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Agriculture Secretary Announces Funding for 115 Conservation Projects in 50 States--Farm Bill Initiative Marks New Era for Conservation efforts

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 1:00am
PHOENIX, Ariz., Jan. 14, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that 115 high-impact projects across all 50 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico will receive more than $370 million in Federal funding as part of the new USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).
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USDA Announces More Than $18 Million to Support Training and Development for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 1:00am
WASHINGTON – Jan. 12, 2105 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced the availability of more than $18 million in funding to help educate, mentor and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers. This support is available through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP), administered by USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
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US Forest Service Reminds Recreationists of First Fee-Free Day for 2015

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 1:00am
WASHINGTON, January 12, 2015 – The U.S. Forest Service will waive fees at most of its day-use recreation sites five times in 2015, beginning with Jan.19, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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More than Half of Nation's Dairy Producers Enroll in New Margin Protection Program

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 1:00am
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2015 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that more than 23,000 of the nation’s dairy operations – over half of all dairy farms in America – have enrolled in the new safety-net program created by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as the Margin Protection Program.
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Statement from Secretary Vilsack on Retirement of Dr. Janey Thornton

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 1:00am
WASHINGTON, January 9, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today made the following statement on the retirement of Deputy Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Dr. Janey Thornton:
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USDA Observes Kick Off of the International Year of Soils

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 1:00am
WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today begins its celebration of the International Year of Soils to highlight the importance of healthy soils for food security, ecosystem functions and resilient farms and ranches.
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