Department of Agriculture
See also nominee Sonny Perdue.
|2016.11.30||The Agriculture Department says Cuba has the potential to increase production of crops if foreign investment were to expand, but the industry is anxious about Trump's lack of a clear position on Cuba. agweb.com (See also Cuba)|
|2017.01.18||Trump's pick for Agriculture Secretary is former GA governor Sonny Perdue. nytimes.com (See also Sonny Perdue)|
|2017.01.19||Farmers hope Agriculture nominee Sonny Perdue will help Trump roll back regulations on animal welfare, the environment, and more. chicagotribune.com (See also Sonny Perdue)|
|2017.01.24||Efforts to mute federal employees are occurring to varying degrees in the EPA, and departments of the Interior, Transportation, Agriculture and Health and Human services. politico.com (See also First 100 Days, Assaults on Facts, First Amendment, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Transportation, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of the Interior)|
|2017.01.24||USA Scientists have been put on lockdown under Trump buzzfeed.com (See also Assaults on Facts)|
"Starting immediately and until further notice" the department's main research division "will not release any public-facing documents," according to an internal memo.
|2017.01.25||A freeze on external communications from the EPA, Depts. of the Interior, Agriculture, and Health and Human Services, is ordered. nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Assaults on Facts, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of the Interior, Environmental Protection Agency)|
|2017.01.25||The USDA rescinds order stopping staff from releasing any "news releases, photos, fact sheets, news feeds, and social media content." thehill.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.03||USDA abruptly purges animal welfare information which had been freely available, were used to monitor animal treatment at circuses, scientific labs, breeding facilities and zoos from its website. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.07.20||The Department of Agriculture's chief scientist oversees more than 1,000 scientists in 100 research facilities: Trump's pick to run the agency is Sam Clovis, a climate-denying talk-radio host who not only lacks any kind of scientific degrees -- he didn't take a single science course at university. boingboing.net (See also Climate Change, Assaults on Facts, Assaults on Government)|
|2017.08.07||The decision to pull out of the TPP trade deal has become a double hit: the promised bump of $10 billion in agricultural output over 15 years, based on estimates by the U.S. International Trade Commission, won’t materialize, and Trump’s decision to withdraw from the pact also cleared the way for rival exporters such as Australia, New Zealand and the European Union to negotiate even lower tariffs with importing nations, creating potentially greater competitive advantages over U.S. exports. politico.com (See also Foreign Policy, Trans-Pacific Partnership)|
|2017.08.10||Sam Clovis, Donald Trump's pick to be chief scientist for the Department of Agriculture, pushed unfounded theories about then-President Barack Obama's upbringing and called then-Attorney General Eric Holder a "racist black." cnn.com (See also Racism, False Statements)|
Sam Clovis, Donald Trump's pick to be chief scientist for the Department of Agriculture, pushed unfounded theories about then-President Barack Obama's upbringing and called then-Attorney General Eric Holder a "racist black," a CNN KFile review of Clovis's writings and radio broadcasts during 2012 and 2013 has found.
|2017.09.21||Donald Trump’s appointees to jobs at the USDA include a long-haul truck driver, a country club cabana attendant, and the owner of a scented-candle company, among other campaign staff and volunteers who have no experience with federal policy, much less deep roots in agriculture, or even college degrees, normally required to qualify for higher government salaries. politico.com (See also Assaults on Government)|
|2017.11.02||Sam Clovis, an early backer backer of President Donald Trump caught up in the special counsel’s Russia investigation, has withdrawn his nomination to be a top official in the Agriculture Department. bloomberg.com (See also Trump Cabinet, Russian Meddling in Election, Assaults on Government, Resignations and Dismissals)|
It should be noted that Mr. Clovis had no scientific background.
|2018.08.16||Scientists are raising alarms over a Trump administration plan to overhaul two federal offices tasked with food and agriculture research, calling the move a ploy to slash funding to projects on climate change, nutrition and other top concerns. washingtonpost.com (See also Climate Change, Assaults on Government, Sonny Perdue)|
|2018.12.07||The Trump administration has finalized a rollback of school lunch regulations championed for years by former first lady Michelle Obama, relaxing restrictions on what can be served, and efforts to limit sodium content in school lunches have been delayed or partially eliminated. abcnews.go.com (See also Sonny Perdue, Reversals)|
|2018.12.20||The Trump administration unveiled a plan to force hundreds of thousands more Americans to hold jobs if they want to keep receiving food stamps, pursuing through executive powers what it could not achieve in Congress. washingtonpost.com (See also Americans in Poverty, Sonny Perdue)|
The move would bypass Congress after lawmakers declined to pass new work requirements as part of the farm bill.