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Secretary Vilsack Highlights Innovative Conservation Efforts during Midwest Farm Visit

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

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

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

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

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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USDA Announces Loan Guarantee to Help Innovative Company Turn Waste Into Renewable Jet Fuel

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 12:00am
LAS VEGAS, Sept. 4, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA has closed on a loan guarantee to Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels, LLC to build a biorefinery to produce jet fuel from municipal solid waste.
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USDA Announces First Quarter Sugar Feedstock Flexibility Program Expectations and Sugar Tariff Rate Quotas for Fiscal Year 2015

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) today announced that it does not expect to purchase sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program in fiscal year 2015.
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Livestock Producers Urged to Enroll in Disaster Assistance Program by Oct. 1

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses to act to secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted before that date.
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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Updated Forecast for U.S. Agricultural Exports

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, August 28, 2014—The U.S. Department of Agriculture today released its fourth quarter Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade. USDA’s final projections for Fiscal Year 2014 indicate that the value of agricultural exports will increase an additional $3 billion from last quarter’s estimate of $149.5 billion to reach $152.5 billion, the highest on record.
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Enrollment for New Dairy Farm Risk Management Program to Begin Sept. 2

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that starting Sept. 2, 2014, farmers can enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, 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 Invest $45 Million to Improve Water Quality in Lake Champlain

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:00am
BURLINGTON, VERMONT, Aug. 28, 2014-– Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that up to $45 million will be provided to protect and improve soil and water quality in the Lake Champlain Basin in Vermont over the next five years.
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Interior, USDA Partnership Protects and Restores Important Central Arizona Watershed

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:00am
PAYSON, Arizona, Aug. 27, 2014 – Interior Deputy Secretary Michael Connor and Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Robert Bonnie joined state, local and private partners today to mark the signing of a new joint watershed restoration agreement for C.C. Cragin Reservoir in Central Arizona. The agreement is a pilot project of the Western Watershed Enhancement Partnership, aimed at reducing the risks of costly wildfires and their impact on western watersheds as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.
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USDA Continues Commitment to Hurricane Sandy Recovery

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that up to $99 million in conservation funding will be provided to assist Hurricane Sandy victims in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. Funding will be used to enroll 671 acres of hurricane-damaged property into permanent floodplain easements, while also making affected communities more resilient to future flooding and storm surges.
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USDA Announces $200 Million to Promote Innovation in SNAP Employment and Training Programs

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2014 – The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that up to $200 million in competitive grants is available for state SNAP agencies to design and conduct employment and training (E&T) pilot projects to help Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants find jobs and increase their earnings.
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Food Bank Competition Enters Final Week

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2014 – A friendly competition among the nation’s food banks to sign up the most donors in the U.S. Food Waste Challenge is drawing to a close, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Feeding America will determine a winner in early September.
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USDA Reopens Chinese Market Access for California Citrus

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:00am
Washington, D.C. – Aug. 22, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that California citrus farmers will be able to resume exports to China this season. California citrus exports are valued at $30 million annually.
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New Report Shows Budget Impact of Rising Firefighting Costs

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, August 20, 2014—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new report showing that as the cost of fighting forest fires has rapidly increased over the last 20 years, the budgets for other forest programs, including those that can help prevent and mitigate fire damage, have substantially shrunk.
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USDA Announces $25 Million for Agricultural Entrepreneurs to Turn Commodities into Value-Added Products

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:00am
LOUDON, N.H., Aug. 19, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today highlighted the importance of rural entrepreneurs to the U.S. economy and announced investments to help rural businesses grow, diversify and create jobs.
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Arctic Grayling Does Not Warrant Protection Under Endangered Species Act Due to Collaborative Partnerships

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:00am
MONTANA, August 19, 2014 -– The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today its finding that the Upper Missouri River Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the Arctic grayling does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
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More than 1.6 Million Worldwide to Benefit from USDA International Assistance Program

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service today announced funding for seven international projects through the 2014 Food for Progress Program. In total, more than 1.6 million people will directly benefit from the program this year.
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