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U.S. Department of Agriculture Farmers Market
Corner of 12th Street and Independence Avenue, South West
202-720-8317

Season: Summer

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May 1 - October 30, 2020
Fridays, 9am - 2pm

Location: Corner of 12th Street and Independence Avenue, South West

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USDA Begins Accepting Applications for $100 Million in Biofuel Infrastructure Grants

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2022 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is accepting applications for $100 million in grants to increase the sale and use of biofuels derived from U.S. agricultural…

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack To Travel To Michigan, Announce New Program For Farmers

On Monday, August 15, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will travel to Michigan, where he will join Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow and Congressman Dan Kildee to announce new efforts to help farmers increase their bottom…

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Department of Agriculture - Biden-Harris Administration to Begin Accepting Applications on September 6 for USDA ReConnect Program Round 4 Funding

Biden-Harris Administration to Begin Accepting Applications on September 6 for USDA ReConnect Program Round 4 Funding More than $1 Billion from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to be Invested to Increase Access to High-Speed…

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USDA Farmers Market Reopens for 25th Market Season

WASHINGTON, DC — On April 18th, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the reopening of the USDA Farmers Market for its 25th market season. The annual Friday market will reopen on Friday, May 6, 2022, and run through Friday, Oct.…

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USDA Announces Inaugural Federal Advisory Committee on Urban Agriculture

Washington, DC - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack selected 12 members to serve on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) inaugural Secretary’s Advisory Committee for Urban Agriculture to provide input on policy development and to…

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USDA Announces Additional Farm Service Agency and Rural Development State Directors

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to appoint five U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regional positions, including four Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Directors and one Rural Development (RD) State…

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USDA Announces Plenary Speakers for 2022 Agricultural Outlook Forum

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today the plenary speakers for the 2022 Agricultural Outlook Forum, themed “New Paths to Sustainability and Productivity Growth,” which will be held…

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces Over $1 Billion in Disaster Relief Funds for Post-Wildfire and Hurricane Recovery

USDA Also Invests $48 Million in Projects to Protect Communities from Wildfire, Restore Forest Ecosystems and Improve Drinking Water San Bernardino, CA - Vice President Kamala Harris and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack January 21, 2022 announced…

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Announces Approval of Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Hundreds of houses and businesses were tragically consumed by fire in suburban communities in Boulder County,” Vilsack said. “While affected families are working to find ways to move forward, D-SNAP can help make sure they are able to…

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Highlights Key Work in 2021 to Promote Food and Nutrition Security

Washington, DC - On January 21, 2022, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture issued the following statement highlighting key accomplishments to promote food and nutrition security at the Department of Agriculture since the Biden-Harris Administration took…

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Highlights Key Work in 2021 to Advance Equity

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack issued the following statement highlighting key steps the Department of Agriculture (USDA) has taken to advance equity under the Biden-Harris Administration. Under Secretary…

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Highlights Key Work in 2021 to Create More and Better Markets

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack issued the following statement highlighting key accomplishments of the Department of Agriculture to create more and better markets since the Biden-Harris Administration took…

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USDA Launches Pilot Program to Deploy Renewable Energy Infrastructure to People in Rural Towns

Funding Will Help People in Particularly Underserved Rural Communities Cut Energy Costs, Increase Energy Resiliency and Address Climate Change Washington, DC - U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack January 19, 2022 announced…

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Key Staff Appointments

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the names of individuals who will hold senior staff positions in Washington, D.C. Scott Marlow was named Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs in the Farm Service Agency Marlow…

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Highlights Key Work in 2021 to Combat Climate Change

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2022 – Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued the following statement delivering on the commitment to combat climate change and highlighting key accomplishments to combat climate change at the Department of…

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USDA Invests $9M to Expand Reach and Increase Adoption of Climate-Smart Practices

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today a $9 million investment in new Cooperative Extension and USDA Climate Hubs partnerships to bolster climate research and connect and share climate-smart solutions directly with the…

