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Vilsack Travels to Europe Next Week to Discuss Expanding Trade Opportunities

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, June 13, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will travel to Europe next week to meet with agricultural and trade officials and stakeholders to discuss the expansion of agricultural trade, the importance of agriculture’s role in the U.S.-European Union (EU) Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP), and the benefits the trade agreement will have to both the American and European economies. The Secretary’s trip will include meetings and site visits in Brussels, Luxembourg City, Paris and Dublin.
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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Economic Development Funding to Create Jobs and Economic Opportunities in Rural Communities

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, June 12, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of 48 community-based organizations in 26 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for grants to promote economic growth, support rural business development and create jobs.
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USDA Announces New Farm Bill Funds Available for Research to Fight Citrus Greening

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, June 12, 2014 – United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of $25 million in funding for research and Cooperative Extension Service projects to combat huanglongbing (HLB), commonly known as citrus greening disease. The funding comes from the 2014 Farm Bill.
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USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Help Repair Housing in Rural Areas

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, June 11, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is seeking applications for grants to preserve and repair housing for very-low- and low-income families living in rural areas.
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USDA Awards Loans and Grants to Support Rural Economic Development

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, June 10, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the award of $22.5 million in loans and grants for organizations in nine states to promote rural economic development.
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USDA Announces Funding Availability for Biomass Crops for Energy

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, June 9, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting applications June 16 from energy facilities interested in receiving forest or agricultural residues to generate clean energy.
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Obama Administration Announces Additional Support to Help Communities Boost Local Food Economies

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 11:00pm
Washington, D.C., June 9, 2014 -- Today, on behalf of the White House Rural Council, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Local Food, Local Places, a federal initiative that will provide direct technical support to rural communities to help them build strong local food systems as part of their community's economic action plans.
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USDA Releases State by State Impacts of Limited Wildfire Suppression In Recent Years

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, June 9, 2014 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture today released information showing how limited federal firefighting budgets have impacted states over the last two fiscal years (FYs 2012 and 2013). The state-by-state report provides examples of how funding for local wildfire preparedness, forest restoration, and other activities in nearly every state across the country has been used to instead fight fires when wildfire suppression budgets did not fully cover firefighting costs.
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