Former USDA Chief of Staff and White House ag advisor Ray Starling, who served under President Trump, and Obama-era Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack engaged in a civil back-and-forth Wednesday to extoll the virtues of their particular candidates of choice.
USDA Chief of Staff Heidi Green announced today that she will return to Georgia after helping Secretary Perdue during his first year in office. Her replacement will be a familiar face to many in agriculture.
Hundreds of ag stakeholders braved a Nor’easter Wednesday predicted to drop almost a half foot of snow in Washington to attend a summit on ag food and policy hosted by Agri-Pulse. Kicking off the event was Ray Starling, special assistant to President Trump for agriculture, who assured the audience that the White House position on ag trade was, "We are open for business."
WASHINGTON, July 25, 2017 – Several cabinet members and a White House official gathered at USDA headquarters today for a breakfast meeting of President Donald Trump’s Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity.
WASHINGTON, March 21, 2017 – President Donald Trump has signed a proclamation designating March 21 as National Agriculture Day, providing welcome words to many of the farmers and ranchers who voted for him and some of his most specific views on agriculture to date.
WASHINGTON, Mar. 16, 2017 - President Trump is releasing budget proposals this morning that will call for deep spending cuts across the federal government, including at USDA, EPA and other agencies. Trump’s targets at USDA will include the nation's flagship international food aid program, Food for Peace.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2017 – Ray Starling, a key aide to Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, has been named to the senior staff of the National Economic Council where he’ll serve as President Trump’s special assistant for Agriculture, Trade and Food Assistance.