President Barack Obama is teeing off his Martha's Vineyard vacation with his favorite pastime _ golfing. Obama hit the Farm Neck Golf Club for his first outing of a weeklong stay on the exclusive Massachusetts island, (Aug. 11)
John L: Last month, about 60 members of Congress wrote a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting the agency "make an immediate market injection and offer financial assistance" to help the U.S. dairy industry. One of the biggest beneficiaries of the government's largesse is berry farmers. The cranberry industry received almost one-third of the USDA's total spending last year on Section 32. After receiving $98.6 million in purchases last year, another $27.5 million worth of cranberry concentrate buys was announced this summer.