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USDA Announces School Meal Flexibility for Upcoming School Year

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2014 - Today, Agriculture Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon announced new flexibility for school districts working to meet updated whole grain requirements for school meals.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces Action to Combat Insects and Diseases that Weaken Forests, Increase Fire Risk

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 10:00pm

DENVER, May 20, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced action to help 94 national forest areas in 35 states to address insect and disease threats that weaken forests and increase the risk of forest fire. These areas are receiving an official designation that will provide the Forest Service, working collaboratively with stakeholders, additional tools and flexibility to more efficiently plan and accomplish restoration treatments in those areas.

U.S. Forest Service Increases its Firefighting Aircraft Fleet as Fire Season Begins

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2014 - In the face of what is shaping up to be a catastrophic fire season in the Southwest, the U.S. Forest Service is adding four additional aircraft to its next-generation firefighting fleet, bringing the total amount of aircraft to 21 large airtankers (with opportunities to add additional aircraft, if needed) and more than 100 helicopters.

USDA Announces Availability of Loans and Grants to Support Rural Economic Development

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the Department is accepting applications for loans and grants to support community development projects, business expansion and job creation.

USDA Announces Targeted Assistance to Help Break the Cycle of Rural Poverty StrikeForce Funds to Assist Conservation Efforts in 20 States

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 10:00pm

Albuquerque, New Mexico, May 20, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that $15 million in targeted assistance will be provided to help farmers, ranchers and private forest owners in rural areas of 20 states that experience “persistent poverty.” The funding, part of USDA’s StrikeForce initiative, was announced on the Secretary’s behalf by Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Jason Weller during a visit to predominantly Native American and Hispanic American communities in New Mexico.

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on House Appropriations Bill That Would Provide Students With Less Healthy Food

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today made the following statement on the House appropriations bill:

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Highlights Recent Trade Breakthroughs with Mexico

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 10:00pm

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.

Joint Statement by North American Agricultural Leaders Following Forum in Mexico

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 10:00pm

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 Development

Wed, 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.

Yearly Survey Shows Better Results for Pollinators, but Losses Remain Significant

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:00pm

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.

USDA World Agricultural Outlook Board Chair Dr. Gerald Bange to Retire

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:00pm

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 Subcommittee

Mon, 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.

Deputy Secretary Harden Announces Event in Support of Small Businesses in Rural Areas

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 10:00pm

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.

USDA Announces $78 Million Available for Local Food Enterprises

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 10:00pm

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.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces Continued Progress on 2014 Farm Bill Implementation

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 10:00pm

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.

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Passing of Billy Frank, Jr.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 10:00pm

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:

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on National Climate Assessment

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 10:00pm

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:

Agriculture Secretary Announces Electric System Improvements in 18 States

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 10:00pm

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.

USDA Announces Effort to Cut Energy Costs for Farmers, Ranchers, Rural Small Businesses

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 10:00pm

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.

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Updated 2012 Census of Agriculture Data

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement on the updated 2012 Census of Agriculture data:

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