Walking a tightrope: Secretary Vilsack on U.S. agricultural policy

On October 5, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack came to Minneapolis to deliver the fifth and last Freeman Lecture at the University of Minnesota. The lecture’s namesake, Orville Freeman, was governor of Minnesota and then Secretary of Agriculture during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations (1960–68).

Can food reserves address global hunger?

Almost since the beginning of time, people have put food away in times of plenty to ensure they have food in times of need. Many countries, including the United States, have utilized food reserves over the years for a number of reasons like addressing hunger, stabilizing food prices and ensuring a fair return to farmers.

Another take on the WTO and food systems

What can the World Trade Organization (WTO) contribute toward addressing global hunger? IATP asked four experts from the Philippines, France, India and the U.S. at last week’s WTO Public Forum in Geneva. You can listen to the discussion here.

Biomass program rolls out, raises eyebrows

The Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), launched in the last Farm Bill, was hailed as an opportunity to spur the wider adoption of new, more sustainable crops to feed a growing bioeconomy. Now, we are reminded once again that the intent of legislation and real-world implemention are two different things.

Aspen fading fast

Entire groves at 7,000 feet are dying after a decade of drought and fire exclusion.Arizona Daily Sun

Vanishing Aspens

Scientists report that drought conditions in the Rocky Mountain West are contributing to SAD, Sudden Aspen Decline.Living on Earth

USDA Secretary Outlines Forest Policy

The vision for future forest policy recently revealed by the Obama Administration had a broad scope that could appeal to many sides, but lacked key tangible details.TimberLine