News & Events

World’s Largest Organic Rooftop Farm Powered 100% by Renewables Opens in Chicago

Published Nov. 25, 2015

“With more than $1 billion in venture capital invested in the city in 2014, Chicago continues to emerge as the country’s newest hot spot for innovation and growing companies,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said.

USDA pushes link between schools, and local farmers, ranchers

Published Nov. 18, 2015

USDA is working to help schools buy more local fresh foods from farmers and ranchers with the release of nearly $5 million in grants for 74 projects in 39 states. In the release, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, notes: “Farm to school programs work – for schools, for producers and for communities

USDA Forecasts 38% Drop in Farm Income

Published Nov. 25, 2015

Net U.S. farm income will drop 38% this year to $55.9 billion, the lowest level in more than a decade, reflecting depressed crop prices and softening dairy and hog markets, federal forecasters said Tuesday.

U.S. agriculture secretary visits Cuba to promote trade

Published Nov. 16, 2015

Vilsack on Wednesday became the third U.S. Cabinet secretary to visit Cuba this year, holding a series of meetings with Cuban officials on topics like fruit and vegetable export certification and field inspections aimed at laying the groundwork for future agricultural trade between the U.S. and Cuba.

Trafficking: In Florida's tomato fields, a fight for ethical farm labor grows

Published Nov. 17, 2015

For most of Immokalee’s field hands, blatant wage abuses and physical cruelty have largely vanished from the tomato rows. Workers hope to use 'fair food' labels to spread those reforms to rest of America's farmland.