Inflation Reduction Act to Rewrite Embattled Black Farmer Relief Program

To circumvent legal objections, the new law will provide aid to farmers who have faced discrimination, regardless of their race.

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U.S. Military Airlifts Baby Formula From Europe

A shipment that arrived on Sunday was the first of two intended to address shortages in the United States. Another shipment is set to arrive this week, the White House said.

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Organic Milk Farmers in Northeast Under Pressure as Processors Look West

Organic milk has been a lifeline for small farms in Maine and other New England states. Now those farms are facing trouble as milk processors look to huge dairies in Western states.

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Banks Fight $4 Billion Debt Relief Plan for Black Farmers

Lenders are pressuring the Agriculture Department to give them more money, saying quick repayments will cut into profits.

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Biden Effort to Combat Hunger Marks ‘a Profound Change’

As millions of Americans lack enough to eat, the administration is rapidly increasing aid — with an eye toward a permanent safety net expansion.

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Biden Administration Ramps Up Debt Relief Program to Help Black Farmers

The initiative, which is being run through the Agriculture Department, is at the center of the White House’s racial equity agenda.

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With Biden Behind on Confirmations, Senators Are Overloaded With Hearings

Senators pressed through hours of backlogged confirmation hearings on Tuesday as pressure intensified to get the president’s cabinet picks through the process.

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Joe Biden and Tom Vilsack’s Big Plan to Save Rural America

Joe Biden and Tom Vilsack plan to take swift action on climate change proposals.

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How America’s Food System Could Change Under Biden

New school meal standards? Help for small farmers? Maybe, but first the new administration has to deal with hunger, food safety and a diminished U.S.D.A.

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Biden’s Choice of Vilsack for U.S.D.A. Raises Fears for Small Farmers

Democrats have struggled to win voters in rural America and critics say the return of Tom Vilsack, a former agriculture secretary, won’t help.

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Biden’s Iowa Bus Tour Is Headed for a D.C. Reunion

A year ago, Joe Biden was on a grim bus tour through Iowa, joined by many old friends, including Tom Vilsack and John Kerry. Now Mr. Biden wants to bring some of the crew back to Washington with him.

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Biden Picks Marcia Fudge for HUD and Tom Vilsack for Agriculture Secretary

Ms. Fudge, a House member from Ohio, would be the second African-American Biden cabinet member chosen in two days. Mr. Vilsack would reprise his role from the Obama administration.

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A Fight Over Agriculture Secretary Could Decide the Direction of Hunger Policy

The delicate proxy clash has pitted Democrats eager to emphasize issues like hunger and nutrition against traditionalists who believe the department should represent rural America.

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