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USDA Report Demonstrates Positive Impact of $300 Million Investment in Sage-grouse Conservation on Working Lands in West

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON, Feb.12, 2015 – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) today issued a report showing that since 2010 USDA and its partners in the Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) have worked with private landowners to restore 4.4 million acres of habitat for sage-grouse while maintaining working landscapes across the West.

Statement from Secretary Vilsack on Increase in Number of Students Eating Healthy Breakfast at School

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON, February 10, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement on the School Breakfast Scorecard released today by the Food Research and Action Center:

USDA Designates Natural Disaster Areas in 256 Counties in Western and Southwestern United States Due to Drought, Opening Door to Assistance

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has previously designated natural disaster areas in 256 counties across Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah due to drought conditions in 2015. USDA wants to remind producers affected by disaster that the 2014 Farm Bill, which was signed into law one year ago by President Obama, has paved the way for qualified farmers and ranchers in affected counties to apply for a variety of safety net programs and loans.

USDA Announces Funding for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that rural agricultural producers and small business owners can now apply for resources to purchase and install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. These efforts help farmers, ranchers and other small business owners save money on their energy bills, reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil, support America’s clean energy economy, and cut carbon pollution.

USDA: Slow Snowpack Development for Much of the West

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2015 - An unusually warm, dry January slowed snowpack accumulation in much of the West, according to data from the second 2015 forecast by the United States Department of Agriculture's National Water and Climate Center (NWCC). California, Arizona and New Mexico, as well as parts of Colorado, Utah, Oregon and Nevada, remain in prolonged drought.

Vilsack Announces $30 Million to Fight Citrus Disease

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $30 million in funding today for 22 projects to help citrus producers combat Huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening, a devastating citrus disease that threatens U.S. citrus production.

USDA Announces Funding to Support Research, Education, and Extension at 1890 Land-Grant Universities

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 11:00pm

Prairie View, Texas, Feb. 9, 2015 – USDA's Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Joe Leonard today announced the availability of more than $18 million to strengthen the research, teaching and extension capabilities at 19 historically black land-grant colleges and universities in an effort to recruit and train students for careers in agriculture.

USDA Announces Over $9 Million to Support Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 11:00pm

Albany, GA, February 6, 2015 – Today, Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced over $9 million in grant funds will soon be available for outreach and technical assistance to minority and veteran farmers and ranchers.

Study Says USDA Effort Benefits Birds after 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 11:00pm

YAZOO CITY, Miss., Feb. 6, 2015 – A newly released study says the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) effort to create habitat on private lands for migratory birds following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has provided significant benefits to ducks, geese and other birds.

Statement from Secretary Vilsack on New Data Showing That Agricultural Exports Support More Than One Million Jobs

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON, February 6, 2015 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released the following statement after USDA’s Economic Research Service issued new data showing that agricultural exports support more than one million jobs here at home:

Statement by Secretary Vilsack on One-Year Anniversary of Passage of the 2014 Farm Bill

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON, January 5, 2015 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today issued the following statement in advance of the first anniversary of the 2014 Farm Bill, which was signed into law by President Obama on February 7, 2014:

USDA Announces the Availability of $16 Million to Support Food Production

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of more than $16 million in funding to support research, education and Extension efforts to improve food production and increase food security, defined as regular access to affordable, nutritious food.

USDA to Release New Long-Term Agricultural Projections

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2015--The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will release its 10-year agricultural projections on Feb. 11, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. EST. USDA's Agricultural Projections to 2024 will be posted to the Office of the Chief Economist's (OCE) website at www.usda.gov/oce and available in MS Word and PDF formats.

USDA's February 10, 2015, World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report to Incorporate Changes to Rice Table

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2015 - The Feb. 10 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, which will be released at 12 noon ET, will include two new rice prices in the "Medium & Short-grain" rice section of the table on page 14.

Statement from Secretary Vilsack on Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Proposal

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON, February 2, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today made the following statement on the proposed Fiscal Year 2016 budget:

USDA Invests $18 Million to Train Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 11:00pm

New Orleans, LA - Feb. 2, 2015 - Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture's Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden (USDA) announced more than $18 million in grants to educate, mentor, and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers.

USDA Announces Winners of the 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of 30 university students to attend USDA’s 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum titled “Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century” to be held Feb. 19-20, 2015, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va. Twenty university juniors and seniors were chosen based on an essay sharing their thoughts on “Agriculture as a Career.”

Nationwide USDA Organic Survey Underway

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) just kicked off the Organic Survey to gather detailed data on U.S. organic agriculture production. The survey is a complete inventory of all known organic producers that are certified, exempt from certification, and transitioning to certified organic production.

USDA Partnering to Conduct Grant Workshops to Support Local Foods

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced a partnership through the Agricultural Marketing Service Technical Assistance (AMSTA) Project to conduct workshops that will help potential grant applicants understand, develop, and submit their Federal grant applications for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program.

U.S. Forest Service Issues Final Policy for Over-snow Vehicles on National Forests, Grasslands

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2015 – The U.S. Forest Service today released the final policy for managing snowmobile and other "over-snow" vehicle use on national forests and grasslands. As directed by court order, the policy requires that roads, trails and areas where over-snow vehicle use can occur be specifically designated by local Forest Service mangers.

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