Opinion: Supreme Court needs to rule in favor of SNAP data transparency

The Food Marketing Institute is trying to conceal how taxpayer dollars are being spent by recipients of the Supplemental Food Assistance Program. To date it’s been an almost eight-year court battle between South Dakota's Argus Leader newspaper and USDA and FMI.

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.

Government looks to counter SNAP recipient fraud

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more commonly known as "SNAP," takes up about 80 percent of the 2014 Farm Bill, a chunk worth between $70 and $80 billion a year. While the program helps provide groceries to tens of millions of Americans, a recent report found that the program may be susceptible to fraud.

USDA recovers nearly $84 million; boxed beef needs more inspection

Food Safety and Inspection Service needs to improve its inspection of ground beef at post slaughter facilities such as grocery stores and restaurants, according to a recent federal report; hundreds have been arrested, indicted or convicted under USDA investigations over the course of six months.