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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Proclaims April 2015 National Garden Month

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, April 17, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared April National Garden Month. Throughout the month, USDA will celebrate the contributions of home, school and community gardens in providing healthy food for the table; pleasant surroundings and recreational benefits for people; and beneficial habitat for wildlife across the Nation.
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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Introduction of Legislation to Support Trade Promotion Authority

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, April 16, 2015 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released the following statement:
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USDA Reminds Farmers to Certify Conservation Compliance by June 1 Deadline

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 16, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers that the 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) with their local USDA service center by June 1, 2015, in order to become or remain eligible for crop insurance premium support.
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USDA Awards Grants to Help Rural Communities Create Jobs and Strengthen Economic Development Capacity

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 12:00am
KINGSPORT, Tenn., April 15, 2015 – Agriculture Under Secretary Lisa Mensah today announced the selection of 31 community-based organizations in 17 states and the District of Columbia for grants to help small rural communities create jobs and boost economic development. The grants are being made available through USDA Rural Development’s Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program.
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USDA Announces Record Number of Organic Producers in U.S.

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that the organic industry continues to show remarkable growth domestically and globally, with 19,474 certified organic operations in the United States and a total of 27,814 certified organic operations around the world.
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Statement by Krysta L. Harden Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Before the House Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 12:00am
Chairman Davis, Ranking Member Del Bene, and Members of the Subcommittee, I am pleased to have the opportunity to address you today on the topic of the future of American farming and ranching.
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USDA Expands Beef and Pork Trade with Mexico and Peru

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:00am
DES MOINES, Iowa, April 10, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recently reached agreements allowing U.S. beef and pork producers greater access to consumers in Mexico and Peru.
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Snowpack Melts Early Across the West

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, April 10, 2015 - West-wide snowpack is melting earlier than usual, according to data from the fourth 2015 forecast by the United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
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USDA Invests in Critical Dam Rehabilitation and Assessment Projects in 23 States

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, April 9, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today $73 million to be invested this year to rehabilitate and assess dams across the nation to ensure this critical infrastructure is protecting Americans from harm, securing public health and expanding water supplies in drought affected areas.
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USDA Awards Funds to Expand and Accelerate Wood Energy and Wood Product Markets in 23 States

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, April 9, 2015 - Today Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the award of over $9 million to expand and accelerate wood energy and other wood product markets. The federal funds will leverage $22 million in investments from partners, resulting in a total investment of $31 million in 23 states.
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Sentinel Landscape Partnership Announced at Fort Huachuca and NAS Patuxent River-Atlantic Test Ranges

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2015 – The Departments of Agriculture, Defense, and Interior today designated as Sentinel Landscapes Fort Huachuca (Arizona) and Naval Air Station Patuxent River-Atlantic Test Ranges (Maryland). The 2nd and 3rd landscapes designated under the growing effort, the collaborative Sentinel Landscape Partnership supports efforts to promote working lands, protect wildlife habitat, and ensure military readiness at military bases across the country.
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USDA Funding to Help Clean Waterways in Mississippi River Basin

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, April 7, 2015 – Targeted conservation work in the Mississippi River basin will unite the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), farmers and local organizations to help clean waterways that flow into the nation’s largest river. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is investing $10 million this year in 27 new high-priority watersheds and 13 existing projects that will help improve water quality and strengthen agricultural operations. This investment is part of a commitment of $100 million over four years to address critical water quality concerns in priority watersheds while boosting rural economies.
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USDA Awards Grants to Address Water Quality, Availablity in Agriculture Communities

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, April 7, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced 21 grants totaling more than $10 million have been awarded to universities to support critical water problems in rural and agricultural watersheds across the United States. The awards were made through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Water for Agriculture challenge area and the National Integrated Water Quality Program.
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U.S. Forest Service Partnership Effort Improves Health of America's Forests

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, April 7, 2015 — The U.S. Forest Service announced today that 1.45 million acres of America’s forests and watersheds – an area larger than Delaware – are healthier as a result of collaborative partnerships to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires.
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USDA Announces ‘FoodKeeper’ Application in Advance of World Health Day

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, April 2, 2015 – The U.S. Food Waste Challenge calls on organizations and businesses across the food supply chain to join the fight against food waste. In advance of World Health Day on April 7th, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is reaffirming its commitment to reduce food waste with the launch of a new food application.
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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Approximately $23 Million Available for Citrus Greening Research

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:00am
ORLANDO, Fla., April 1, 2015 – At an Orlando grocery store filled with Florida citrus, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of $23 million in USDA funding to support research and extension projects for producers fighting citrus greening disease. Huanglongbing (HLB), commonly known as citrus greening, threatens the future viability of the citrus industry in the United States, having infected more than 75 percent of the Florida citrus crop.
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USDA Awards $31 Million in Grants to Help SNAP Participants Afford Healthy Foods

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:00am
ORLANDO, Fla., April 1, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA has awarded $31.5 million in funding to local, state, and national organizations to support programs that help participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) increase their purchase of fruits and vegetables. Recognizing that all Americans fall well short of the servings of fruits and vegetables recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the grants will test incentive strategies to help SNAP participants better afford fruits and vegetables.
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Statement from Secretary Vilsack on Helicopter Crash in DeSoto National Forest in Mississippi

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, March 31, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today made the following statement: "I was deeply saddened to learn that U.S. Forest Service Engineering Technician Steve Cobb gave his life in service to his country yesterday afternoon.
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USDA Awards 36 Food Safety Grants, Including $6.7 Million for Antimicrobial Resistance, to Protect Consumers

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, March 31, 2015 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced funding awards totaling nearly $19 million, including more than $6.7 million for antimicrobial resistance strategies, to 36 grantees to ensure a safe and nutritious food supply and while maintaining American agricultural competitiveness. NIFA made the awards through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which is authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.
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USDA Names Courtyard in Washington, DC in Honor of Cesar Chavez

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, March 31, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the naming of the Cesar Chavez Courtyard at USDA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
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