February 5, 2014 |
WASHINGTON--The Obama administration has selected the locations for seven new regional centers that will help farmers and ranchers adjust to the increasing risks and extreme weather associated with climate change. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will announce the sites Wednesday, according to a White House official. President Obama unveiled the program this summer as part of his broader plan to address global warming. The centers, which the Agriculture Department calls climate hubs, will link local agriculture producers with universities, industry groups, state governments and federal agencies such as the Department of Interior and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
February 7, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Careful to not let a rare legislative accomplishment go unnoticed, President Obama will jet to an agricultural research hub in Michigan on Friday to sign into law the long-delayed farm bill and deliver a speech on the importance of rural America to the economy. In his brief trip to Michigan State University in East Lansing, Obama will outline a new administration-wide effort to boost exports from rural America and point to a new report from his economic team on the growth in the agricultural sector.
November 2, 2013 |
A plan to double film permit fees on public lands has produced a rare moment of bipartisanship in Washington. Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Los Angeles) joined more than 50 other representatives from both sides of the aisle this week, sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Interior and Department of Agriculture requesting that fees for filming on public lands not be increased. The departments, squeezed by budget cuts, are considering a plan that would double filming fees. On the set: movies and TV Cardenas and a bipartisan group of representatives contend the higher fees would drive more production out of the country.
November 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON--President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama spoke for 30 minutes Friday with about 20 activists who are fasting at the steps of the Capitol to an effort to pressure House Republicans to overhaul immigration laws. Three of the protesters, including labor leader Eliseo Medina, have not eaten in 18 days and are drinking only water. Sitting with the group inside a heated tent, Obama told the fasters that he supported their...
January 21, 2009 |
The Senate, acting within hours of President Obama's inauguration, confirmed six of his Cabinet secretaries and his budget director Tuesday, but postponed for one day a vote on the nomination of Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of State. Sen.
May 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The drought that caused record wildfires in California and other Western states last year is expected to persist through the summer, but fewer firefighters will battle this year's blazes in other regions because of federal budget cuts, top federal officials said Monday. The U.S. Forest Service will hire 500 fewer firefighters this year, the result of "line by line" budget reductions required by Congress, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a conference call with reporters.
May 13, 2000 |
Residents of Iowa and Kansas surveyed damage Friday from tornadoes that damaged scores of homes and businesses. A 4-year-old girl died in the aftermath of the storms, which also left three people injured. The girl died Friday after a porch roof, which was damaged at her Tonganoxie, Kan., home, collapsed onto her, officials said. The house was believed to have been hit by the tornado Thursday night.
January 21, 2007 |
Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas jumped into the 2008 presidential race Saturday, a favorite of the religious right now in a battle against better-known rivals for the GOP nomination. "My family and I are taking the first steps on the yellow brick road to the White House. It's a great journey," the two-term senator told hundreds of supporters. He pledged to fight for the nation's cultural values and to focus on rebuilding families.
December 13, 2006 |
Democratic Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich launched his second bid for president Tuesday, a longshot candidacy fueled by his frustration with his party's failed effort to end the Iraq war. "I am not going to stand by and watch thousands more of our brave, young men and women killed in Iraq," said Kucinich, a six-term liberal congressman from Cleveland, to applause from a crowd gathered at City Hall. "We Democrats were put back in power to bring some sanity back to our nation.
January 25, 2007 |
THE presidential dash for dollars is officially underway in Hollywood. On Wednesday, DreamWorks trio David Geffen, Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg sent a letter to 700 political donors and activists asking them to donate $2,300 per person to attend a reception for Sen. Barack Obama's presidential exploratory committee at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 20.