Tom Vilsack - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Tom Vilsack Known for political temperance, Iowa moves sharply right DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After decades as the crossroads of prairie populists and checkbook conservatives, Iowa has suddenly become solidly Republican like many of its Midwestern neighbors. It was one of four states — along with Kentucky, Missouri and New Hampshire — that flipped to complete GOP control in the November election, but Iowa's rush of new legislation has been the... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:25:00 GMT 2017-02-20T01:25:00Z USDA says removal of animal welfare records not final WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department says "adjustments may be made" in its decision to remove animal welfare inspection reports, enforcement records and other information about the treatment of animals from its website. The information, including lists of animal welfare violations at commercial dog and horse breeding facilities and animal testing ... Tue, 07 Feb 2017 23:40:00 GMT 2017-02-07T23:40:00Z Vilsack takes job with dairy industry after leaving USDA WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is taking a job at the U.S. Dairy Export Council. The group is a nonprofit that promotes dairy products. An announcement Tuesday said Vilsack will help "develop a long-term vision for building sales and consumer trust in U.S. dairy." Vilsack is entering the private sector after ... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:06:00 GMT 2017-01-17T17:06:00Z Vilsack leaving USDA early, no Trump replacement named WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary Tom Vilsack left the Agriculture Department a week before his tenure ends and before President-elect Donald Trump has chosen his replacement. Vilsack, who has led USDA for eight years and was President Barack Obama's longest-serving Cabinet secretary, told employees in an email that Friday is his final day. The email did not say why he was leaving... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:06:00 GMT 2017-01-13T19:06:00Z Feds deny leases for Minnesota mine; company to press ahead MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two longstanding mineral rights leases that are critical for a proposed large underground copper-nickel mine upstream from the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota will not be renewed, two federal agencies announced Thursday, but the company said it will press forward. The decision by the Interior and... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 22:26:00 GMT 2016-12-15T22:26:00Z USDA rules would aim to protect livestock, poultry producers WASHINGTON (AP) — With a little more than a month left in the Obama administration, the Agriculture Department on Wednesday announced new rules aimed at protecting the rights of livestock and poultry producers who do business with larger companies. A years-long fight over the regulations has pitted small farmers and ranchers against some of the nation's b... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 21:22:00 GMT 2016-12-14T21:22:00Z Iowa Gov. Branstad is Trump's pick for ambassador to China DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, the incoming Trump administration's pick for ambassador to China, has long promoted his state's abundant agricultural products to China, but he would be thrust into the middle of increasing talk of a trade war with the United States' largest trading partner. Branstad, in his sixth term, is the longest serv... Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:08:00 GMT 2016-12-07T19:08:00Z Workers: Sexual harassment also rampant at Forest Service WASHINGTON (AP) — Two months after uncovering rampant sexual harassment, bullying and other misconduct at the National Park Service, a House oversight panel says similar problems plague the Forest Service. A longtime employee at California's Eldorado National Forest said Thursday that the Forest Service "is rigged against women for reporting sexual harass... Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:39:00 GMT 2016-12-01T23:39:00Z Vilsack says Democrats need better message for rural America WASHINGTON (AP) — No one listened to Tom Vilsack. As agriculture secretary during the entire Obama administration, the former Iowa governor has for years been telling anyone who will pay attention — farmers, members of Congress, even Hillary Clinton — that Democrats need a better message for rural America. And he's spent most of his tenure focusing on rural development, tryi... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 08:07:00 GMT 2016-11-23T08:07:00Z