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USDA Announces Funding Availability for Biomass Crops for Energy

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, June 9, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting applications June 16 from energy facilities interested in receiving forest or agricultural residues to generate clean energy.
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Obama Administration Announces Additional Support to Help Communities Boost Local Food Economies

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 12:00am
Washington, D.C., June 9, 2014 -- Today, on behalf of the White House Rural Council, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Local Food, Local Places, a federal initiative that will provide direct technical support to rural communities to help them build strong local food systems as part of their community's economic action plans.
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USDA Announces Funding, Issues Federal Order to Combat PEDv

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 12:00am
Washington, D.C., June 5, 2014 – In response to the significant impact porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) and porcine deltacoronavirus (PDCoV) are having on U.S. pork producers, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced $26.2 million in funding to combat these diseases. Additionally, USDA issued a Federal Order requiring the reporting of new detections of these viruses to its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) or State animal health officials.
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USDA Announces Programs to Conserve Sensitive Land and Help Beginning Farmers

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, June 4, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that farmers, ranchers and landowners committed to protecting and conserving environmentally sensitive land may sign up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) beginning June 9. The Secretary also announced that retiring farmers enrolled in CRP could receive incentives to transfer a portion of their land to beginning, disadvantaged or veteran farmers through the Transition Incentives Program (TIP).
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Obama Administration Hosts First "Made in Rural America" Forum to Promote Rural Exports

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:00am
Canonsburg, PA, June 4, 2014 -- The White House Rural Council today held the first “Made in Rural America” regional export forum with business owners and local leaders in Canonsburg. The one day meeting was hosted by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack delivered the keynote address. The forum kicks off a series that will include four additional forums to be headlined by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Small Business Administration Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, Export-Import Bank Chairman Fred Hochberg, and United States Trade Representative Michael Froman.
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USDA Selects 2014 Class of E. Kika De La Garza Fellows

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, June 3, 2014 – The USDA today announced the 15 members of the 2014 class of the E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program.
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