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USDA Provides Aid to 73,000 Rural Californians Impacted by Drought

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:00pm

FARMERSVILLE, Calif., July 18, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced USDA is providing $9.7 million in emergency water assistance to 73,000 residents in 11 California counties experiencing the driest year on record.

Historic Farm Bill Funding Available to Organic Producers and Handlers

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that approximately $13 million in Farm Bill funding is now available for organic certification cost-share assistance, making certification more accessible than ever for small certified producers and handlers.

Research Projects to Improve Plant Feedstocks for Bioenergy Production

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the selection of 10 projects that are being awarded funding aimed at accelerating genetic breeding programs to improve plant feedstocks for the production of biofuels, biopower, and biobased products.

USDA Announces Funding to Improve Electric Systems in Rural Areas

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is investing $236.3 million to help modernize and improve the reliability of rural electric systems in eight states.

USDA Awards Funds to Promote Development of Rural Wood to Energy Projects

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the award of more than $2.5 million in grants to develop wood energy teams in 11 states and an additional $1.25 million for nine wood energy projects.

USDA Announces $4.3 million Investment in Eastern Kentucky

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:00pm

LONDON, Ky., July 11, 2014 – U.S. Agriculture Rural Development Administrator for Rural Housing Services and Community Facilities Tony Hernandez announced $4.3 million to expand health care services and create local jobs in eastern Kentucky. The funds will increase hospital capacity, expand health care services, and create continued economic opportunity in the region.

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Senate Confirmation of Darci Vetter as Chief Agricultural Negotiator

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2014—U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today made the following statement on the Senate Confirmation of Darci Vetter as U.S. Chief Agricultural Negotiator:

USDA Provides 12-Week Progress Update on Disaster Assistance

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provided a 12-week progress report on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs today, announcing that USDA has processed 106,000 payments to farmers in 40 states across the country who suffered livestock and grazing losses between October 2011 and passage of the 2014 Farm Bill.

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.

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