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Government sets up Web site for food stamp eligibility

...stamps and how much assistance they could get, even if some cannot get on the Internet at home. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman said needy families who believe they qualify for food stamps can go to food banks and other centers or to government...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/06/06/fin_377660.shtml
Finance
Bush administration will seek $60 million in mad cow-related funds

...system, increased surveillance, research and development and faster responses to complaints, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman said at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's convention. Since the discovery of a cow infected with mad...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/01/30/bus_402757.shtml
Business
Farmers can receive disaster loan

...counties were named eligible for the loans under a disaster designation made this year by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman. The disaster period covers losses suffered between March 20 and Nov. 7, 2003. "I'm sure (rain) negatively...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/07/08/met_421452.shtml
Metro
Mad cow scare could spur move to high-tech livestock tracking

...where it went - a crucial step in a disease outbreak or a terrorist assault on the food supply. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman said Tuesday that the government would speed development of the system but offered no details. For now, inspectors...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/01/01/bus_399481.shtml
Business
Agriculture Department looks at revamping biotech rules

...is studying whether to adopt a risk-based system to protect the environment and food supply. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman said her agency is doing environmental studies as a first step toward revamping controls over biotech products. Federal...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/01/24/liv_402128.shtml
Life & style
Farmers receive aid for Frances

...loans to help with losses suffered last month during Hurricane Frances. U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman approved the disaster status for the affected areas, which includes much of the region in and around Augusta and Athens...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/10/06/bus_430455.shtml
Business
Food stamp program goes electronic

...In the electronic age, the term "food stamps" no longer has the right ring for the program, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman said Tuesday. She said her department will ask for suggestions for a new name "to better reflect the mission of this...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/06/23/liv_419875.shtml
Life & style
Orthodox Jews: eating kosher beef might protect against mad cow

...Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, said that two of the new preventive measures announced by Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman last week are already part of traditional kosher slaughtering: -Banning from the human food chain all "downers...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/01/07/foo_400121.shtml
Food
Possible mad cow case found

...decade, a result of drought, growing demand and Canada's case of mad cow disease. -Dec. 23: Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman announces first suspected appearance of mad cow disease in the United States. Japan and South Korea halt U.S. beef...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/11/19/bus_434878.shtml
Business
Slaughterhouse owners: Holstein with mad cow was not lame

...Government Reform Committee, which challenged the department's claims in a letter sent Tuesday to Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman. Eating meat from animals with mad cow has been linked to a rare but fatal condition in people, variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/02/20/liv_405234.shtml
Life & style