Email Shows Vilsack Was 'Waiting For The Go-Ahead' From White House Before Accepting Sherrod's ResignationA 2010 email from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says his department was "waiting for the go-ahead" from the White House before accepting the resignation of employee Shirley Sherrod, according to newly released documents, despite Obama administration assertions that her ouster was Vilsack's decision alone.
USDA Threatens Foster Farms With Shutdown Over Salmonella, Insanitary ConditionsThe Agriculture Department is threatening to shut down three California poultry processing facilities linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 278 people across the country.
Senate Rejects GOP Bid To Let States Run Food StampsThe Senate has rejected a Republican amendment to turn the federal food stamp program over to the states.
USDA Chief: Rural America Becoming 'Less Relevant'Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has some harsh words for rural America: It's "becoming less and less relevant," he says.
Major South Korea Retailers Suspend US Beef Sales Over Mad Cow DiseaseTwo major South Korean retailers suspended sales of U.S. beef Wednesday following the discovery of mad cow disease in a U.S. dairy cow. Reaction elsewhere in Asia was muted with Japan saying there's no reason to restrict imports.
Schools Will Get To Opt Out Of 'Pink Slime' Beef The Agriculture Department says that starting next fall, schools can stop feeding students a common ammonia-treated ground beef filler dubbed "pink slime" by critics.
Emails Show White House Involved In Decision For Shirley Sherrod's ResignationThe White House was immediately involved in the Agriculture Department's decision to ask USDA employee Shirley Sherrod to resign in 2010, according to nearly 2,000 pages of internal e-mails released by the administration.