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  • First on CNN: Trump administration ending Michelle Obama's girls education program

    05/01/2017 1:00:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    CNN ^ | May 1, 2017 | By Kevin Liptak
    The Trump administration is discontinuing a signature girls education initiative championed by former first lady Michelle Obama, according to officials. The "Let Girls Learn" program, which she and President Barack Obama started in 2015 to facilitate educational opportunities for adolescent girls in developing countries, will cease operation immediately, according to an internal document obtained by CNN. News of the program's end came the same day President Donald Trump's agriculture secretary, Sonny Perdue, was visiting an elementary school in suburban Virginia to announce changes to another initiative spotlighted by the former first lady, healthy school lunches. Perdue was set to unveil...
  • Michelle Obama’s ‘Legacy’ Unraveling=> Trump’s Agriculture Dept Unveils New Rules For School Lunches

    04/30/2017 11:21:27 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 56 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | Apr 30th, 2017
    Good news! Michelle Obama’s inedible school lunches are about to be a thing of the past. Michelle Obama admittedly loves enchiladas and french fries (and her figure showed it), but she loved to lecture everyone else’s children about eating vegetables. This is what you get with an elite, overreaching government, folks; they tell your children what to eat. Via The Daily Caller: Perdue and Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts will release a new interim rule “designed to provide flexibility for school meals” at an elementary school in Leesburg, Va. Monday, a USDA press release stated. The exact nature of the...
  • Trump Administration Eyes Loosening School Lunch Regulations

    04/28/2017 5:53:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 28, 2017 | Nikita Biryukov
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is preparing to ease school lunch regulations created under former President Barack Obama. On Friday, the department announced its secretary, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, will introduce an interim rule to provide "regulatory flexibility" for the National School Lunch Program at a Virginia elementary school on Monday, alongside Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. It's unclear how the regulations will be changed, or what effect it could have on school lunchrooms. The National School Lunch Program provides nutritionally balanced reduced-cost or free lunches to children. Former First Lady...
  • Homeland Security Rationing Ammo to Agents in the Field

    03/13/2017 1:53:31 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 36 replies
    WND ^ | March 12 2017 | STEVE PEACOCK
    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it possesses a “limited amount” of 9mm bullets for agents in the field as well as for training purposes, and it is rationing its ammunition based on internal requests until it can award a new contract. [ ] The apparent role poor planning, or another agenda, played in the issue came to light when ICE said it would have run out of 9mm ammo by June 2017 in the absence of a modified contract with its supplier, Vista Outdoor Inc. So, the agency last month approved a $363,307 ceiling increase to contract No. HSCEMS-11-D-00002....
  • Immigrants are not US’s problem and policy makers already know this [barf]

    02/19/2017 5:33:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Irish Central ^ | February 17, 2017 12:00 AM | Cahir O’Doherty
    Let’s face it — every Irish person in New York knows someone who’s undocumented. Usually they know more than one. They also know that if weren’t for them and other immigrants half the bars, restaurants, shops and even colleges in the city would be deserted. New York has always had a special welcome for immigrants — even the undocumented ones — because it’s been the historical landing point for intending Americans since the earliest days of our national story. Welcoming immigrants is really the city’s oldest tradition. It actually makes sound financial sense. The undocumented often do the work that...
  • SCHUMER:TRUMP ADMINISTRATION USDA IS HIDING CRITICAL INFO THAT HELPS PREVENT ANIMAL CRUELTY

    02/17/2017 2:51:48 PM PST · by mdittmar · 59 replies
    U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer ^ | 2/17/2017 | U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer
    After More Than a Decade of Providing the Public With Access to Animal Welfare Records, the USDA Suddenly Pressed ‘Delete’ On Its Online Database, Which Includes Info on Whether Animals Are Being Treated Humanely At Facilities Across the Country Following USDA’s Decision, Schumer Says USDA Must Re-establish Transparency & Help Deter Future Animal Welfare Violations Schumer: Animal Advocates Should Not Have To Play Tug Of War On Transparency With New Administration’s USDA U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to reverse its decision to remove inspection reports on animal facilities and related animal cruelty information from...
  • Any precedence of news blackout by a new administration?

