Moran said that Secretary of Agriculture Tom VilsackThomas James VilsackUSDA: Farm-to-school programs help schools serve healthier meals OVERNIGHT MONEY: House poised to pass debt-ceiling bill MORE agreed to remove the “Meatless Monday” language from its online newsletter, which had suggested Department of Agriculture (USDA) employees avoid eating meat and dairy products in their cafeteria on Mondays to help conserve the large amounts water and energy used in ranching.


“Never in my life would I have expected USDA to be opposed to farmers and ranchers,” Moran said. “American farmers and ranchers deserve a USDA that will pursue supportive policies rather than seek their further harm. With extreme drought conditions plaguing much of the United States, the USDA should be more concerned about helping drought-stricken producers rather than demonizing an industry reeling from the lack of rain.”

Ranchers and farmers are having a particularly hard year, with droughts affecting most of the Midwest. Kansas is the third-largest beef-producing state in the nation.

"I can tell you one thing, my family will be eating more beef, not less, on Mondays," Moran said.