WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Shrinking budgets mean fewer firefighters will be available this summer even as unusually dry weather has increased the risk of fire in much of the U.S. West, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack warned on Monday. Full story
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The threatened layoff of all U.S. meat inspectors for two weeks is a misguided way to cut federal spending and flouts the government's responsibility to assure a reliable food supply, a key lawmaker said on Wednesday. Full story
More than half of Indiana is now suffering from drought conditions, with CNBC's Jane Wells and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack speaks about the drought during a press briefing at the White House in Washington July 18, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque