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Obama Administration Hosts First "Made in Rural America" Forum to Promote Rural Exports

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 11:00pm
Canonsburg, PA, June 4, 2014 -- The White House Rural Council today held the first “Made in Rural America” regional export forum with business owners and local leaders in Canonsburg. The one day meeting was hosted by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack delivered the keynote address. The forum kicks off a series that will include four additional forums to be headlined by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Small Business Administration Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, Export-Import Bank Chairman Fred Hochberg, and United States Trade Representative Michael Froman.
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USDA Announces Programs to Conserve Sensitive Land and Help Beginning Farmers

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, June 4, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that farmers, ranchers and landowners committed to protecting and conserving environmentally sensitive land may sign up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) beginning June 9. The Secretary also announced that retiring farmers enrolled in CRP could receive incentives to transfer a portion of their land to beginning, disadvantaged or veteran farmers through the Transition Incentives Program (TIP).
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USDA Selects 2014 Class of E. Kika De La Garza Fellows

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, June 3, 2014 – The USDA today announced the 15 members of the 2014 class of the E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program.
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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Kicks off the 2014 "Feds Feed Families" Nationwide Food Drive

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, June 2, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today kicked off the 6th annual Feds Feed Families Campaign at the USDA Headquarters in Washington D.C. The food drive is an annual event in which Federal employees in the Washington metropolitan area and around the country collect food for distribution by food banks, food pantries, and shelters.
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USDA Celebrates Homeownership Month

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, May 30, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today kicked-off National Homeownership Month by highlighting USDA’s record delivery of single-family housing assistance to rural families and encouraging rural residents to purchase or refinance homes in rural areas.
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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Updated Forecast for U.S. Agricultural Exports

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, May 29, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture today released its Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade report. USDA projects that Fiscal Year 2014 agricultural exports will reach $149.5 billion, an estimated $6.9 billion higher than previous estimates and, if realized, a new record for American agricultural exports.
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USDA Awarding $6 Million to Prepare Farmers for New Farm Bill Programs

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, May 29, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding $6 million to universities and cooperative state extension services to develop online decision tools and other materials and train experts to educate producers about several key farm bill programs. The new Web tools will help farmers and ranchers determine what participation in programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill will mean for their businesses.
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Coming Together for Conservation: New Approach, More Partners

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 11:00pm
Yesterday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack launched a new era in American conservation efforts with an historic focus on public-private partnership. The Regional Conservation Partnership Program will competitively award funds to conservation projects designed by local partners specifically for their region. With participating partners investing along with the Department, USDA's $1.2 billion in funding over the life of the five-year program can leverage an additional $1.2 billion from partners for a total of $2.4 billion for conservation. $400 million in USDA funding is available in the first year. Through RCPP, partners propose conservation projects to improve soil health, water quality and water use efficiency, wildlife habitat, and other related natural resources on private lands. For more information on yesterday's announcement, click here:
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