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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces Increased Opportunity for Producers as part of New Farm Bill

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, March 24, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced increased opportunity for producers as a result of the 2014 Farm Bill. A fact sheet outlining modifications to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Farm Loan Programs is available here.
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Voluntary Conservation Effort Promotes Improved Lesser Prairie-chicken Habitat

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, March 21, 2014 - Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Robert Bonnie announced today a renewed and expanded partnership to provide expert habitat advice to farmers and ranchers managing land within lesser prairie-chicken range.
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USDA Demonstration Projects Will Provide Funding To Fight Hunger, Nourish Families

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 20, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced new funding opportunities for state agencies and Indian tribal organizations to develop innovative strategies to prevent hunger and food insecurity. The demonstration projects under the new initiative are designed to find solutions so that no child goes hungry.
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USDA Announces Growth of U.S. Organic Industry and Additional USDA Support Available with New Farm Bill

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, March 20, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced new figures today that show the organic industry continues to grow domestically and globally, with over 25,000 certified organic operations in more than 120 different countries around the world.
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USDA Announces Funds to Improve SNAP Employment and Training Programs

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 20, 2014 – The U. S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service today announced the availability of up to $5 million in competitive grants to help fund projects that lead to greater efficiencies and improved outcomes of Employment and Training (E&T) services supported by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
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USDA Announces Support for Innovative, Sustainable Wood Building Materials to Protect Environment and Create Jobs

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2014 - At a meeting hosted by the White House Rural Council today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new partnership to train architects, engineers and builders about the benefits of advanced wood building materials, and plans for a forthcoming prize competition to design and build high-rise wood demonstration projects.
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New Report: USDA Rural Development Initiatives Created 75,000 Jobs in 2013

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, March 13, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today issued a report highlighting the impact of more than $33 billion in USDA investments to support rural businesses, infrastructure and housing in 2013.
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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, March 13, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement today:
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USDA Awards Grants to Develop Obesity Prevention Programs

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 11:00pm
ARLINGTON, VA - March 12, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will make three grants totaling $5 million to universities to develop childhood obesity prevention programs. Vilsack made the announcement during the keynote address before the 2014 National PTA Legislative Conference in Arlington, VA.
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USDA Announces Support for Smarter Lunchrooms

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, March 12, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $5.5 million in new grants to support schools as they continue to provide school lunches and breakfasts that give children the nutrition they need to learn and grow. Over 90 percent of schools are successfully meeting new meal nutrition standards, serving meals with more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein and low-fat dairy, and less sodium and fat. These new grants provide support to schools to help them achieve or continue to meet those standards. The grants focus on implementation of Smarter Lunchrooms strategies, a broad toolkit of easy-to-implement, evidence-based practices designed to increase consumption of healthier foods and decrease plate waste.
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USDA Announces Efforts to Expand Support for Small and Mid-Sized Farmers and Ranchers

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 11:00pm
SANTE FE, N.M., March 10, 2014 –Today in remarks at the National Farmers Union National Convention, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced new and expanded efforts to connect small- and mid-sized farmers and ranchers with USDA resources that can help them build stronger businesses, expand to reach new and larger markets, and grow their operations.
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USDA Announces 2014 Farm Bill Stakeholder Meeting Dates

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014—The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced a series of meetings to share information with stakeholders about the 2014 Farm Bill implementation process, including:
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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Proposed FY 2015 Budget

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, March 4, 2014—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today made the following statement on the proposed FY 2015 budget:
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Secretary Vilsack Addresses Commodity Classic on Farm Bill Implementation

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 12:00am
SECRETARY VILSACK: Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you very much. It's great to be back at Commodity Classic. And I want to start off this morning with a couple of thank you's to every single person in this audience and to producers around the country.
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USDA Finalizes Changes to the WIC Program, Expanding Access to Healthy Fruits and Vegetables, Whole Grains, and Low-Fat Dairy for Women, Infants, and Children

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 12:00am
Washington, D.C., Feb. 28, 2014 – The U. S. Department of Agriculture today finalized changes to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) to further improve the nutrition and health of the nation’s low-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants and young children. The changes – which increase access to fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy – are based on the latest nutrition science.
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USDA Awards Grants to Support Research, Teaching and Extension Programs at 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Colleges and Universities

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, February 26, 2014—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced 76 grants totaling more than $35 million to support research, teaching and Extension activities at 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Colleges and Universities through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Today’s announcement builds on USDA’s ongoing efforts to foster strong partnerships with the 1890 community, ensure equal access to USDA programs and services, and support educational opportunities for the next generation of farmers and ranchers.
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Agriculture Secretary Announces $3 Million for a New Program to Improve Pollinator Health

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide close to $3 million in technical and financial assistance for interested farmers and ranchers to help improve the health of bees, which play an important role in crop production. The funding is a focused investment to improve pollinator health and will be targeted in five Midwestern states, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
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The White House and USDA Announce School Wellness Standards

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2014 – Today, First Lady Michelle Obama joins U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to announce proposed guidelines for local school wellness policies.
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USDA Announces New Grants to Help Communities Meet Water Challenges in Coming Years

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will make $6 million in grants available this year, and up to $30 million total over the next five years as part of a new initiative to provide solutions to agricultural water challenges. The grants will be used to develop management practices, technologies and tools for farmers, ranchers, forest owners and citizens to improve water resource quantity and quality.
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