    01/24/2017 7:22:29 PM PST · by Man from Oz · 34 replies
    Any precedence of a new administration blacking out info from an agency as what happened today with the EPA and USDA? I have been challenged to cite previous example(s) and need Freeper assistance. Please. MFO
  • Trump clamps down on federal agencies

    01/24/2017 5:28:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/24/17 08:09 PM EST | Jordan Fabian
    The Trump administration is clamping down on public communications by agencies as it seeks to assert control over the federal bureaucracy. New restrictions on social media use and interaction with press and lawmakers at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the departments of Commerce, Health and Human Services, Agriculture and the Interior have sparked concerns of a President Trump-backed effort to silence dissenting views. The Trump administration’s newly imposed communications rules vary at different agencies. At the EPA, staffers were ordered to stop issuing press releases, blog updates and social media posts, according to a memo to employees. The Agriculture...
  • Trump imposes gag order on the EPA and USDA

    01/24/2017 11:09:32 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 49 replies
    US Uncut (Whatever that is) ^ | Januaru 24, 2017 | Tom Cahill
    The Trump administration is placing an immediate gag order on offices within the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. According to an internal email an anonymous source within the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) sent to BuzzFeed News, scientists within the office are now under an indefinite gag order. The ARS hasn’t tweeted since prior to Donald Trump’s inauguration. “Starting immediately and until further notice, ARS will not release any public-facing documents,” wrote ARS chief of staff Sharon Drumm. “This includes, but is not limited to, news releases, photos, fact sheets, news feeds, and social media content.”
  • USDA Study Reveals What Food Stamps Are Really Spent On (10% of Budget on Soft Drinks alone!)

    01/15/2017 12:38:16 PM PST · by drewh · 40 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | Jan 15 2017 | Thomas Lifson
    Michael Bloomberg and Michelle Obama have been lecturing us (or at least those among us who use food stamps, aka SNAP) to no avail when it comes to sugary soft drinks. Anahad O’Conner of the New York Times reports: What do households on food stamps buy at the grocery store? The answer was largely a mystery until now. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the $74 billion food stamp program called SNAP, has published a detailed report that provides a glimpse into the shopping cart of the typical household that receives food stamps. The findings show that the No....
  • Dead People Doled Out $2.6 Billion Worth of Food Stamps

    01/14/2017 9:48:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 13, 2017 1:30 pm | Elizabeth Harrington
    Dead retailers redeemed more than $2 billion worth of food stamps, according to a new audit. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s inspector general reviewed billions of transactions through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps. It found that thousands of stores authorized to accept food stamps were using the Social Security numbers of deceased persons. An audit released Thursday found instances of potential fraud where the Food and Nutrition Service issued food stamps through stores that claimed to be owned by children or the dead. “We found that 3,394 authorized SNAP retailers (retailers) used Social Security...
  • USDA Announces Retailer Volunteers for SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot

    01/08/2017 10:17:09 PM PST · by cabojoe · 33 replies
    USDA ^ | Jan. 5, 2017 | USDA
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the seven retail firms selected to take part in a pilot designed to enable Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants to purchase their groceries online. The two-year pilot is slated to begin this summer. "Online purchasing is a potential lifeline for SNAP participants living in urban neighborhoods and rural communities where access to healthy food choices can be limited," USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said. "We're looking forward to being able to bring the benefits of the online market to low-income Americans participating in SNAP."
  • Fake News: USDA, Journos Blame Breitbart for Fox News Error Without Evidence

    01/01/2017 11:35:46 AM PST · by catnipman · 2 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/30/2016 | Jerome Hudson
    In another example of “fake news,” several left-wing journalists have spread unconfirmed speculation from a government agency to attack Breitbart — and, unsurprisingly, they were 100% wrong.
  • Feds offer Thanksgiving tips to fight climate change

    11/21/2016 4:02:54 PM PST · by PROCON · 43 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Nov. 21, 2016 | PAUL BEDARD
    The federal government is worried that America is too stressed out to deal with Thanksgiving dinner safely so at least two departments have entered to help everybody live through the uniquely American holiday while also curbing global warming. "This week millions of Americans will gather family and friends around the dinner table to give thanks. But for those preparing the meal, it can be a stressful time. Not to mention, for many it is the largest meal they have cooked all year, leaving plenty of room for mistakes that could cause foodborne illness," warned the Agriculture Department. As a result,...
  • Rep. Tim Huelskamp Talking With Trump Transition Team About Agriculture Secretary

    11/17/2016 4:24:05 PM PST · by drewh · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 Nov 2016 | by NEIL W. MCCABE
    Departing Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas tells reporters he is talking to President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team about joining the new administration, possibly as secretary of Agriculture. “It is a possibility,” Huelskamp says. The conservative has an PhD in agricultural legislation, but was booted off the House Agriculture Committee in 2013 after he spoke up against the reelection of Speaker John Boehner. “A lot of emails go back and forth–a lot of emails go back and forth,” he said. Pressed, the congressman said he was not sure if he would take a job if it was offered. “I don’t know,...
  • Christian Charity Forfeits Federal Food in Favor of Faith

    11/02/2016 6:21:07 AM PDT · by detective · 31 replies
    The New American ^ | 01 November 2016 | Michael Tennant
    We don’t force our faith on anybody else,” Chuck Wingate, executive director of Bethesda Mission, told PennLive.com. “But we find the whole idea that the government’s going to come in a[nd] tell us what we can and cannot do in our own facility to be out of bounds, especially in matters of faith.” Wingate, who says his Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, ministry serves 100,000 people a month, was referring to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulation forbidding recipients of USDA food from requiring “a beneficiary to attend or participate in any explicitly religious activities that are offered by the organization.”...
  • Feds to Award $200 Million in Grants to Feed and Educate Children – in Other Countries

    11/01/2016 4:43:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 1, 2016 | 3:16 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced grants totaling $200 million “to improve the education, food security, and health of school-age children, especially girls in developing countries.” The Foreign Agricultural Service grant, announced late last month and open for applicants until Jan. 21, 2017, further states that the funds can cover “food for education, food assistance, school feeding, child nutrition, teacher training and gender equity.” …
  • America’s Dairy Farmers Dump 43 Million Gallons of Excess Milk (WSJ Oct. 12, 2016 10:59 a.m. ET)

    10/12/2016 12:33:01 PM PDT · by Early2Rise · 60 replies
    WSJ ^ | 10/12/16 | K Gee
    Farmers in the U.S. are pouring out tens of millions of gallons of excess milk, amid a massive glut that has slashed prices and has filled warehouses with cheese. More than 43 million gallons’ worth of milk were dumped in fields, manure lagoons or animal feed, or have been lost on truck routes or discarded at plants in the first eight months of 2016, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That is enough milk to fill 66 Olympic swimming pools, and the most wasted in at least 16 years of data requested by The Wall Street Journal....
  • Ag Secretary to America: Stop Wasting Food, Cut Back Portions

    10/04/2016 12:31:42 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 181 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 10/4/16 | Bridget Johnson
    WASHINGTON -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said America needs to stop wasting food, even if that means teaching people to cut back on the amount of food on their plates. Speaking at the National Press Club on Monday, the former Iowa governor said long-term food insecurity "is a challenge, because we're going to have to increase food production -- I've seen anywhere from 50 to 70 percent in the next 35 years -- to meet a growing world population." "But the first step, and the one way the USDA can provide help and assistance to meet this need, is to...
  • Agriculture closes offices in 5 states after threats

    08/30/2016 8:46:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 30, 2016 11:37 AM EDT | Mary Clare Jalonick
    The Agriculture Department has closed offices in five states after receiving anonymous threats. USDA spokesman Matthew Herrick says in a statement on Tuesday that the department had received “several anonymous messages” that raised concerns about the safety of USDA personnel and facilities. He said six offices are closed until further notice. …