Small farms are being squeezed out of the American agriculture equation. Is the Biden administration helping or hurting small farmer's cause? This interview previously aired on Peacock on April 19, 2021. Sam Seder discusses the Biden administration's policy toward small farmers with TYT Investigates editor-in-chief Jonathan Larsen.
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"Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s choice of communications chief is rankling progressive and rural family farmers already concerned that Vilsack favors big agriculture at the expense of family farms.
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Director of Communications Matt Herrick, appointed by Vilsack on Jan. 21, was previously a senior vice president at a national trade group called the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA). Herrick had worked for Vilsack before, during Vilsack’s USDA tenure under Pres. Obama.
With one exception, farm groups contacted by TYT voiced no specific concerns about Herrick. But all were displeased with Vilsack pulling top people from big agriculture, specifically IDFA. The IDFA spent $750,000 on lobbying last year, including pushing multiple positions directly to the USDA.
The USDA press office did not immediately respond to TYT’s emailed questions, including whether Herrick will recuse himself from matters related to the IDFA or dairy generally. The IDFA also did not respond to questions from TYT, including a request for its 2019 tax filing, which it is required by law to make available to the public. In the absence of that filing, Herrick’s IDFA compensation remains unknown; its 2018 filing shows base compensation for officers at Herrick’s level ranging from $267,000 to $414,500."
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