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Statement from Secretary Vilsack Celebrating Central State University's New Status as an 1890 Land-Grant Institution

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 11:00pm
WILBERFORCE, OHIO, October 7, 2014 — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today gave remarks at an event celebrating Central State University’s designation as an 1890 Land-Grant Institution. Central State University received the designation in the 2014 Farm Bill, signed in February.
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USDA Expands Access to Credit to Help More Beginning and Family Farmers

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2014 – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will improve farm loans by expanding eligibility and increasing lending limits to help more beginning and family farmers.
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USDA Guarantees $91 Million Investment In Innovative Louisiana Biofuel Plant

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:00pm
BATON ROUGE, La., Oct. 3, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a $91 million loan guarantee to help finance an innovative advanced biofuel plant in Rapides Parish, Louisiana.
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USDA Invests Nearly $118 Million to Support America's Specialty Crop Producers

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:00pm
MIAMI, Fla, Oct. 2, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced nearly $118 million in grants to strengthen markets for specialty crops, such as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, horticulture and nursery crops.
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USDA Helps Deliver the Latest in Innovative Agricultural Methods to Small, Socially Disadvantaged Agricultural Producers

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, October 1, 2014 - Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today awarded 17 grants in 12 states to help small, socially disadvantaged agricultural producers expand their operations and create jobs.
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United States and Brazil Reach Agreement to End WTO Cotton Dispute

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 - Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced that the United States and Brazil have reached agreement to settle the longstanding Cotton dispute in the World Trade Organization (WTO).
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Nation's Ag Co-ops Set Record for Annual Sales and Income

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the nation's farmer, rancher and fishery cooperatives set a new sales record in 2013, with total business volume of more than $246 billion. That surpasses the previous record, set in 2012, by $8 billion, a 4 percent gain.
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USDA Awards Over $52 Million in Grants to Grow Organic and Local Food Economies

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 11:00pm
DOSWELL, Va., Sept. 29, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the award of over $52 million in support of the growing organic industry and local and regional food systems through five U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant programs.
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USDA Announces up to $31 Million to Empower People to Make Healthy Eating Choices

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 11:00pm
Richmond, VA, Sept. 29, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is making up to $31.5 million in funding available to help participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) more easily afford healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables.
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USDA Implements New Farm Bill Provision for Peanut Producers

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a new peanut revenue policy that will be available for eligible peanut producers.
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USDA Invests $20 Million to Hire 11,000 Youth and Veterans on Forest Lands

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, September 26, 2014-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today that in fiscal year 2014, the U.S. Forest Service invested a total of $20 million in partnerships that supported work and training opportunities for 11,000 youth and veterans on national forests and grasslands. Service members worked on projects that addressed restoration, hazardous fuels, watershed protection, wilderness stewardship, recreation access, facilities management, trail maintenance, and other natural and cultural resource priorities.
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FACT SHEET - Secretary Kerry, Secretary Vilsack Launch Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 11:00pm
The United States is a founding member of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture. As part of its commitment to promoting climate smart agriculture around the world, the U.S. government supports the following initiatives:
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Specialty Crop Committee to Host Public Meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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