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USDA Awards Grants for New School Food Service Equipment to Help Schools Dish Up Healthy Meals

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding $25 million in grants to help schools purchase needed kitchen equipment 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 report that they are successfully meeting the updated 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 additional support to schools to help them prepare meals that meet those standards.
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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces Additional USDA Actions to Combat Spread of Diseases Among U.S. Pork Producers

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:00pm
St. Paul, Minn., April 18, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that in an effort to further enhance the biosecurity and health of the US swine herd while maintaining movement of pigs in the US, the USDA will require reporting of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) and Swine Delta Coronavirus in order to slow the spread of this disease across the United States.
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USDA Announces Specialty Crop Block Grant Program-Historic Farm Bill Support Available through State Departments of Agriculture

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, April 17, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of approximately $66 million in Specialty Crop Block Grants to state departments of agriculture for projects that help support specialty crop growers, including locally grown fruits and vegetables, through research, programs to increase demand, and more.
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USDA Helps Open and Expand Export Markets for U.S. Agriculture through 2014 Farm Bill Programs

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) awarded funding to more than 60 U.S. agricultural organizations to help expand commercial export markets for American products. The funding was made available through the 2014 Farm Bill. USDA will begin accepting applications for 2015 export development program funding on April 17, 2014.
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US Forest Service Finalizes Policy to Promote Year-Round Recreation on Ski Areas

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, April 15, 2014 - The U.S. Forest Service finalized policy guidelines that will open opportunities for ski areas to promote year-round recreation activities that are natural resource-based and that will create additional jobs for communities with ski areas on the National Forests.
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USDA Awards Grants for Nutrition Education Programs in Tribal Communities

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:00pm
GREEN BAY, Wis., April 15, 2014 - Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded over $700,000 in grants to support nutrition education programs for participants of USDA's Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR).
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Sign-Up Begins Today for USDA Disaster Assistance Programs Restored by Farm Bill

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, April 15, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that starting today, eligible farmers and ranchers can sign up for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs restored by passage of the 2014 Farm Bill.
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USDA Announces Funding to Train and Educate Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, April 11, 2014 – Today, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of more than $19 million in grants to help train, educate and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of agricultural producers through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP).
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U.S. Forest Service and White House Council on Environmental Quality Announce New 21CSC Member Organizations

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, April 11, 2014 -- The U.S. Forest Service and the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) today recognized 24 groups as new 21st Century Conservation Service Corps member organizations, bringing the total number of 21CSC member organizations to 124.
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New McGovern-Dole Projects to Benefit 2.7 Million Children Worldwide

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:00pm
NEW YORK, April 9, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide $183 million in U.S. agricultural commodities and support to benefit an estimated 2.7 million children in 10 developing countries as part of the McGovern-Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program. Vilsack made the announcement while speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City.
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Obama Administration Outlines New Strategy to Better Protect Communities, Businesses and Public and Private Lands from the Threat of Wildland Fire Ahead of 2014 Fire Season

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, April 9, 2014—As the 2014 wildfire season approaches, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and Council on Environmental Quality Acting Chairman Mike Boots today released the Administration’s National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy. This strategy, developed by federal, state, tribal and local community partners, and public stakeholders, outlines new approaches to coordinate and integrate efforts to restore and maintain healthy landscapes, prepare communities for fire season, and better address the nation’s wildland fire threats.
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Secretary Vilsack Appoints New Members to USDA NAREEE Advisory Board

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the appointment of eight individuals to serve on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board.
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USDA Officially Announces Sign-Up Date for Farmer and Rancher Disaster Assistance Programs

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Quick implementation of the programs has been a top priority for USDA.
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Agriculture Secretary Announces Rural Schools Payments

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, April 4, 2014--Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that over $300 million will be paid to 41 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in support of local schools and roads as part of the Congressional reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. The disbursement incudes $30 million in Title II funding to complete special conservation projects on Federal lands proposed by resource advisory committees. Funding is provided through the U.S. Forest Service.
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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces Progress on 2014 Farm Bill Implementation

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014— Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced significant progress on implementing the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill), which President Obama signed into law on February 7. The 2014 Farm Bill reforms agricultural policy, reduces the deficit, and helps grow the economy.
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USDA, EPA Partner to Improve Access to Clean Water, Improved Infrastructure in U.S.- Mexico Border Region

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency today announced a joint initiative to improve access to clean water and wastewater infrastructure for U.S. communities along the Mexico border. This initiative is part of USDA and EPA’s ongoing partnership to increase the sustainability of rural drinking water and wastewater systems.
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USDA Provides Farm Bill Funding for Pest and Disease Management Program

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the allocation of $48.1 million, provided by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill), to projects across the country that will help to prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests and diseases that threaten America’s agriculture economy and the environment. The economic stakes for stopping invasive species are high, with scientists estimating the total economic cost of all invasive species to be approximately $120 billion annually.
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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, March 28, 2014—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released the following statement: "Across the country, farmers and ranchers are taking action to protect natural resources, and the Administration's Methane Reduction Strategy provides additional voluntary actions producers can take to cut methane emissions. USDA will help producers implement these strategies, including methane capture technologies like anaerobic digesters and biogas systems, which create jobs and allow producers to tap into a $3 billion market for renewable energy. Since 2009, USDA has provided $62 million in support for 93 methane digester projects across the United States.
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Agriculture Secretary Visits Chicago School to Help Increase Access to the Summer Meal Program in Illinois

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 11:00pm
CHICAGO, March 27, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited a Chicago school today to encourage more Chicago-area schools and community-based organizations to participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) summer meal programs to help ensure no child goes hungry during the summer months.
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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on National Agriculture Day

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2014—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released the following statement:
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