The next version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans needs to take a close look at the effectiveness of low-carb diets, most commenters told the federal agencies putting together the 2025-2030 DGA.
The Trump administration improperly assessed the costs of moving two USDA research agencies to Kansas City by among other things failing to account for the large-scale staff losses that would follow, according to the Government Accountability Office.
Perdue heads back to Georgia, the Senate has confirmed Martha Williams as the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Jessica Shade has accepted the position of national program leader for USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
The Biden administration announced Monday its plan to nominate Elaine Trevino, president of the Almond Alliance of California and former deputy secretary for the California Department of Food and Agriculture, to be the next chief agricultural trade negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
The Biden administration is filling Senate-confirmed positions at the Agriculture Department at a slow pace similar to Donald Trump’s first year in office and well behind the rate at which Barack Obama stocked his sub-Cabinet positions.
Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow is seeking a federal ethics investigation into a business deal between former Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and agribusiness giant Archers Daniels Midland. The Washington Post reported this week that Perdue in early 2017 purchased an ADM soybean facility for $250,000 that was worth millions.
The USDA is reversing a rule proposed during the Trump Administration that would have tightened the categorical eligibility rules for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and removed eligibility for up to 3 million people.
The Department of the Interior has announced new leadership, former EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has joined The Heritage Foundation, and Blake Rollins has been selected to serve as Missouri Farm Bureau’s chief administrative officer.