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USDA Announces Increased Funding to Support School Meals and toHelp Continue Serving Healthy Meals to Kids

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced an adjustment in school meal reimbursements to help schools continue to serve children healthy and nutritious meals. This move will put an estimated $750…

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USDA Announces Additional Farm Service Agency and Rural Development State Directors

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to appoint four U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regional positions, including two Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Directors and two Rural Development (RD) State…

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USDA Opens 2022 Signup for Dairy Margin Coverage, Expands Program for Supplemental Production

WASHINGTON, DC– As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s ongoing efforts to support dairy farmers and rural communities, today the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) opened signup for the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program and…

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USDA to Make Up to $800 Million Available to Provide Economic Relief to Biofuel Producers and Restore Renewable Fuel Markets Hit by the Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA will make up to $800 million available to support biofuel producers and infrastructure. Today’s announcement includes $700 million to…

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USDA Establishes Food Purchase Program to Transform the Food System, Build Back Better via Local Food Purchase

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the establishment of the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program (LFPA) that will award up to $400 million for emergency food assistance purchases of…

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USDA Invests $633 Million in Climate-Smart and Resilient Infrastructure for People in Rural Communities

SHREWSBURY, Pa – United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the Department is investing $633 million to reduce the impacts of climate change (PDF, 394 KB) on rural communities. With the enactment of…

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USDA Begins Accepting Applications for $1.15 Billion in Loans and Grants to Help People Living in Rural Communities Get Access to High-Speed Internet

WASHINGTON,DC – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the Department has begun accepting applications for up to $1.15 billion in loans and grants to help people in rural areas get access to high-speed…

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USDA Announces Additional Farm Service Agency and Rural Development State Directors

WASHINGTON,DC – Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to appoint six U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regional positions, including four Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Directors and two Rural Development (RD) State…

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics and Other Key Staff Appointments

WASHINGTON,DC-The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the names of individuals who will hold senior positions in Washington, D.C. Shefali Mehta was named Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics Mehta comes to…

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Key Staff

Washington,DC-The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the names of individuals who will hold key staff positions in Washington, D.C. Joaquin Altoro was appointed Administrator of the Rural Housing Service within Rural Development For…

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USDA Launching Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate

On November 2, at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), the United States and United Arab Emirates officially launched the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate) alongside 31 countries and over 48…

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USDA Announces Over $243 Million in Grants Awarded to Strengthen the Specialty Crop Industry

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced an investment of more than $243 million in grants to support specialty crops, including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts and nursery crops through two USDA…

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Joint Statement from U.S. and Mexican Agriculture Secretaries

AMES, IOWA, Oct. 20, 2021 – Mexican Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development Victor Villalobos and United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack issued the following statement at the conclusion of their bilateral meeting in Ames,…

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USDA Seeks Comments on the Labeling of Meat and Poultry Products Derived from Animal Cells

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published today an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) to solicit comments and information regarding the labeling…

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Food Help on the Way for Louisiana Households Hit by Hurricane Ida

xWASHINGTON, September 2, 2021 – Families in Louisiana affected by Hurricane Ida will soon be able to receive food packages containing USDA Foods – nutritious, high-quality foods 100% grown and produced on farms in the U.S. USDA approved…

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USDA Establishes Dairy Donation Program

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2021 - U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Jewel Bronaugh today announced the establishment of a $400 million Dairy Donation Program (DDP) on a call with Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow. The…

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USDA Statement on the Affordable Housing Crisis

WASHINGTON, August 25, 2021 — As the nation continues to grapple with an affordable housing crisis worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, USDA is committed to supporting our tenants and owners. In addition to previous actions taken by the Biden…

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Agriculture Deputy Secretary Dr. Jewel Bronaugh, U.S. Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow to Announce Additional Assistance for Dairy Producers

Washington, DC — On Wednesday, August 25, U.S. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Dr. Jewel Bronaugh will participate in a media call with Senate Agriculture Chairwoman U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Michigan Milk Producers Association…

