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Specialty Crop Committee to Host Public Meeting

USDA Latest News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014 – The Specialty Crop Committee will meet on Oct. 1 and 2 in Washington, DC, to provide consultation to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) on the relevancy review process for the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI).
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Secretary Kerry, Secretary Vilsack Launch Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture

USDA Latest News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 11:00pm
Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack launched the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture on Wednesday to promote greater international engagement on ways agriculture can help reduce the impact of climate change.
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U.S. Forest Service Encourages Participation in Public Lands Day

USDA Latest News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014 — The U.S. Forest Service is offering a fee-free day on Sept. 27, 2014 in conjunction with the 21st annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the Nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands projects that ensure sustainable ecosystems and promote vibrant communities.
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USDA Announces $59 Million in Loans and Grants to Increase Economic Opportunity, Support Rural Microenterprise Development

USDA Latest News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 11:00pm
PIKEVILLE, Ky., Sept. 24, 2014 – USDA Rural Development Acting Under Secretary Doug O'Brien today announced the selection of 78 utilities and development organizations for loans and grants to support rural business activities that will boost economic growth in rural communities.
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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Formation of the New Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture

USDA Latest News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 11:00pm
The Obama Administration today announced the launch of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture, a new effort to promote greater international engagement on ways agriculture can help mitigate the impact of climate change.
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USDA Requests Applications for Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center

USDA Latest News - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that up to $2.5 million is available to establish the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center. This competitive grant is part of USDA’s efforts to reduce childhood food insecurity in rural communities in America.
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Secretary Vilsack Reappoints Members to the National Genetic Resources Advisory Council

USDA Latest News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the reappointment of four individuals to serve on the National Genetic Resources Advisory Council (NGRAC), a subcommittee of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board.
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Obama Administration Announces Competition to Designate Next Round of Promise Zones

USDA Latest News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2014 - U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, joined U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan to announce a competition to designate a new round of Promise Zones.
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USDA Announces Additional Support for Citrus Growers Impacted by HLB

USDA Latest News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made new financial assistance available to eligible Florida citrus growers for the removal of trees afflicted with Huanglongbing (HLB, also known as citrus greening) and for replanting groves with new healthy stock. The support comes through USDA's Tree Assistance Program.
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Secretary Vilsack Highlights Innovative Conservation Efforts during Midwest Farm Visit

USDA Latest News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 11:00pm
MOLINE, Ill., Sept. 15, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the award of $15.7 million in Conservation Innovation Grants (CIGs) to 47 organizations that will help develop and demonstrate cutting-edge ideas to accelerate innovation in private lands conservation. The Secretary made the announcement while visiting a farm in Illinois.
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USDA Announces Investments to Increase Economic Activity in Rural Areas and on Native Lands

USDA Latest News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 11:00pm
BURLINGTON, Vt., Sept. 12, 2014 – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced that USDA is investing in rural businesses and development organizations to spur economic growth in rural areas and in Tribal communities.
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USDA Announces Major Investments to Modernize Service, Improve the Reliability of Rural Electric Systems

USDA Latest News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is investing more than $518 million in rural electric cooperatives to improve the delivery of electric power to communities in 15 states. This funding is part of nearly $50 billion that USDA has invested in infrastructure improvements since 2009.
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Secretary Vilsack Appoints Members to the Council for Native American Farming and Ranching

USDA Latest News - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2014--Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the re-appointment of eight members and the appointment of three new members to the Council for Native American Farming and Ranching.
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USDA Provides $328 Million to Conserve Wetlands and Farmland, Boost Economy

USDA Latest News - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that $328 million in conservation funding is being invested to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the nation. The USDA initiative will benefit wildlife and promote outdoor recreation and related sectors of the economy.
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USDA Announces Loan Guarantee to Help Innovative Company Turn Waste Into Renewable Jet Fuel

USDA Latest News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 11:00pm
LAS VEGAS, Sept. 4, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA has closed on a loan guarantee to Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels, LLC to build a biorefinery to produce jet fuel from municipal solid waste.
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Livestock Producers Urged to Enroll in Disaster Assistance Program by Oct. 1

USDA Latest News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses to act to secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted before that date.
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USDA Announces First Quarter Sugar Feedstock Flexibility Program Expectations and Sugar Tariff Rate Quotas for Fiscal Year 2015

USDA Latest News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) today announced that it does not expect to purchase sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program in fiscal year 2015.
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Enrollment for New Dairy Farm Risk Management Program to Begin Sept. 2

USDA Latest News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that starting Sept. 2, 2014, farmers can enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.
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USDA to Invest $45 Million to Improve Water Quality in Lake Champlain

USDA Latest News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:00pm
BURLINGTON, VERMONT, Aug. 28, 2014-– Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that up to $45 million will be provided to protect and improve soil and water quality in the Lake Champlain Basin in Vermont over the next five years.
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Interior, USDA Partnership Protects and Restores Important Central Arizona Watershed

USDA Latest News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:00pm
PAYSON, Arizona, Aug. 27, 2014 – Interior Deputy Secretary Michael Connor and Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Robert Bonnie joined state, local and private partners today to mark the signing of a new joint watershed restoration agreement for C.C. Cragin Reservoir in Central Arizona. The agreement is a pilot project of the Western Watershed Enhancement Partnership, aimed at reducing the risks of costly wildfires and their impact on western watersheds as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.
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