Turkey ProducersSen. Amy Klobuchar has been meeting with Minnesota turkey producers to hear their concerns about the bird flu outbreak, and says she plans to speak with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack soon to discuss the federal response to the crisis.
USDA To Spend $4M On Honey Bee Aid In 5 StatesThe federal government this fiscal year is providing $4 million in technical and financial assistance to help Midwestern farmers and ranchers improve the health of honeybees.
USDA Details New Risk-Based Farm Payment Programs Farmers can start as early as next week on signing up for new safety net programs that U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said replaces the much-criticized direct payments with government payouts based on the risks farmers face.
Franken Hosts US Ag Secretary In MinnesotaMinnesota Sen. Al Franken is hoping for an election-season bump on an issue he's tried to build into a cornerstone of his campaign: agriculture.
Vilsack To Launch Minn. Farm Water Quality ProgramAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visits Minnesota to launch a new pilot project offering farmers incentives to take steps to reduce water pollution from their operations. The USDA describes the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program as the first of its type in the nation.
Federal Official Promises To Fund Wolf TrappingU.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar says federal officials have pledged money to restart the wolf trapping program in Minnesota.
Wetlands Initiative Aimed At Valley Flood ControlThe federal Agriculture Department is making up to $10 million available to enroll land in the Red River Valley watershed into its Wetlands Reserve Program.
USDA Chief Defends Ethanol Subsidies In Minn.Ending current subsidies for the corn ethanol industry would cost jobs and make America more dependent on foreign oil, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday.