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Attorney General Eric Holder to step down

Attorney General Eric Holder to step down

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 (UPI) --Eric Holder will announce his plans to step down as Attorney General Thursday, and will depart the Department of Justice as soon as his successor is confirmed.
Gabrielle Levy
Scotland wants U.S. to lift the ban on haggis

Scotland wants U.S. to lift the ban on haggis

EDINBURGH, Scotland, July 1 (UPI) --Scotland is renewing a push for the U.S. to lift its ban on importing the traditional Scottish dish of haggis.
Aileen Graef
USDA to use parasitic wasp to fight citrus disease

USDA to use parasitic wasp to fight citrus disease

WASHINGTON, May 14 (UPI) --The USDA said Tuesday that it was upping efforts to breed and release a parasitic wasp to combat a disease threatening citrus crops across the U.S.
Ananth Baliga

U.S. setting up networked 'climate hubs' to deal with climate change

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. government says it's creating seven new "climate hub" networks to help people, especially farmers, deal with the effects of global warming.
Vilsack: Many affected by food stamp cuts may still qualify for aid

Vilsack: Many affected by food stamp cuts may still qualify for aid

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday many of those being cut from food stamp rolls will be able to qualify for assistance in other ways.
Obama announces plans for 'climate hubs'

Obama announces plans for 'climate hubs'

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Obama is set to announce an effort to establish "climate hubs," research and support centers to help Americans cope with the consequences of global warming.
Brooks Hays

Feds offer $20 million to counter California farm drought

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The Obama administration Tuesday pledged $20 million to help California farmers cope with what looks like a particularly dry year ahead.

Putting a label on healthy eating

Enhanced food nutrition labels, reduced-sodium initiatives in restaurants and options for exercise and healthier food at airports may make it easier to stick to those New Year resolutions.
MICHELLE GROENKE, United Press International
USDA to invest $50 million for mental healthcare in rural areas

USDA to invest $50 million for mental healthcare in rural areas

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced an agency goal of investing up to $50 million to increase access to mental healthcare in rural areas.
Obamas visit fasting immigration reform activists in Washington

Obamas visit fasting immigration reform activists in Washington

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama Friday visited with a group of fasting immigration activists on the National Mall.
Agriculture secretary says passage of farm bill would aid economy

Agriculture secretary says passage of farm bill would aid economy

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- The Obama administration wants a farm bill passed by the end of the year because it is "more than a farm bill," says U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
House OKs bill cutting food stamps by $39 billion over 10 years

House OKs bill cutting food stamps by $39 billion over 10 years

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. House approved a bill Thursday that would cut $39 billion in food stamp spending over 10 years, and which the White House has said would be vetoed.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, July 15, 2013.
By United Press International

Animal groups say lack of rules for horse slaughters threatens public

SAN FRANCISCO, July 11 (UPI) -- Animal protection groups have sued the U.S. government for not creating rules for slaughtering horses for meat, calling the inaction a danger to public health.
Pope: Wasting food is like stealing from the poor

Pope: Wasting food is like stealing from the poor

VATICAN CITY, June 6 (UPI) -- At his weekly address in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City, Pope Francis attacked the "culture of waste" and said wasting food is like stealing from the poor.
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Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack reads to children as part of the Education Department's "Read to the Top" initiative in Washington on July 17, 2009. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)
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Thomas James "Tom" Vilsack (pronounced /ˈvɪlsæk/; born December 12, 1950) is an American politician, a member of the Democratic Party, and presently the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. He served as the 40th Governor of the state of Iowa. He was first elected in 1998 and re-elected to a second four-year term in 2002. On November 30, 2006, he formally launched his candidacy for the Democratic Party's nomination for President of the United States in the 2008 election, but ended his bid on February 23, 2007.

Barack Obama announced Vilsack's selection to be the United States Secretary of Agriculture under his administration on December 17, 2008. Vilsack's nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate by unanimous consent on January 20, 2009.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Tom Vilsack was abandoned at birth and placed in a Roman Catholic orphanage. He was adopted in 1951 by Bud and Dolly Vilsack, who raised him in the Roman Catholic faith. His adoptive father was a real-estate agent and insurance salesman, and his adoptive mother was a homemaker.

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