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China Lifts Suspension on Washington State Apples

USDA Latest News - 17 hours 38 min ago
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that China is lifting its suspension of red and golden delicious apple imports from Washington State.
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USDA Announces $29 Million to Provide Housing for Farmworkers

USDA Latest News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is investing $29 million to provide affordable housing for farm laborers and their families.
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US Forest Service Waives Fees in Honor of Veteran’s Day

USDA Latest News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2014 – The U.S. Forest Service will waive fees at most of its day-use recreation sites on Nov. 11, 2014, in honor of Veteran’s Day.
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USDA Extends Dairy Margin Protection Program Deadlines

USDA Latest News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:00am
GRAPEVINE, Texas, Oct. 29, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, speaking at the National Milk Producers Federation annual meeting, today announced extended deadlines for the dairy Margin Protection Program. Farmers now have until Dec. 5, 2014, to enroll in the voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The program provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.
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USDA to Provide $4 million For Honey Bee Habitat

USDA Latest News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that more than $4 million in technical and financial assistance will be provided to help farmers and ranchers in the Midwest improve the health of honey bees, which play an important role in crop production.
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USDA Announces New Partnership with National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to Support Ongoing Gulf Restoration

USDA Latest News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:00am
NORCO, La., Oct. 28, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new partnership between USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) that will provide additional support for restoration of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem in response to impacts that occurred as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.
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USDA Proposes Inclusion of New, Innovative Products in the BioPreferred Program

USDA Latest News - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, October 27, 2014 ─ As part of the continued rapid implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced proposed new actions to include new forest products in the BioPreferred® program.
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Agriculture Secretary Announces Funding to Strengthen Rural Businesses and Cooperatives and Boost Economic Development in Rural Communities

USDA Latest News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of 43 organizations in 27 states for grants and loans to help create jobs and boost economic development activity in rural areas.
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USDA Announces Funding to Improve Rural Water Systems Nationwide and Upgrade Water Infrastructure in Rural Alaska Villages

USDA Latest News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:00am
ANCHORAGE, Oct. 23, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is providing more than $352 million in loans and grants to upgrade rural water and wastewater systems nationwide and make infrastructure improvements in rural Alaska villages. The projects funded will not only help ensure rural places have access to clean water, but will also create jobs and help communities retain and attract new businesses and families.
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USDA Launches New Initiative: Finances First Energy Efficiency Program Loans in Arkansas and North Carolina

USDA Latest News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, October 23, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA has funded the first two loans under the new Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program, which is designed to help consumers reduce energy bills through energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy systems.
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USDA Releases New State-by-State "Made in Rural America" Report

USDA Latest News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2014 – As part of the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) commitment to strengthening rural economies, Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new state-by-state "Made in Rural America" report illustrating the impact of USDA investments in rural communities.
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USDA Announces Funding for Rural Broadband and Telecommunications Infrastructure

USDA Latest News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $190.5 million in grants and loans to make broadband and other advanced communications infrastructure improvements in rural areas.
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USDA to Launch New Farm Bill Program to Help Provide Relief to Farmers Affected by Severe Weather

USDA Latest News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the implementation of a new Farm Bill initiative that will provide relief to farmers affected by severe weather, including drought.
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USDA Invests in Small and Emerging Rural Businesses and Rural Transportation

USDA Latest News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is investing $4.9 million in 50 projects across the country to support small and emerging rural businesses and rural transportation projects.
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USDA Awards $18 Million in Small Business Research Grants Supporting Agricultural Research and Development

USDA Latest News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today awarded more than $18 million in grants to small businesses for high quality, advanced research and development that will lead to technological innovations and solutions for American agriculture.
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USDA Awards Funding for Regional Centers of Excellence in Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention

USDA Latest News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today awarded $4 million in grants to establish four regional centers of excellence for research on nutrition education and obesity prevention, as well as a coordinating center, which will develop and test innovative nutrition education and obesity prevention interventions for underserved, low-income families.
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USDA Invests $1.4 Billion to Improve Rural Electric Infrastructure

USDA Latest News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $1.4 billion in USDA loan guarantees to improve the delivery of electric power to rural communities in 21 states.
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Iowa Leads USDA’s List of Top 100 Ag Co-ops

USDA Latest News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:00am
DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 16, 2014 – Iowa is home to more top 100 agricultural cooperatives than any other state, according to recently released USDA data. The number of top 100 co-ops in Iowa, 16, is up from 11 a decade ago.
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USDA Announces Measures to Help Farmers Diversify Weed Control Efforts

USDA Latest News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced several steps that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking to address the increase of herbicide resistant weeds in U.S. agricultural systems.
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Statements from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell on the Designation of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

USDA Latest News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, October 10, 2014 — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell today made the following statements:
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