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Subcommittee asks Senate to confirm Tom Vilsack

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry on Feb. 2 voted unanimously to recommend the full Senate confirm Tom Vilsack as President Joe Biden’s secretary of agriculture. Vilsack appeared before the panel today, and the committee’s favorable decision to forward his nomination was never in doubt. Because the Senate […]

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Regulatory freeze stalls latest round of CFAP payments

In accordance with the White House memo, Regulatory Freeze Pending Review, USDA has suspended the processing and payments under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program – Additional Assistance and has halted implementation until further notice. Farm Service Agency local offices will continue to accept applications during the evaluation period, USDA says. USDA’s […]

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USDA announces new senior staff

Jewel H. Bronaugh, Virginia commissioner of agriculture and consumer services, was nominated this month to be deputy secretary of agriculture. If confirmed by the US Senate, she would be the first African American woman to serve in the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) No. 2 position, tasked with day-to-day operations […]

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