United States Department of Agriculture

New rules to limit pushing unhealthy foods in shools

New rules to limit pushing unhealthy foods in shools

Even the scoreboards in high school gyms eventually will have to promote good health. Moving beyond the lunch line, new rules that will be proposed Tuesday by the White House and the Agriculture Department would limit marketing of unhealthy foods in schools. They would phase out the advertising of sugary drinks and junk foods around […]

Shutdown threatens women, infants and children nutrition program

Shutdown threatens women, infants and children nutrition program

Jacob Quick is a fat and happy 4-month-old with a big and expensive appetite. Like millions of other poor women, Jacob’s mother relies on the federal Women, Infants and Children program to pay for infant formula — aid that is now jeopardized by the government shutdown. Pennsylvania and other states say they can operate WIC […]

The great Cuban egg bust

The great Cuban egg bust

A Cuban-American father and daughter face a possible jail term or hefty fines after their attempt to bring 72 unhatched pigeon eggs from Cuba to the United States fell foul of U.S. Customs. The United States maintains a long-running trade embargo against Cuba that prohibits commercial imports from the communist-ruled island and often leads to […]

Rush to judgment: Vilsack ignored facts in Sherrod debacle

Rush to judgment: Vilsack ignored facts in Sherrod debacle

Former Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod pleaded with officials to hear her out after she was ousted from the USDA during a racial firestorm in July, internal e-mails show. Sherrod’s pleas reached Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s e-mail soon after he ordered her dismissed from the department because of supposed racist remarks she made earlier in […]

Barack ‘can’t do anything right’ Obama

Barack ‘can’t do anything right’ Obama

There is so much blame to go around in the incredible FUBAR* surrounding the knee-jerk firing of USDA employee Shirley Sherrod that we need a massive manhunt to round up all the suspects. Leading the cast of screwups, of course, is serial liar Andrew Breibart and his co-conspirators at Fox News. Even among the bottom […]

On second thought…

On second thought…

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday he will reconsider the department’s decision to oust a black employee over racially tinged remarks after learning more about what she said. Vilsack issued a short statement early Wednesday morning after Shirley Sherrod, who until Tuesday was the Agriculture Department’s director of rural development in Georgia, said she was […]