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Obama Administration Announces Additional Assistance to Californians Impacted by Drought

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 11:00pm

FRESNO, Calif., Feb. 14, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined President Barack Obama in Fresno, Calif., today to announce that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide additional assistance to help farmers, ranchers and residents affected by severe drought in California. At President Obama’s direction, USDA has made implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill livestock disaster assistance programs a top priority and plans to have the programs available for sign up by April 15, 2014.

USDA to Release New Long Term Agricultural Projections

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2014 -- The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will release new 10-year agricultural projections on Feb. 13, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. EST. USDA’s Agricultural Projections to 2023 will be posted to the Office of the Chief Economist’s (OCE) website at and available in MS Word and PDF formats. Projections data will be available as Excel spreadsheets here.

STAT SHEET Opportunity For All CEA Highlights of Recent Farm Sector and Rural Economy Performance

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:00pm

Today, the President will visit East Lansing, Michigan and deliver remarks on the importance of the Farm Bill to America’s economy.

FACT SHEET Opportunity For All Establishing a New Made In Rural America Export and Investment Initiative

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:00pm

Today, the President directed his Administration, working through the White House Rural Council, to lead a new 'Made in Rural America' export and investment initiative. This initiative is charged with bringing together federal resources to help rural businesses and leaders take advantage of new investment opportunities and access new customers and markets abroad.

USDA Accepts Grant Applications for Conservation Innovation Efforts

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications for competitive grants to develop and accelerate conservation efforts on private agricultural and forest lands.

NRCS and Forest Service Partner to Improve Forest Health

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 11:00pm

HELENA, Mont., February 6, 2014 – Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Robert Bonnie announced today a multi-year partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to improve the health and resiliency of forest ecosystems where public and private lands meet across the nation. The Under Secretary made the announcement in Helena, Montana, near the site of the Red Mountain Flume/Chessman Reservoir, one of the first areas to be addressed through the partnership. Another area to be targeted is the San Bernardino/Riverside County area of California which experienced catastrophic wildfires a decade ago.

Secretary Vilsack Announces Regional Hubs to Help Agriculture, Forestry Mitigate the Impacts of a Changing Climate

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2014—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the creation of the first ever Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change at seven locations around the country.

Statement by Secretary Vilsack on Passage of the Agricultural Act of 2014

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2014—Secretary Vilsack made the following statement on passage of the Agricultural Act of 2014:

USDA Launches Effort to Assist California Producers Affected by Drought

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced USDA will make $20 million available for agricultural water conservation efforts throughout California to combat the effects of drought. Interested landowners and managers have until March 3, 2014 to apply for available funds.

USDA Announces Investments to Expand Distance Learning and Telemedicine Opportunities in Rural Areas

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the Obama Administration is investing in rural telecommunications equipment to help expand access to education, create jobs and improve health care in 25 states.

USDA Announces Winners of the 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2014—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of 30 university students to attend USDA’s 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum, titled “The Changing Face of Agriculture,” to be held Feb. 20- 21, 2014, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va. Twenty university juniors and seniors were chosen on the basis of their essays on “Agriculture as a Career,” and 10 graduate students were selected for their response to “The Greatest Challenge Facing Agriculture over the Next Five Years.”

USDA Offers Hurricane Sandy Victims a New Opportunity to Enroll Land into Easements

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will accept applications for easements from landowners who want to enroll floodplains impacted by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Applications will be accepted until April 18, 2014. This is the second round of applications to be accepted.

USDA Announces Investments in Businesses and Rural Economic Development

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is investing in rural businesses to help create jobs and spur economic development.

Secretary Vilsack Expands StrikeForce Initiative to Address Rural Poverty in Four Additional States

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 11:00pm

PINEVILLE, Kentucky, January 17, 2014—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers today to announce the expansion of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s StrikeForce Initiative into four additional states: Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee and West Virginia.

American Adults are Choosing Healthier Foods, Consuming Healthier Diets

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2014 - American adults are eating better, making better use of available nutrition information, and consuming fewer calories coming from fat and saturated fat, consuming less cholesterol and eating more fiber, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service; Changes in Eating Patterns and Diet Quality Among Working-Age Adults, 2005-2010.

Year's First National Water Forecast Predicts Limited Supply West of the Continental Divide

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2014 – A limited water supply is predicted west of the Continental Divide, according to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) National Water and Climate Center (NWCC) data in its first forecast of 2014. The NWCC also predicts normal water supply east of the Continental Divide and will continue to monitor, forecast and update water supplies for the next six months.

Obama Administration Announces The First Five Promise Zone Designees

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2014 – The U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today the five inaugural U.S. communities that have been designated as Promise Zones, an intensive and layered approach to revitalizing distressed communities. The Promise Zones will benefit from a comprehensive approach to development that will enhance and connect local assets ranging from schools to housing to jobs.

FACT SHEET: A Strong Nutrition Program to Help Hardworking American Families

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:00pm

This week, Agriculture Under Secretary Kevin Concannon and Anne Alonzo, Administrator for the Agricultural Marketing Service joined George Jones, CEO of Bread for the City to highlight the need for a new Farm Bill that adequately invests in America’s nutrition safety net. Food assistance programs, along with the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, provide a critical means to provide healthy food for Americans who are working hard but struggling to fill their plate.

USDA Announces Speakers for the 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2014–The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced speakers for the 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum, “The Changing Face of Agriculture,” to be held from Feb. 20-21 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, Arlington, Va.

USDA to Provide Additional Support to Food Banks, Soup Kitchens, and Food Pantries Across the Country

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON, January 6, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture's intent to purchase up to $126.4 million worth of fruit and vegetable products, to be distributed to needy families under The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). The products to be purchased include tart cherries, processed apples, cranberries, fresh tomatoes, wild blueberries, and raisins.


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