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USDA on Track to Provide Record-Breaking Support for Rural Working Capital Needs in Fiscal Year 2021

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2021 – United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson today announced that USDA is on track to provide a record level of support for rural working capital and…

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USDA Invests $26 Million in Biofuel Infrastructure to Expand Availability of Higher-Blend Renewable Fuels in 23 States

Projects Will Increase Availability of Biofuels by 822 Million Gallons Annually WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2021 – Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is…

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Secretaries Haaland and Vilsack Announce Implementation of New Pay Initiatives for Wildland Firefighters

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2021 – Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the implementation of President Biden’s pay initiatives to recognize and support federal wildland firefighters. The…

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USDA Modernizes the Thrifty Food Plan, Updates SNAP Benefits

WASHINGTON, August 16, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a re-evaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan, used to calculate Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. As a result, the average SNAP benefit…

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USDA Invests $167 Million in High-Speed Broadband in 12 States

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2021 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $167 million in 12 states to deploy broadband infrastructure (PDF, 360 KB) in rural areas…

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USDA Hosts Roundtable on Food Waste Solutions in the U.S. and Abroad

WASHINGTON, August 10, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will host a virtual roundtable on September 15 (11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT) titled Exploring Food Waste Solutions: Success Stories from the U.S. and Beyond, to…

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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

WASHINGTON, August 10, 2021 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released the following statement following Senate passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The bill will now go to the House for consideration. …

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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Appointment of Phyllis Fong as the Acting Inspector General of the Federal Housing Finance Authority

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2021 — Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released the following statement regarding the appointment of Phyllis Fong as Acting Inspector General of the Federal Housing Finance Authority. Fong will continue to serve…

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Secretaries of USDA, HUD, VA, Treasury, and FHFA Acting Director Release Joint Statement on Agency Actions to Prevent Evictions

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2021 — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) eviction moratorium is in place until July 31st, but the Supreme Court’s ruling made clear that CDC cannot extend the moratorium past its current…

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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Confirmation of Janie Simms Hipp to Serve as General Counsel of USDA

Washington, July 30, 2021 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement after the successful confirmation of Janie Simms Hipp to serve as General Counsel of the United States Department of Agriculture. “I am…

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Biden-Harris Administration Extends Eviction Moratorium for Homeowners

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2021 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today extended through Sept. 30, the eviction moratorium for homeowners of properties financed or guaranteed by USDA. “The United States is still reeling from a…

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U.S. Government Advances Anti-Hunger, Climate Initiatives at Food Systems Pre-Summit

ROME, July 30, 2021 – In the leadup to the United Nations Food Systems Summit in September, U.S. government officials took part in the Pre-Summit Ministerial meeting in Rome July 26-28, advancing proposals, building coalitions, and seeking…

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USDA Releases Economic Impact Analysis of the U.S. Biobased Products Industry

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2021 – United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson today, on the 10th anniversary of the creation of the USDA’s Certified Biobased Product Label, unveiled…

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Biden Administration to Invest $67 Million to Help Heirs Resolve Land Ownership and Succession Issues

**Video/Audio Download of Today’s News Conference Available Here** WASHINGTON, July 29, 2021 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced during a press conference with U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock, U.S. Congressman Sanford…

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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Intent to Nominate Chavonda Jacobs-Young, Ph.D. to Serve Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2021 — “Dr. Jacobs-Young has a deep understanding of USDA’s commitment to science, research and education and of the importance of advancing scientific knowledge to best serve the American people. For many…

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Adrienne Wojciechowski as Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2021 - President Biden announced the appointment of Adrienne Wojciechowski to serve as Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Most recently, Wojciechowski served as a…

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USDA Invests Over $21.8M to Build Agricultural Capacity at HBCUs in the Nation’s Land-Grant University System

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today an investment of over $21.8 million to 1890 Land-grant Institutions to support research at Historically Black Colleges and Universities at our nation’s…

