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USDA Announces Funding to Improve Rural Water Systems Nationwide and Upgrade Water Infrastructure in Rural Alaska Villages

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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President Obama Designates San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 12:00am
Oct. 10, 2014 - President Obama will use his authority under the Antiquities Act to establish 346,177 acres of national forest land in the San Gabriel Mountains in southern California as a national monument, permanently protecting the popular outdoor recreation destination to increase access and outdoor opportunities for the area's residents. This monument designation builds on more than a decade of public support from business, tourism, environmental justice, conservation, academic and cultural preservation communities and on the leadership from members of Congress.
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USDA Report Outlines Opportunities in the Emerging Bioeconomy

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a comprehensive report synthesizing current literature that explores opportunities in the emerging bioeconomy. The report, entitled Why Biobased?, was created as a precursor for a more comprehensive economic study to be released in the coming months by the USDA BioPreferred program on the economic impacts of the biobased products industry.
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Statement from Secretary Vilsack Celebrating Central State University's New Status as an 1890 Land-Grant Institution

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 12:00am
WILBERFORCE, OHIO, October 7, 2014 — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today gave remarks at an event celebrating Central State University’s designation as an 1890 Land-Grant Institution. Central State University received the designation in the 2014 Farm Bill, signed in February.
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USDA Expands Access to Credit to Help More Beginning and Family Farmers

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2014 – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will improve farm loans by expanding eligibility and increasing lending limits to help more beginning and family farmers.
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USDA Guarantees $91 Million Investment In Innovative Louisiana Biofuel Plant

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:00am
BATON ROUGE, La., Oct. 3, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a $91 million loan guarantee to help finance an innovative advanced biofuel plant in Rapides Parish, Louisiana.
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USDA Invests Nearly $118 Million to Support America's Specialty Crop Producers

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:00am
MIAMI, Fla, Oct. 2, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced nearly $118 million in grants to strengthen markets for specialty crops, such as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, horticulture and nursery crops.
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United States and Brazil Reach Agreement to End WTO Cotton Dispute

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 - Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced that the United States and Brazil have reached agreement to settle the longstanding Cotton dispute in the World Trade Organization (WTO).
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USDA Helps Deliver the Latest in Innovative Agricultural Methods to Small, Socially Disadvantaged Agricultural Producers

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, October 1, 2014 - Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today awarded 17 grants in 12 states to help small, socially disadvantaged agricultural producers expand their operations and create jobs.
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