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Arctic Grayling Does Not Warrant Protection Under Endangered Species Act Due to Collaborative Partnerships

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:00pm
MONTANA, August 19, 2014 -– The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today its finding that the Upper Missouri River Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the Arctic grayling does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
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More than 1.6 Million Worldwide to Benefit from USDA International Assistance Program

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service today announced funding for seven international projects through the 2014 Food for Progress Program. In total, more than 1.6 million people will directly benefit from the program this year.
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USDA Invests New Conservation Funds to Improve Lake Erie Water Quality

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, August 19, 2014--Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that $2 million in conservation funds will be sent to Ohio to help implement conservation techniques that will help improve water quality. The Secretary said USDA is also partnering with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to expand “boots-on-the-ground” capacity in the area and will be contributing an additional $1 million in technical assistance which will in turn be leveraged by the NFWF along with other public and private entities.
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Parents Projected to Spend $245,340 to Raise a Child Born in 2013, According to USDA Report

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, August 18, 2014 - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its annual report, Expenditures on Children and Families, also known as the Cost of Raising a Child.
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USDA Funds Broadband Expansion in Rural Minnesota, North Dakota and Texas

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today awarded nearly $40 million in loans for new or improved broadband service in rural parts of Minnesota, North Dakota and Texas.
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USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Increase Economic Opportunity and Improve the Quality of Life in Rural Areas

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, Aug., 13, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is seeking applications for grants that will be awarded to organizations to provide critical financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop and strengthen their capacity to carryout housing, community facilities and community and economic development projects.
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Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden Announces Funding for Research to Benefit Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2014 — Today, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced the availability of $400,000 in funding to establish the Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Policy Research Center.
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USDA Announces Selection of Advisory Committee Members to Help Guide Management of Public Forests and Grasslands

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, August 12, 2014—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of 21 new members to the Planning Rule Federal Advisory Committee (FACA), which provides guidance and recommendations on management of America’s national forests on Planning Rule implementation of the 2012 Planning Rule.
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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Retirement of Juan M. Garcia

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, August 7, 2014—U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today made the following statement on the retirement of USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan M. Garcia:
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USDA Partners with States, Tribes to Improve Public Access on Private Lands

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, August 7, 2014—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today that the Department of Agriculture will partner with nine State agencies and with the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakima Nation to increase recreational and economic opportunities on private lands. Funding is provided through USDA’s Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.
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U.S. Forest Service Will Award $14 Million for Working Forests

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, August 6, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Forest Service will award more than $14 million in funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to seven Forest Legacy Program projects aimed at protecting over 28,000 acres of working forests.
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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