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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency maintains an extensive online database that provides insight on facility inspections. The above photo shows where various Cargill facilities are located.

Cargill settles with EPA over Clean Air Act violations

Cargill, Inc. has reached a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over allegations that the privately-held agribusiness company violated terms of the Clean Air Act at an Iowa vitamin-E manufacturing facility. Under its terms, Cargill will pay a $110,000 civil penalty, while also agreeing to a special project aimed at avoiding future problems for one year.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack talks with Tim Mies, director of the Energy Farm on Sept. 10, 2015. The farm is just south of Urbana, Ill.

U.S. Ag secretary talks food insecurity challenges

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack spoke about global food insecurity and hunger on Thursday at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During his speech, Vilsack highlighted a recently released USDA report that found roughly 14 percent of Americans are food insecure.