Agriculture Department

Shirley Sherrod, a former USDA official, speaks during a news conference with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, at the Department of Agriculture on Aug. 24, 2010 in Washington, DC. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Email Shows Vilsack Was ‘Waiting For The Go-Ahead’ From White House Before Accepting Sherrod’s Resignation

A 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.


File photo of raw chicken in a processing plant. (credit: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

USDA Threatens Foster Farms With Shutdown Over Salmonella, Insanitary Conditions

The 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.


Recovering from emergency quadruple bypass heart surgery, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) said in a radio interview which aired Sunday night that “he probably wouldn’t be here” if the Affordable Care Act had been in place.  (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images).

Senate Rejects GOP Bid To Let States Run Food Stamps

The Senate has rejected a Republican amendment to turn the federal food stamp program over to the states.


File photo of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. (credit: Getty Images)

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.


A customer looks at a U.S. beef product at a branch of U.S. owned supermarket Costco on Aug. 9, 2006 in Chiba, Japan. (credit: Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images)

Major South Korea Retailers Suspend US Beef Sales Over Mad Cow Disease

Two 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.


A vat of ground beef

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.


Shirley Sherrod and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack  participate in a news conference at the Department of Agriculture on Aug. 24, 2010 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Emails Show White House Involved In Decision For Shirley Sherrod’s Resignation

The 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.