[2] The safety of food produced and sold in the United States is ensured by the United States Food Safety and Inspection Service. Numerous studies show that faster line speeds increase meatpacking workers’ risk of injury, and labor advocates successfully fought to keep speeds down — or so it seemed. The mission of the Delaware Department of Agriculture is to encourage agriculture through activities, assistance, regulation, and public outreach. COVID-19 Information and Updates. Opponents argue this imperfect technology is an expensive workaround to accommodate a dirty industry, rather than meaningfully regulate it. The Secretary of Agriculture fulfills executive, management and administrative duties prescribed by law, executive order or gubernatorial direction. Vilsack, along with most of the Democratic establishment, strongly supports ethanol as a renewable biofuel and a market for excess commodity corn. Held periodically throughout the state, the pesticide disposal events provide the agricultural industry, pest control industry and the general public the opportunity to properly dispose of unwanted pesticides. This proposal also threatened to lift maximum poultry processing speeds from 140 birds per minute to 175. The United States secretary of agriculture is the head of the United States Department of Agriculture. The Secretary must \"encourage uniformity and consistency in commercial practices\" to ensure the safety of produce, dairy products and other agricultural products grown in the United States. This is because Vilsack doesn’t actually speak to the totality and needs of rural people. The kind of reporting we do is essential to democracy, but it is not easy, cheap, or profitable. Department of Agriculture Releases COVID-19 Restaurant Enforcement Actions, December ... December 22, 2020. But many environmentalists now believe the pollution, chemical use, and soil degradation associated with growing more corn outweighs any benefits of replacing oil with ethanol. The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Office of the Secretary is composed of the agency’s executive team and facilitates all administrative services for the department, including support for legal, fiscal, information technology, public information dissemination and communications, and human resources. March 25, 2020 - Secretary Fisher Letter to the New Jersey Agriculture Community March 24, 2020 - Administrative Order 2020-5 (Special Interest to Farmers) March 21, 2020 - Governor Murphy Executive Order 107 directing all residents to stay at home until further notice Governor Kelly announced over $9 million has been committed for projects to strengthen the state’s food supply system. In a public comment on the rules, one concerned USDA consumer safety inspector wrote, “If this proposal goes through and inspectors are cut, I would not feel safe enough to feed [poultry] to my family.”. Industry engagement officer. We don’t have ads, so we depend on our members — 35,000 and counting — to help us hold the powerful to account. Agency Details Acronym: USDA. Uniquely qualified as a former farmer, agribusinessman, veterinarian, state legislator, and governor of Georgia, he became the 31st United States Secretary of Agriculture on April … Perdue took office on April 25, 2017 after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate by an 87–11 vote. The USDA eventually foreclosed on some Black farmers with cases still under review. Freshman Democratic Rep. Abby Finkenauer was also ousted, as the party’s rural erosion progressed. Racial lending disparities also persisted under Vilsack’s tenure and Vilsack personally failed to prioritize civil rights, according to accounts from USDA employees. While Vilsack has touted his civil rights record at the department, an investigation by The Counter found Vilsack’s USDA promoted misleading and inaccurate claims about an increase in Black farmers and a record low in civil rights complaints. The secretary of Agriculture ( Filipino: Kalihim ng Pagsasaka) is the member of the Cabinet … Minnesota’s only statewide conference on organic agriculture is going virtual for 2021. Hillary Clinton speaks with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, emphasizing investment in small towns to help strengthen rural America as part of a plan released after Vilsack endorsed her during an organizing event in Baldwin, Iowa, on Aug. 26, 2015. The department includes several organizations. During the pandemic, there have been some fledgling bright spots of farmer-labor solidarity against corporate power, and these alliances need to expand and incorporate rural communities harmed by industrial agriculture, environmentalists, and, frankly, everyone who eats. These machines capture methane and other greenhouse gas emission emitted by livestock manure lagoons, a growing source of agricultural pollution as industrial animal farms drive out small ones. Select plants kept loopholes to operate at faster speeds which the Trump administration later expanded. One of the most basic jobs of the agriculture secretary is to maintain and – if possible – improve the quality of the agricultural products grown in the United States. Biden has signaled that he wants to make agriculture a key part of his climate policy and floated ideas such as a carbon market to pay farmers for sequestering carbon (a solution industry has started to line up behind and some scientists have started to doubt). 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