In addition, the site provides a link to all USDA
state and local offices and energy resource coordinators.
While the damage awards and debt relief are vital elements of this settlement, the Native American Farmer and Rancher Council will help ensure that the reforms to USDA
's programs are lasting and that USDA
honors the civil rights of Native Americans for years to come," said Plaintiffs' co-counsel David Frantz, partner, Conlon, Frantz & Phelan.
Recommendation: To improve USDA
efforts to address civil rights issues and the participation of minority farmers and ranchers in USDA
programs, the Secretary of Agriculture should obtain an expert, independent, and objective legal examination of the basis, quality, and adequacy of a sample of USDA
's prior investigations and decisions on civil rights complaints, along with suggestions for improvement.
NAIS is a top USDA
priority," said William Hawks, USDA
Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs.
The ruling got a mixed reaction from Canada, with Canadian beef exporters concerned about how long it will take for USDA
to issue its final rule and what impact some additional technicalities may have on their operations.
Ironically, just a month before, the USDA
proposed relaxing its standards on the importation of cows.
Free range: Regulated by the USDA
for poultry and means the animal was free to roam outdoors.
NAL has combined funding from USDA
agencies to acquire licenses to more than 7,000 information resources for a one-year pilot.
Our help desk was receiving more than 100 calls per day, which was hardly manageable," said Hans Heidenreich, project director for PeopleSoft systems at USDA
added its name to this growing list when USDA
for Kids first went online in 1998.
Taking additional new precautions, the USDA
has increased the inspection, cleaning, and disinfecting of all farm equipment entering the U.
But Kevin Herglotz, a USDA
spokesman, defends the ban.