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Nation's Ag Co-ops Set Record for Annual Sales and Income

USDA Latest News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the nation's farmer, rancher and fishery cooperatives set a new sales record in 2013, with total business volume of more than $246 billion. That surpasses the previous record, set in 2012, by $8 billion, a 4 percent gain.
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USDA Awards Over $52 Million in Grants to Grow Organic and Local Food Economies

USDA Latest News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 12:00am
DOSWELL, Va., Sept. 29, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the award of over $52 million in support of the growing organic industry and local and regional food systems through five U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant programs.
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USDA Announces up to $31 Million to Empower People to Make Healthy Eating Choices

USDA Latest News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 12:00am
Richmond, VA, Sept. 29, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is making up to $31.5 million in funding available to help participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) more easily afford healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables.
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USDA Invests $20 Million to Hire 11,000 Youth and Veterans on Forest Lands

USDA Latest News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, September 26, 2014-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today that in fiscal year 2014, the U.S. Forest Service invested a total of $20 million in partnerships that supported work and training opportunities for 11,000 youth and veterans on national forests and grasslands. Service members worked on projects that addressed restoration, hazardous fuels, watershed protection, wilderness stewardship, recreation access, facilities management, trail maintenance, and other natural and cultural resource priorities.
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USDA Implements New Farm Bill Provision for Peanut Producers

USDA Latest News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a new peanut revenue policy that will be available for eligible peanut producers.
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FACT SHEET - Secretary Kerry, Secretary Vilsack Launch Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture

USDA Latest News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:00am
The United States is a founding member of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture. As part of its commitment to promoting climate smart agriculture around the world, the U.S. government supports the following initiatives:
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Specialty Crop Committee to Host Public Meeting

USDA Latest News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014 – The Specialty Crop Committee will meet on Oct. 1 and 2 in Washington, DC, to provide consultation to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) on the relevancy review process for the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI).
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Secretary Kerry, Secretary Vilsack Launch Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture

USDA Latest News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:00am
Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack launched the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture on Wednesday to promote greater international engagement on ways agriculture can help reduce the impact of climate change.
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U.S. Forest Service Encourages Participation in Public Lands Day

USDA Latest News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014 — The U.S. Forest Service is offering a fee-free day on Sept. 27, 2014 in conjunction with the 21st annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the Nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands projects that ensure sustainable ecosystems and promote vibrant communities.
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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Formation of the New Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture

USDA Latest News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:00am
The Obama Administration today announced the launch of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture, a new effort to promote greater international engagement on ways agriculture can help mitigate the impact of climate change.
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USDA Announces $59 Million in Loans and Grants to Increase Economic Opportunity, Support Rural Microenterprise Development

USDA Latest News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:00am
PIKEVILLE, Ky., Sept. 24, 2014 – USDA Rural Development Acting Under Secretary Doug O'Brien today announced the selection of 78 utilities and development organizations for loans and grants to support rural business activities that will boost economic growth in rural communities.
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USDA Requests Applications for Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center

USDA Latest News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that up to $2.5 million is available to establish the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center. This competitive grant is part of USDA’s efforts to reduce childhood food insecurity in rural communities in America.
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Secretary Vilsack Reappoints Members to the National Genetic Resources Advisory Council

USDA Latest News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the reappointment of four individuals to serve on the National Genetic Resources Advisory Council (NGRAC), a subcommittee of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board.
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Obama Administration Announces Competition to Designate Next Round of Promise Zones

USDA Latest News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2014 - U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, joined U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan to announce a competition to designate a new round of Promise Zones.
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USDA Announces Additional Support for Citrus Growers Impacted by HLB

USDA Latest News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made new financial assistance available to eligible Florida citrus growers for the removal of trees afflicted with Huanglongbing (HLB, also known as citrus greening) and for replanting groves with new healthy stock. The support comes through USDA's Tree Assistance Program.
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Secretary Vilsack Highlights Innovative Conservation Efforts during Midwest Farm Visit

USDA Latest News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:00am
MOLINE, Ill., Sept. 15, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the award of $15.7 million in Conservation Innovation Grants (CIGs) to 47 organizations that will help develop and demonstrate cutting-edge ideas to accelerate innovation in private lands conservation. The Secretary made the announcement while visiting a farm in Illinois.
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USDA Announces Investments to Increase Economic Activity in Rural Areas and on Native Lands

USDA Latest News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:00am
BURLINGTON, Vt., Sept. 12, 2014 – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced that USDA is investing in rural businesses and development organizations to spur economic growth in rural areas and in Tribal communities.
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USDA Announces Major Investments to Modernize Service, Improve the Reliability of Rural Electric Systems

USDA Latest News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is investing more than $518 million in rural electric cooperatives to improve the delivery of electric power to communities in 15 states. This funding is part of nearly $50 billion that USDA has invested in infrastructure improvements since 2009.
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USDA Provides $328 Million to Conserve Wetlands and Farmland, Boost Economy

USDA Latest News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that $328 million in conservation funding is being invested to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the nation. The USDA initiative will benefit wildlife and promote outdoor recreation and related sectors of the economy.
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Secretary Vilsack Appoints Members to the Council for Native American Farming and Ranching

USDA Latest News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2014--Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the re-appointment of eight members and the appointment of three new members to the Council for Native American Farming and Ranching.
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