USDA, Latest Releases


Syndicate content USDA - Latest News Releases
USDA - Latest News Releases
Updated: 39 min 18 sec ago

USDA Releases State by State Impacts of Limited Wildfire Suppression In Recent Years

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, June 9, 2014 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture today released information showing how limited federal firefighting budgets have impacted states over the last two fiscal years (FYs 2012 and 2013). The state-by-state report provides examples of how funding for local wildfire preparedness, forest restoration, and other activities in nearly every state across the country has been used to instead fight fires when wildfire suppression budgets did not fully cover firefighting costs.

USDA Announces Funding Availability for Biomass Crops for Energy

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, June 9, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting applications June 16 from energy facilities interested in receiving forest or agricultural residues to generate clean energy.

Obama Administration Announces Additional Support to Help Communities Boost Local Food Economies

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 10:00pm

Washington, D.C., June 9, 2014 -- Today, on behalf of the White House Rural Council, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Local Food, Local Places, a federal initiative that will provide direct technical support to rural communities to help them build strong local food systems as part of their community's economic action plans.

USDA Announces Funding, Issues Federal Order to Combat PEDv

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 10:00pm

Washington, D.C., June 5, 2014 – In response to the significant impact porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) and porcine deltacoronavirus (PDCoV) are having on U.S. pork producers, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced $26.2 million in funding to combat these diseases. Additionally, USDA issued a Federal Order requiring the reporting of new detections of these viruses to its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) or State animal health officials.

USDA Announces Programs to Conserve Sensitive Land and Help Beginning Farmers

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, June 4, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that farmers, ranchers and landowners committed to protecting and conserving environmentally sensitive land may sign up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) beginning June 9. The Secretary also announced that retiring farmers enrolled in CRP could receive incentives to transfer a portion of their land to beginning, disadvantaged or veteran farmers through the Transition Incentives Program (TIP).

Obama Administration Hosts First "Made in Rural America" Forum to Promote Rural Exports

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 10:00pm

Canonsburg, PA, June 4, 2014 -- The White House Rural Council today held the first “Made in Rural America” regional export forum with business owners and local leaders in Canonsburg. The one day meeting was hosted by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack delivered the keynote address. The forum kicks off a series that will include four additional forums to be headlined by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Small Business Administration Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, Export-Import Bank Chairman Fred Hochberg, and United States Trade Representative Michael Froman.

USDA Selects 2014 Class of E. Kika De La Garza Fellows

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, June 3, 2014 – The USDA today announced the 15 members of the 2014 class of the E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Kicks off the 2014 "Feds Feed Families" Nationwide Food Drive

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, June 2, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today kicked off the 6th annual Feds Feed Families Campaign at the USDA Headquarters in Washington D.C. The food drive is an annual event in which Federal employees in the Washington metropolitan area and around the country collect food for distribution by food banks, food pantries, and shelters.

USDA Celebrates Homeownership Month

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today kicked-off National Homeownership Month by highlighting USDA’s record delivery of single-family housing assistance to rural families and encouraging rural residents to purchase or refinance homes in rural areas.

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Updated Forecast for U.S. Agricultural Exports

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture today released its Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade report. USDA projects that Fiscal Year 2014 agricultural exports will reach $149.5 billion, an estimated $6.9 billion higher than previous estimates and, if realized, a new record for American agricultural exports.

USDA Awarding $6 Million to Prepare Farmers for New Farm Bill Programs

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 10:00pm

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding $6 million to universities and cooperative state extension services to develop online decision tools and other materials and train experts to educate producers about several key farm bill programs. The new Web tools will help farmers and ranchers determine what participation in programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill will mean for their businesses.


Add to calendar