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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces New Global Open Data Partners and Measures to Enhance U.S.–Africa Trade at Africa Leaders Summit

USDA Latest News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2014 – This week, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack joined President Obama, members of Congress and other U.S. government officials to welcome African heads of state and government leaders for the first-ever Africa Leaders Summit. At the Summit, Vilsack announced four new partners in the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative and up to $1 billion in export credit guarantees that will enhance trade between the U.S. and Africa.
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USDA Announces Inclusion of Wood Products and Other Materials in BioPreferred Program

USDA Latest News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, August 6, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a final rule eliminating the restrictions on including mature market wood products and other materials in the BioPreferred program.
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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Provides Six-Month Update on Farm Bill Implementation Progress

USDA Latest News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced continued progress on implementing the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill), which President Obama signed into law nearly six months ago on Feb. 7, 2014. The 2014 Farm Bill reforms agricultural policy, reduces the deficit, and helps grow America’s economy.
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New Data Reflects the Continued Demand for Farmers Markets

USDA Latest News - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, Aug. 4, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Anne Alonzo announced over the weekend that USDA's National Farmers Market Directory now lists 8,268 markets, an increase of 76 percent since 2008.
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New USDA Conservation Partnership Program Receives Nearly 600 Initial Proposals

USDA Latest News - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, Aug. 4, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today that USDA's new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), which brings together businesses, tribes, communities and other non-government partners to invest in conservation efforts, has drawn an overwhelming response from partners across the nation. Nearly 5,000 organizations partnered together to submit nearly 600 pre-proposals by the July deadline.
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USDA Seeks Public Input to Increase Transparency of SNAP Retailer Data

USDA Latest News - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, August 4, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking public input concerning a proposal to provide more information to the public about the amount of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits used by participants at individual grocery stores and retailers.
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FACT SHEET: Biogas Opportunities Roadmap: Voluntary Actions to Reduce Methane Emissions, Increase Energy Independence and Grow the Economy

USDA Latest News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 11:00pm
In his Climate Action Plan, released in June 2013, President Obama directed the Administration to develop a comprehensive, interagency strategy to reduce methane emissions and promote cutting-edge technologies that help farmers, energy companies, and communities convert methane into a renewable energy source and grow America's biogas energy industry.
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USDA Announces Additional Food Safety Requirements, New Inspection System for Poultry Products

USDA Latest News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced a critical step forward in making chicken and turkey products safer for Americans to eat.
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USDA Announces Grants to Community Partners to Create Jobs and Strengthen Small Rural Businesses

USDA Latest News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA has selected 10 rural microenterprises to receive grants totaling $300,000 that will support job growth and business development in several rural communities.
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Greenhouse Gas Report to Assist Producers Facing Climate Challenges

USDA Latest News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a report that, for the first time, provides uniform scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and carbon storage from various land management and conservation activities.
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USDA Implements Key Farm Bill Crop Insurance Provision

USDA Latest News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, July 29, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced continued progress in implementing provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill that will strengthen and expand insurance coverage options for farmers and ranchers.
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USDA Announces Grants to Help Veterans and Minority Farmers Get Started in Agriculture

USDA Latest News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, July 29, 2014 — Today, USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced the availability of over $9 million in outreach and technical assistance for minority farmers and ranchers and military veterans that are new to farming and ranching.
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White House Rural Council Announces $10 Billion Private Investment Fund to Finance Job-Creating Infrastructure Projects in Rural America

USDA Latest News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, July 24, 2014 - The White House Rural Council today announced the creation of the new U.S. Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund through which private entities can invest in job-creating rural infrastructure projects across the country. An initial $10 billion has been committed to the fund with greater investment expected to follow.
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USDA Selects 36 Energy Facilities to Accept Biomass Deliveries

USDA Latest News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has selected 36 energy facilities in 14 states to accept biomass deliveries supported by the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Biomass owners who supply these facilities may qualify for BCAP delivery assistance starting July 28, 2014.
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USDA Secretary Announces Creation of Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research

USDA Latest News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2014 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the creation of the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR) and the appointment of a 15-member board of directors. The new foundation will leverage public and private resources to increase the scientific and technological research, innovation, and partnerships critical to boosting America's agricultural economy.
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USDA Reminds Farmers of 2014 Farm Bill Conservation Compliance Changes

USDA Latest News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today reminded producers that changes mandated through the 2014 Farm Bill require them to have on file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification (AD-1026). The Farm Bill relinked highly erodible land conservation and wetland conservation compliance with eligibility for premium support paid under the federal crop insurance program.
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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Proclaims August 3-9 National Farmers Market Week

USDA Latest News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, July 21, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared August 3 through 9, 2014, "National Farmers Market Week". Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate our nation's thousands of farmers markets, farmers who make them possible and the communities that host them.
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USDA Awards Grants to Native American Communities to Strengthen Small Businesses and Create Jobs

USDA Latest News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, July 21, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is providing support to Native American communities in 18 states to help strengthen tribal business and create jobs. The funding is from USDA's Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program, which promotes the development of small and emerging businesses in rural areas.
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Watershed Rehabilitation Funding to Repair Dams in 26 States

USDA Latest News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:00pm
PERRY, Oklahoma, July 18, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that communities across the nation will benefit from a $262 million investment to rehabilitate dams that provide critical infrastructure and protect public health and safety.
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USDA Provides Aid to 73,000 Rural Californians Impacted by Drought

USDA Latest News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:00pm
FARMERSVILLE, Calif., July 18, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced USDA is providing $9.7 million in emergency water assistance to 73,000 residents in 11 California counties experiencing the driest year on record.
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