Historic Farm Bill Funding Available to Organic Producers and Handlers

USDA Latest News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that approximately $13 million in Farm Bill funding is now available for organic certification cost-share assistance, making certification more accessible than ever for small certified producers and handlers.
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Research Projects to Improve Plant Feedstocks for Bioenergy Production

USDA Latest News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the selection of 10 projects that are being awarded funding aimed at accelerating genetic breeding programs to improve plant feedstocks for the production of biofuels, biopower, and biobased products.
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USDA Announces Funding to Improve Electric Systems in Rural Areas

USDA Latest News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, July 16, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is investing $236.3 million to help modernize and improve the reliability of rural electric systems in eight states.
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USDA Awards Funds to Promote Development of Rural Wood to Energy Projects

USDA Latest News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, July 15, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the award of more than $2.5 million in grants to develop wood energy teams in 11 states and an additional $1.25 million for nine wood energy projects.
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USDA Announces $4.3 million Investment in Eastern Kentucky

USDA Latest News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:00pm
LONDON, Ky., July 11, 2014 – U.S. Agriculture Rural Development Administrator for Rural Housing Services and Community Facilities Tony Hernandez announced $4.3 million to expand health care services and create local jobs in eastern Kentucky. The funds will increase hospital capacity, expand health care services, and create continued economic opportunity in the region.
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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Senate Confirmation of Darci Vetter as Chief Agricultural Negotiator

USDA Latest News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, July 10, 2014—U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today made the following statement on the Senate Confirmation of Darci Vetter as U.S. Chief Agricultural Negotiator:
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USDA Provides 12-Week Progress Update on Disaster Assistance

USDA Latest News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provided a 12-week progress report on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs today, announcing that USDA has processed 106,000 payments to farmers in 40 states across the country who suffered livestock and grazing losses between October 2011 and passage of the 2014 Farm Bill.
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