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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.

USDA Makes Permanent Meat and Grain Serving Flexibilities in National School Lunch Program

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

WASHINGTON, January 2, 2014 - Agriculture Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon today announced that USDA is making permanent the current flexibility that allows schools to serve larger portions of lean protein and whole grains at mealtime.

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