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USDA Provides Aid to 73,000 Rural Californians Impacted by Drought

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 12:00am
FARMERSVILLE, Calif., July 18, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced USDA is providing $9.7 million in emergency water assistance to 73,000 residents in 11 California counties experiencing the driest year on record.
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Research Projects to Improve Plant Feedstocks for Bioenergy Production

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the selection of 10 projects that are being awarded funding aimed at accelerating genetic breeding programs to improve plant feedstocks for the production of biofuels, biopower, and biobased products.
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Historic Farm Bill Funding Available to Organic Producers and Handlers

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that approximately $13 million in Farm Bill funding is now available for organic certification cost-share assistance, making certification more accessible than ever for small certified producers and handlers.
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USDA Announces Funding to Improve Electric Systems in Rural Areas

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, July 16, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is investing $236.3 million to help modernize and improve the reliability of rural electric systems in eight states.
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USDA Awards Funds to Promote Development of Rural Wood to Energy Projects

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, July 15, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the award of more than $2.5 million in grants to develop wood energy teams in 11 states and an additional $1.25 million for nine wood energy projects.
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USDA Announces $4.3 million Investment in Eastern Kentucky

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:00am
LONDON, Ky., July 11, 2014 – U.S. Agriculture Rural Development Administrator for Rural Housing Services and Community Facilities Tony Hernandez announced $4.3 million to expand health care services and create local jobs in eastern Kentucky. The funds will increase hospital capacity, expand health care services, and create continued economic opportunity in the region.
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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Senate Confirmation of Darci Vetter as Chief Agricultural Negotiator

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, July 10, 2014—U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today made the following statement on the Senate Confirmation of Darci Vetter as U.S. Chief Agricultural Negotiator:
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USDA Provides 12-Week Progress Update on Disaster Assistance

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provided a 12-week progress report on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs today, announcing that USDA has processed 106,000 payments to farmers in 40 states across the country who suffered livestock and grazing losses between October 2011 and passage of the 2014 Farm Bill.
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