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Obama's USDA: Undersecretary/Chief Scientist Catherie Woteki

With the end of earmarks, the Agriculture Department may need to ask Congress for the kind of authority that the National Science Foundation has to initiate new research facilities on its own, Agriculture Undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics Catherine Woteki said in a wide-ranging interview with The Hagstrom Report. Read More...

Obama's USDA: Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell

The national forests get more attention than privately owned lands, but private forests are under greater threat, and the U.S. Forest Service stands ready with programs to try to help owners of forest and ranch lands who want to keep them productive and in open space, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said in an exclusive interview with The Hagstrom Report. Read More...

Obama's USDA: NRCS Chief Dave White

The Obama administration’s efforts to save the sage grouse in the western states while possibly avoiding a listing as an endangered species and other large-scale conservation efforts are Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Dave White's proudest achievements to date, White said in an interview with The Hagstrom Report. Read More...

Obama's USDA: Undersecretary Harris Sherman

The size and importance of farm bill conservation programs were a surprise to Agriculture Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment Harris Sherman when assumed his position in 2009. In an exclusive interview, Sherman has told The Hagstrom Report that these programs “must” be maintained in the 2012 farm bill. Read More...

Obama's USDA: Rural Utilities Service administrator: Broadband spending key to rural jobs

Rural Utilities Service Administrator Jonathan Adelstein runs an agency that is renowned for bringing electricity, telephone, water and sewer service to rural America, but that now has a new and challenging mission: to bring high-speed Internet service or broadband to those areas of rural America that have been left out of what has become a necessity for business and personal life. Read More...

Obama's USDA: Undersecretary Tonsager says Recovery Act a big help through Rural Development

Agriculture Undersecretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager runs what former President Clinton last week called “an underappreciated division of USDA that will become more important in the years ahead.” Many economists and develop experts would agree. Read More...

Obama's USDA: Undersecretary Kevin Concannon: No food stamp cut expected

The Agriculture Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services says he does not expect a funding challenge to the food stamp program, even though Congress and the Office of Management and Budget will be combing through the federal budget looking for cuts and a presidential commission said all programs had to be on the table in the attempt to balance the budget. Read More...

Obama's USDA: Interview with Agriculture Secretary Vilsack

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said despite the Democrats’ losses in rural America in the 2010 congressional elections, he believes President Obama will do well when he runs for re-election in 2012. Even though the president is criticized by both organic and conventional farmers for not favoring one approach to agriculture, Vilsack said farmers will recognize that the Obama administration’s attempt to aid all types of agricultural production is the best way to proceed. Vilsack also said he still enjoys his job and has no plans to leave. Read More...