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WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the nation's farmer, rancher and fishery cooperatives set a new sales record in 2013, with total business volume of more than $246 billion. That surpasses the previous record, set in 2012, by $8 billion, a 4 percent gain.
DOSWELL, Va., Sept. 29, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the award of over $52 million in support of the growing organic industry and local and regional food systems through five U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant programs.
Richmond, VA, Sept. 29, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is making up to $31.5 million in funding available to help participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) more easily afford healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables.
WASHINGTON, September 26, 2014-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today that in fiscal year 2014, the U.S. Forest Service invested a total of $20 million in partnerships that supported work and training opportunities for 11,000 youth and veterans on national forests and grasslands. Service members worked on projects that addressed restoration, hazardous fuels, watershed protection, wilderness stewardship, recreation access, facilities management, trail maintenance, and other natural and cultural resource priorities.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a new peanut revenue policy that will be available for eligible peanut producers.
FACT SHEET - Secretary Kerry, Secretary Vilsack Launch Global Alliance for Climate-Smart AgricultureWed, 09/24/2014 - 9:00pm
The United States is a founding member of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture. As part of its commitment to promoting climate smart agriculture around the world, the U.S. government supports the following initiatives:
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled highly anticipated new programs to help farmers better manage risk, ushering in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014 – The Specialty Crop Committee will meet on Oct. 1 and 2 in Washington, DC, to provide consultation to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) on the relevancy review process for the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI).
Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack launched the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture on Wednesday to promote greater international engagement on ways agriculture can help reduce the impact of climate change.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014 — The U.S. Forest Service is offering a fee-free day on Sept. 27, 2014 in conjunction with the 21st annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the Nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands projects that ensure sustainable ecosystems and promote vibrant communities.
Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Formation of the New Global Alliance for Climate Smart AgricultureTue, 09/23/2014 - 9:00pm
The Obama Administration today announced the launch of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture, a new effort to promote greater international engagement on ways agriculture can help mitigate the impact of climate change.
USDA Announces $59 Million in Loans and Grants to Increase Economic Opportunity, Support Rural Microenterprise DevelopmentTue, 09/23/2014 - 9:00pm
PIKEVILLE, Ky., Sept. 24, 2014 – USDA Rural Development Acting Under Secretary Doug O'Brien today announced the selection of 78 utilities and development organizations for loans and grants to support rural business activities that will boost economic growth in rural communities.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that up to $2.5 million is available to establish the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center. This competitive grant is part of USDA’s efforts to reduce childhood food insecurity in rural communities in America.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the reappointment of four individuals to serve on the National Genetic Resources Advisory Council (NGRAC), a subcommittee of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2014 - U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, joined U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan to announce a competition to designate a new round of Promise Zones.
BUNN, N.C., Sept. 18, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is investing in 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made new financial assistance available to eligible Florida citrus growers for the removal of trees afflicted with Huanglongbing (HLB, also known as citrus greening) and for replanting groves with new healthy stock. The support comes through USDA's Tree Assistance Program.
MOLINE, Ill., Sept. 15, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the award of $15.7 million in Conservation Innovation Grants (CIGs) to 47 organizations that will help develop and demonstrate cutting-edge ideas to accelerate innovation in private lands conservation. The Secretary made the announcement while visiting a farm in Illinois.
BURLINGTON, Vt., Sept. 12, 2014 – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced that USDA is investing in rural businesses and development organizations to spur economic growth in rural areas and in Tribal communities.
USDA Announces Major Investments to Modernize Service, Improve the Reliability of Rural Electric SystemsMon, 09/08/2014 - 9:00pm
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is investing more than $518 million in rural electric cooperatives to improve the delivery of electric power to communities in 15 states. This funding is part of nearly $50 billion that USDA has invested in infrastructure improvements since 2009.