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USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden to travel to China

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, July 3, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden will travel to Beijing and Guangzhou, China, July 7-12.

U.S. Organic Industry Praises U.S.-Korea Partnership in Organic Trade

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2014 – Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the United States and the Republic of Korea formed a partnership that will recognize the two countries’ organic programs as equivalent for processed organic products and streamline access to each other's markets.

USDA to Invest in Red River Basin Conservation Effort

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:00pm

MOORHEAD, Minn., July 2, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson today announced targeted conservation funding of up to $50 million over the next five years in the Red River of the North Basin to minimize flooding, boost soil health, improve water quality and enhance wildlife habitat in the watershed. The Secretary and Congressman Peterson were joined by Senators Amy Klobuchar, John Hoeven, Heidi Heitkamp and Representative Kevin Cramer at a press conference in Moorhead to make the announcement.

United States and Korea Streamline Organic Trade

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2014 – Organic processed products certified in the United States or Korea can now be labeled as organic in either country. This will allow American organic farmers, processors, and businesses greater access to Korea’s growing market for organic products. The arrangement between the two nations will take effect on July 1, 2014.

USDA Makes $5 Million in Farm Bill Support for National Clean Plant Network Available

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2014 -- U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the allocation of $5 million to support 19 projects under the National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) funded under the Agriculture Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill).

Statement from Secretary Vilsack on Anniversary of Yarnell Hill and South Canyon Fires

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2014 — This week marks the one-year anniversary of the Yarnell Hill fire tragedy in Arizona and the 20 year anniversary of the South Canyon fire tragedy in Colorado.

USDA Continues Farm Bill Implementation with Provisions to Help Farmers Manage Risk

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced continued progress in implementing provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill that provide new risk management options for farmers and ranchers.

U.S. Forest Service Announces Support for Community Forests

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2014 -- The U.S. Forest Service announced today nearly $2.3 million in grants to help communities in eight states secure community forests.

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces the 2014 National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Grants to Support Climate Resilience and Green Infrastructure

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the 2014 USDA Forest Service's National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge grant recipients. The grants provide funding that will help enhance urban forest stewardship, support new employment opportunities, and help build resilience in the face of a changing climate.

USDA and USTR Name New Members to Agricultural Trade Advisory Committees

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman today announced the appointment of 19 additional members to six agricultural trade advisory committees.

USDA Announces New Support for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 10:00pm

DAVIS, Calif., June 23, 2014 - U.S. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced the implementation of new Farm Bill measures and other policy changes to improve the financial security of new and beginning farmers and ranchers.

USDA Announces Landmark Commitment to Improve Sage-Grouse Habitat

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2014--Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a ground-breaking commitment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to accelerate and focus conservation efforts that will benefit ranchers and also the distinct population of greater sage-grouse population that lives along the border of Nevada and California. The bi-state population of sage-grouse is being considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

USDA Provides $8 Million to Help Boost Declining Honey Bee Population

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), today announced $8 million in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) incentives for Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin farmers and ranchers who establish new habitats for declining honey bee populations.

USDA Pledges Financial Support for Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Partnerships

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2014 – United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretaries Robert Bonnie and Michael Scuse today pledged up to $5 million to state and local partnerships in six states for accelerating tree planting along the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Support for Healthy Meals Standards Continues to Grow

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 10:00pm

In 2010, Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act with bipartisan support to help ensure every American child has to the nutritious food they need to perform well in school and grow into healthy adults. With one-third of American children obese or overweight, the law was designed to help reduce America's childhood obesity epidemic and cut down on other health risks for America's children.

U.S. Forest Service Seeks Public Comment on a Proposed Rule Addressing Ski Area Water Rights on Forest Service Lands

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2014 – The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comment on a proposal addressing water provided for ski areas on national forest lands through the permitting process. The proposal would help to ensure public winter recreation opportunities on Forest Service lands are available in the long term.

Hong Kong Market Reopens for U.S. Beef

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, June 17, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the United States and Hong Kong have agreed on new terms and conditions that pave the way for expanded exports of U.S. beef and beef products to Hong Kong.

U.S. Forest Service Seeks Comments on Over-Snow Vehicle Proposal

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2014 – The U.S. Forest Service next week will publish a Federal Register Notice seeking public comment on a proposal that would help standardize where and when over-snow vehicles, such as snowmobiles, are used on national forests and grasslands.

Vilsack Announces Farm Bill Funding for Bioenergy Research, Converting to Biomass Fuel Systems

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced up to $14.5 million in funding for two USDA bioenergy programs made available through the 2014 Farm Bill. USDA’s Rural Development (RD) announced it is accepting applications from companies seeking to offset the costs associated with converting fossil fuel systems to renewable biomass fuel systems, while USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of $2.5 million in grants to enhance national energy security through the development of bio-based transportation fuels, biopower, and new bio-based products.

Vilsack Travels to Europe Next Week to Discuss Expanding Trade Opportunities

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 10:00pm

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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