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USDA Releases 2013 Annual Summary for Pesticide Data Program

USDA Latest News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:00am
WASHINGTON, December 19, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has posted data from the 2013 Pesticide Data Program (PDP) Annual Summary. The PDP summary confirms that overall pesticide chemical residues found on the foods tested are at levels below the tolerances established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and do not pose a safety concern.
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Remarks as Prepared for Secretary Tom Vilsack at the Cooperation on Advancing Mutual Goals in Food & Agriculture Session of the U.S.-China Joint Committee on Commerce and Trade Meeting in Chicago

USDA Latest News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 1:00am
I would like to thank the U.S.-China Business Council, Mead Johnson Nutrition, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade for allowing me to speak on such an important theme today. I also want to applaud you for focusing attention on the extensive existing cooperation between the United States and China on agriculture and food.
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Highly Pathogenic H5 Avian Influenza Confirmed in Wild Birds in Washington State H5N2 Found in Northern Pintail Ducks & H5N8 Found in Captive Gyrfalcons

USDA Latest News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 1:00am
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2014 — The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic (HPAI) H5 avian influenza in wild birds in Whatcom County, Washington. Two separate virus strains were identified: HPAI H5N2 in northern pintail ducks and HPAI H5N8 in captive Gyrfalcons that were fed hunter-killed wild birds.
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USDA Announces Early Release of Commodity Tables for USDA's Agricultural Projections to 2024

USDA Latest News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:00am
WASHINGTON, Dec 16, 2014 — On Dec. 18, 2014, at 11:00am EST, the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will release selected tables from its upcoming USDA Agricultural Projections to 2024 report. USDA will post online tables containing long-term supply, use, and price projections to 2024 for major crops and livestock products, and will include supporting U.S. and international macroeconomic assumptions.
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USDA Improves Forest Health by Harvesting Biomass for Energy

USDA Latest News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:00am
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that more than 200,000 tons of biomass were removed from federal lands through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP).
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Federal Agencies Support Virginia's Innovative Market-based Approach to Improving Water Quality in Chesapeake Bay

USDA Latest News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:00am
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2014 – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy today joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary (USDA) Tom Vilsack, Mike Boots of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Commonwealth of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a private investor and an Appomattox, VA farmer to recognize an innovative, market-based nutrient trading program run by Virginia to improve the water quality of Chesapeake Bay.
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USDA Provides Greater Protection for Fruit, Vegetable and Other Specialty Crop Growers

USDA Latest News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 1:00am
WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance.
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USDA Seeks Public Comment on New Environmental Quality Incentives Program Rule

USDA Latest News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 1:00am
WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is publishing a rule that outlines how it will improve the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), one of USDA's largest conservation programs. The interim final rule includes program changes authorized by Congress in the 2014 Farm Bill.
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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Retirement of Dr. Joe Glauber

USDA Latest News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 1:00am
WASHINGTON, December 11, 2014 - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today made the following statement on the retirement from federal service of USDA Chief Economist Dr. Joe Glauber:
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USDA Citrus Disease Subcommittee Meets on FY 2015 Research Agenda, Budget Priorities

USDA Latest News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 1:00am
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2014 - USDA is announcing that the Citrus Disease Subcommittee is meeting Dec. 9-10 in Lake Alfred, Fl., to consider and make recommendations for the Fiscal Year 2015 research agenda, budget, and annual priorities for the Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program.
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USDA Announces 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum Speakers, Theme "Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century"

USDA Latest News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 1:00am
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced speakers for the 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum, "Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century," to be held from Feb. 19-20, 2015, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, Arlington, Va.
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USDA Joins Global Partners to Kick Off International Year of Soils in 2015

USDA Latest News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 1:00am
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2014 – Today, USDA joins nations from across the globe to kick off the International Year of Soils, an effort to highlight the importance of soil in everyday life.
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USDA Extends Application Deadline for Dairy Margin Protection Program to Dec. 19

USDA Latest News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 1:00am
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2014 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the application deadline for the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) will be extended until Dec. 19, 2014. The program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, protects participating dairy producers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below levels of protection selected by the applicant.
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Obama Administration Selects 26 Communities to Develop Local Food Projects, Encourage Economic Expansion

USDA Latest News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 1:00am
Wheeling, WV, Dec. 3 -- Today, on behalf of the White House Rural Council, six federal agencies joined to announce 26 communities selected to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative providing technical support to integrate local food systems into community economic action plans. Under this effort, a team of agricultural, transportation, environmental, public health and regional economic experts will work directly with the communities to develop specifically identified local food projects.
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USDA Announces $9.7 Million in Dedicated Outreach and Technical Assistance to Diversify American Agriculture

USDA Latest News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 1:00am
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2014 – Today, US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $9.7 million in grants to 62 community-based and non-profit organizations, and educational institutions to conduct training, outreach and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged (including tribal) and veteran farmers and ranchers.
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USDA Announces New Support to Help Schools Purchase More Food from Local Farmers

USDA Latest News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 1:00am
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 2, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced more than $5 million in grants for 82 projects spanning 42 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands that support the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) efforts to connect school cafeterias with local farmers and ranchers through its Farm to School Program. The program helps schools purchase more food from local farmers and ranchers in their communities, expanding access to healthy local food for school children and supporting local economies.
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USDA Announces Support for Producers of Advanced Biofuel

USDA Latest News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 1:00am
WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is making $5.6 million in grants to 220 producers across the nation to support the production of advanced biofuels, and is awarding more than $4 million in additional grants that will advance the bioeconomy and reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil.
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USDA Disaster Assistance to Help Thousands of Honeybee, Livestock and Farm-Raised Fish Producers

USDA Latest News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 1:00am
WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA today announced that nearly 2,500 applicants will receive disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2013.
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Landmark Report Charts Path to Commercialization of Cellulosic Nanomaterials

USDA Latest News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 1:00am
WASHINGTON, November 24, 2014 - The U.S. Forest Service has released a report that details the pathway to commercializing affordable, renewable, and biodegradable cellulose nanomaterials from trees. Cellulosic nanomaterials are tiny, naturally occurring structural building blocks and hold great promise for many new and improved commercial products. Commercializing these materials also has the potential to create hundreds of thousands of American jobs while helping to restore our nation's forests.
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