Agriculture Department

Latest Agriculture Department Items
  • House budget plan seeks new roles for Ag Dept.

    Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer's agency would be assigned new oversight duties that include diabetes education and energy efficiency as part of a proposed House budget outlined Monday.


  • Dead farmers reap millions in subsidies, GAO audit shows

    The federal government is still paying out millions of dollars a year in subsidies to dead farmers, according to a government audit released Monday that said the Agriculture Department doesn't do the routine checks required to make sure it is paying benefits to the right people.


  • Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican questions why the Department of Agriculture is spending money on starting wine festivals, marketing a Bloody Mary mix and helping homeowners on tony Martha's Vineyard while Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says the sequester is forcing him to cut off food aid for 600,000 needy women and children.

    Coburn slams Agriculture for wasteful spending

    Even as it is cutting food programs for poor women and children, the Agriculture Department is still spending money on housing for wealthy residents on Martha's Vineyard and paying companies to run marketing campaigns for alcohol, pickles and jelly, according to a senator who wants to see those priorities changed.


  • Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican (Associated Press)

    Sen. Tom Coburn tells feds to quit propping up wineries, expensive vacation homes

    Even as it's cutting food programs for poor women and children, the Agriculture Department is still spending money on housing for wealthy residents on Martha's Vineyard and paying companies to run marketing campaigns for alcohol, pickles and jelly, according to a top senator who wants to see those priorities changed.


  • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (Associated Press)

    USDA to allow more meat, grains in school lunches

    The Agriculture Department is responding to criticism over new school lunch rules by allowing more grains and meat in children's meals.


  • USDA to allow more meat, grains in school lunches

    The Agriculture Department is responding to criticism over new school lunch rules by allowing more grains and meat in kids' meals.


  • Proposal targets eligibility, fraud in food stamp program

    A top Agriculture Department official Thursday announced an initiative to counter fraud in the $80 billion food stamp program, entering a campaign-tinged fray that has recently focused on abuse of entitlement programs for the poor.


  • ** FILE ** In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, an Electronic Benefit Transfer card, which food stamp recipients use to purchase food, is seen at the Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

    Food-stamp fraud spurs a crackdown

    Food-stamp recipients are ripping off the government for millions of dollars by illegally selling their benefit cards for cash — sometimes even in the open, on eBay or Craigslist — and then asking the government for replacement cards.


  • ** FILE ** In this file photo taken Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, an Electronic benefit Transfer card, food stamp recipients use to purchase food, is seen at the Sacramento County Economic Development Department in Sacramento, Calif. Food stamp recipients are ripping off the government for millions of dollars by illegally selling their benefit cards for cash. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    Gov't taking new steps to combat food stamp fraud

    Food stamp recipients are ripping off the government for millions of dollars by illegally selling their benefit cards for cash — sometimes even in the open, on eBay or Craigslist — and then asking the government for replacement cards.


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