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New USDA Portal Enables Farmers, Ranchers to Request Conservation Assistance Online

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 10:00pm

Washington, D.C. May 27, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that farmers, ranchers and private forest landowners can now do business with U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through a new online portal. With today’s launch of Conservation Client Gateway, producers will have the ability to work with conservation planners online to access Farm Bill programs, request assistance and track payments for their conservation activities.

USDA Announces $1.4 Billion in Proactive Savings through Blueprint for Stronger Service

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Blueprint for Stronger Service initiative has created $1.4 billion in savings, efficiencies, and cost avoidances, while the agriculture sector continues to experience its most productive period in history. Secretary Vilsack launched the initiative in 2012, directing USDA agencies to take steps to cut costs and modernize operations in order to become a stronger and more effective department.

USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Help Socially-Disadvantaged Rural Residents

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting applications to provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups in rural areas.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Statement on Senate Passage of Trade Promotion Authority

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:00pm

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released the following statement regarding Senate passage of Trade Promotion Authority legislation:

USDA Announces Funding Opportunity for Distance Learning and Telemedicine Projects

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications for its Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program, which provides increased access to education, training and health care resources in rural areas.

USDA Reminds Farmers to Certify Conservation Compliance by June 1 Deadline

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) with their local USDA Service Center by June 1, 2015. The 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to have the form on file in order to remain eligible, or to become eligible for crop insurance premium support.

United States and OECD Outline Guidance for Rural Economic Development Policies

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 10:00pm

MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 21, 2015 – Today, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Deputy Secretary-General Mari Kiviniemi released a joint statement outlining three major themes guiding rural economic development policies.

USDA Offers Summer Food Safety Tips In Advance of Memorial Day Weekend

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 – Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start to summer, and many Americans will celebrate with cookouts, camping, road trips and other activities that involve food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is reminding families to take extra care not to let foodborne bacteria, which grows more quickly in hot weather, ruin the fun.

USDA to Give Priority Funding for Regional Economic Development Projects

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:00pm

MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 20, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced USDA’s plan to implement a Farm Bill provision that will have a major policy impact on the way the Department helps rural communities plan and finance regional economic development strategies. The new Regional Development Priority (RDP) policy will make it easier for rural communities to access resources to invest in long-term community development efforts by giving priority to applications for Rural Development programs that include regional partnerships and strategies.

Factsheet: The Four Pillars of Agriculture and Rural Economic Development

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:00pm

The potential to grow and make innovative products in rural America is limitless. Since 2009, the Obama Administration has made targeted investments to help rural businesses grow. Through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s projects in affordable housing, energy efficiency, roads and bridges, and internet access, coupled with loans and grants for rural businesses, the Administration has helped to attract and retain a talented rural labor force, improve connectivity and access to information, move products to market, and make rural communities competitive—ultimately supporting strong local economies and expanded opportunity for rural Americans.

Global Experts Meet in Memphis to Discuss Rural Competitiveness for the 21st Century

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 10:00pm

MEMPHIS, TN, May 19 2015 - Today, leaders from 34 countries gathered in Memphis for the 10th Annual Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Rural Development Conference to discuss international strategies to address rural development in the 21st century, including creating jobs, building infrastructure, expanding access to health care, and making diversified rural investments. The theme of this year’s conference ‘National Prosperity through Modern Rural Policy: Competitiveness and Well-Being in Rural Regions’ engages the world’s leading policy officials, international experts, and representatives from the private sector to discuss how modern policies can help rural regions reach their full economic potential, support national growth and be globally competitive.

USDA to Expand Investment in Water Conservation, Resilience across Drought-Stricken States

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest approximately $21 million in additional Farm Bill dollars to help farmers and ranchers apply science-based solutions to mitigate the short and long term effects of drought. These investments will focus financial and technical assistance in the most severely drought-stricken areas in eight states to help crop and livestock producers apply conservation practices that increase irrigation efficiency, improve soil health and productivity, and ensure reliable water sources for livestock operations.

USDA Announces Funding to Assist with Organic Certification Costs

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced today that approximately $11.9 million in organic certification assistance is available through state departments of agriculture to make organic certification more affordable for organic producers and handlers across the country.

USDA Invests $6.5 Million to Help Conserve Water, Improve Water Quality in Ogallala Aquifer Region

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $6.5 million in the Ogallala Aquifer region this year to help farmers and ranchers conserve billions of gallons of water and improve water quality. Funding will be targeted to seven priority areas to support their primary water source and strengthen rural economies.

USDA Announces Funding for Smart Grid and 1,000 miles of line on 80th Anniversary of Rural Electrification

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, May 11, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is providing more than $100 million in loans to build or improve 1,000 miles of electric transmission and distribution lines for rural electric cooperative utilities in four states.

One of the Best Fields for New College Graduates? Agriculture.

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, May 11, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new report showing tremendous demand for recent college graduates with a degree in agricultural programs with an estimated 57,900 high-skilled job openings annually in the food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, and environment fields in the United States.

U.S., Jordan Sign Agreement to Promote Agricultural Development and Trade, Support Humanitarian Assistance

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 10:00pm

Amman, JORDAN, May 10, 2015 - U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and Jordan Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Imad Fakhoury, today signed an agreement to support agricultural development and trade in Jordan.

USDA Announces $30 Million Available for Food Entrepreneurs and Agricultural Producers to Develop New Products

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is making $30 million available to farmers, ranchers and food entrepreneurs to develop new product lines. Funding will be made available through the USDA’s Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program.

Western Snowpack Melts Early, Little Remains

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, May 8 2015 - West-wide snowpack has mostly melted, according to data from the fifth 2015 forecast by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Statement by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Final Communique by G-20 Agriculture Ministers

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:00pm

ISTANBUL, May 8, 2015 – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement today, May 8, after endorsing the final communique by the G-20 Agriculture Ministers in Istanbul, Turkey:

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