Posts Tagged ‘USDA’

USDA offers TAA program to farmers

by Published: March 4,2010

Tags: agriculture, international trade, TAA, USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Farmers Program to help American agricultural producers adjust to the current, challenging economic environment. In August, USDA requested public comments on a proposed rule for establishing the procedures and eligibility criteria for receiving assistance. Comments focused on payment limitations and adjusted […] [...]

Cochran questions USDA budget

by Published: March 3,2010

Tags: catfish, Congress, Thad Cochran, USDA

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is questioning how the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) expects to use its budget to address farming and agriculture issues in Mississippi, including pending catfish inspection regulations and settling longstanding discrimination claims by African American farmers. Cochran serves on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee that March 2 received testimony […] [...]

Tacker found guilty of bilking USDA

by Published: February 25,2010

Tags: biodiesel, energy, trial, USDA

ABERDEEN — William T. “Tommy” Tacker has been convicted of defrauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture out of $2.8 million in bioenergy subsidy money for a plant in Mississippi. Tacker was convicted Wednesday in federal court in Aberdeen and faces up to 50 years in prison. Testimony began Monday in the case of the 56-year-old […] [...]

Black farmers settle for $1.25B

by Published: February 19,2010

Tags: agriculture, discrimination, USDA

WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack yesterday announced the successful resolution of the longstanding litigation known as Pigford II. The settlement agreement, which is contingent on appropriation by Congress, will provide a total of $1.25 billion to African American farmers who alleged that they suffered racial discrimination in U.S. […] [...]

Program looks to boost rural veterinarians

by Published: February 15,2010

Tags: animal sciences, student loans, USDA, veterinarians

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has taken the first step toward implementing a plan to address veterinary shortages throughout rural America by repaying the student loans of qualified veterinarians in return for their services in areas suffering from a lack of veterinarians. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) administers the […] [...]

Ex-lawyer pleads guilty in biodiesel case

by Published: February 15,2010

Tags: biodiesel, energy, fraud, USDA

ABERDEEN — A former Tennessee lawyer has pleaded guilty to one count related to his role in defrauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture out of $2.8 million in bioenergy subsidy money. H. Max Speight entered the plea in federal court in Aberdeen. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Mims told Judge Glen H. Davidson that a “supplemental […] [...]

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