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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on House Appropriations Bill That Would Provide Students With Less Healthy FoodSun, 05/18/2014 - 10:00pm
WASHINGTON, May 19, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today made the following statement on the House appropriations bill:
MEXICO CITY, May 19, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today highlighted recent progress on a number of trade issues with Mexico following a panel discussion with Mexico's Secretary of Agriculture Enrique Martínez y Martínez. The panel was part of the Global Forum on Agro Food Expectations forum in Mexico City.
Mexico City, Mexico, May 19, 2014 - United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Mexico's Secretary of Agriculture Enrique Martínez and Canada's Minister of Agriculture Gerry Ritz issued the joint statement below following today's agriculture forum in Mexico:
USDA Announces Infrastructure Investments to Help Grow Rural Businesses and Spur Economic DevelopmentWed, 05/14/2014 - 10:00pm
WASHINGTON, May 15, 2014 – As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to invest in infrastructure that will expand opportunity for all Americans, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today awarded organizations in 14 states loans and grants to support rural infrastructure, job creation efforts and business development.
WASHINGTON, May 15, 2014 - A yearly survey of beekeepers, released today, shows fewer colony losses occurred in the United States over the winter of 2013-2014 than in recent years, but beekeepers say losses remain higher than the level that they consider to be sustainable.
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 13, 2014 – Chief Economist Joseph Glauber has announced the May 31, 2014, retirement of USDA World Agricultural Outlook Board Chair Dr. Gerald Bange and the appointment of Dr. Seth Meyer as Acting Board Chair.
USDA Announces First Citrus Greening Funding Allocations and Appointments to Citrus Disease SubcommitteeMon, 05/12/2014 - 10:00pm
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2014 – United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced more than $1.5 million in funding to expand bio-control efforts to fight Huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening. This action is the first designation of funds by the Huanglongbing Multi-agency Coordination Group (HLB MAC Group) since it was established by Vilsack in December.
WASHINGTON, May 12, 2014 - Deputy Agriculture Secretary Krysta Harden announced that USDA's Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) will host an event in Arkansas next month to give small business owners the opportunity to partner with federal agencies. The meeting, in Pine Bluff, supports Obama Administration efforts to put Americans back to work and create an economy built to last.
WASHINGTON, May 8, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is making a historic $78 million investment in local and regional food systems, including food hubs, farmers markets, aggregation and processing facilities, distribution services, and other local food business enterprises.
WASHINGTON, May 7, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced continued progress during the first 90 days of implementing the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill), which President Obama signed into law on February 7. The 2014 Farm Bill reforms agricultural policy, reduces the deficit, and helps grow the economy.
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2014—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released the following statement on the passing of Billy Frank, Jr., a member of the Nisqually Indian Tribe and Chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission:
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2014—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement today on the National Climate Assessment and Obama Administration efforts on climate change:
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced funding for projects in 18 states to improve electric service to business and residential consumers in rural areas. The $540 million in loan guarantees to fund these projects are made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) rural utilities program. They include more than $35 million for smart grid projects to improve rural electric system communications technology.
WASHINGTON, May 5, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is seeking applications from rural small businesses and agricultural producers for funding to make energy efficiency improvements or to install renewable energy systems.
WASHINGTON, May 2, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement on the updated 2012 Census of Agriculture data:
USDA and Interior Department Green Light Conservation Practices for Farmers, Ranchers and Landowners in Five Lesser Prairie-Chicken StatesThu, 05/01/2014 - 10:00pm
WASHINGTON, May 2, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of the Interior today announced that farmers, ranchers and landowners implementing Farm Service Agency (FSA) Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) practices intended to protect and increase lesser prairie-chicken populations will not be subject to additional regulations as a result of the species’ listing as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
WASHINGTON, May 1, 2014 – The next World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, which will be released at 12 noon ET on May 9, will present USDA’s initial assessment of U.S. and world crop supply and demand prospects and U.S. prices for the 2014/15 marketing year. It will also present the first calendar-year 2015 projections of U.S. livestock, poultry, and dairy products.
Cost of Fighting Wildfires in 2014 Projected to be Hundreds of Millions of Dollars over Amount AvailableWed, 04/30/2014 - 10:00pm
WASHINGTON, May 1, 2014--According to a Congressionally-mandated report issued today, the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of the Interior (DOI) are projected to spend over $470 million more than is available to fight wildfires this season. According to the report, the Forest Service and Interior may need to spend $1.8 billion fighting fires this year, while the agencies have only $1.4 billion available for firefighting.
ORRTANNA, Pa., May 1, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that applications are now being accepted for new, landmark conservation initiatives created by the 2014 Farm Bill. The programs will provide up to $386 million to help farmers restore wetlands, protect working agriculture lands, support outdoor recreation activities and boost the economy.
USDA Announces Funding to Spur Local and Regional Economic Growth in America's Rural CommunitiesWed, 04/30/2014 - 10:00pm
WASHINGTON, May 1, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of funding to promote long-term economic growth and community vitality in rural areas. With the announcement, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) invites applications for funding through three community and economic development programs administered by USDA Rural Development.