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USDA Invests $14 Million in Rural Economic Development Projects in 10 States

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2021 – United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson today announced that USDA is investing $14 million in rural economic development projects (PDF, 148 KB) in 10…

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USDA Announces $16.6 Million in Funding Opportunities to Support Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced approximately $16.6 million in available funding to community-based and nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and Tribal entities that…

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Bronaugh to Lead U.S. Delegation to UN Food Systems Pre-Summit in Rome

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2021 – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Dr. Jewel Bronaugh will lead the United States delegation to the United Nations Food Systems Pre-Summit in Rome July 26-28. Leading up to the UN Food Systems Summit in New York in…

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Key Staff

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the names of individuals who will hold key staff positions in Washington, D.C. Michael Amato was named Communications Director in the Office of Communications. Prior to joining USDA, Amato founded…

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USDA Announces Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing up to $200 million to provide relief to timber harvesting and timber hauling businesses that have experienced losses due to COVID-19 as part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers…

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USDA Announces Southeast Alaska Sustainability Strategy, Initiates Action to Work with Tribes, Partners and Communities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today a new Southeast Alaska Sustainability Strategy to help support a diverse economy, enhance community resilience, and conserve natural resources. Through this strategy, USDA will consult with…

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USDA Awards $12 Million in Record-Breaking Farm to School Grants, Releases New Data Showing Expansion of Farm to School Efforts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $12 million in Farm to School Grants this year, announcing awards to 176 grantees, the most projects funded since the program began in 2013. The department is also releasing new data…

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New USDA Resources to Promote Reduction of Food Loss and Waste

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced new resources to inform consumers on how to reduce food waste during the July Fourth holiday and beyond. According to USDA research, the average family of four wastes nearly $1,500 worth of…

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USDA, FCC, and NTIA Announce Interagency Agreement to Coordinate Broadband Funding Deployment

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced an interagency agreement (PDF, 274 KB) to share information about and coordinate…

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Biden-Harris Administration Extends Moratorium of Residential Evictions in USDA Multifamily Housing Communities in Accordance with CDC Guidance

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended through July 31, 2021, the moratorium on evictions of the hundreds-of-thousands of Americans who live in multifamily housing communities supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.…

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USDA Assists Farmers, Ranchers, and Communities Affected by Tropical Storm Claudette

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to aid recovery efforts for residents, farmers and ranchers affected by the devastation across the Southeast caused by Tropical Storm Claudette. USDA staff in…

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USDA Releases Study on Hurdles to Healthy Eating on SNAP

Nearly nine out of 10 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants face barriers in providing their household with a healthy diet throughout the month, based on a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study released today. The…

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Statement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Intent to Nominate Homer Wilkes, Ph.D. to Serve as Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment

“Dr. Homer Wilkes has dedicated his career to public service; he has put his time and talents to work with USDA for more than 41 years. His nomination reflects USDA’s commitment to putting agriculture, forestry and working lands at the…

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Biden-Harris Administration Extends Foreclosure Moratorium to Provide Relief to Home Owners

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today extended through July 31, 2021, the moratorium on foreclosures from properties financed by USDA Single-Family Housing Direct and Guaranteed loans. These actions will bring relief to hundreds-of-thousands of…

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Led by USDA, U.S. to Join Global School Meals Coalition

Led by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the United States is joining a global coalition focused on improving the nutrition, health, and education of vulnerable children and adolescents worldwide, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today.…

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Issues USDA Proclamation Recognizing National Pollinator Week

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) proclamation to recognize the designation of the week of June 21 – 27, 2021 as National Pollinator Week. Pollinator species, such as birds, bats, bees,…

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USDA Invests $55.2 Million in Grants to Increase Capacity and Expand Access in Meat and Poultry Inspection Operations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced $55.2 million in competitive grant funding available through the new Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant (MPIRG) program. The new program is funded by the Consolidated Appropriations…

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USDA Publishes Federal Register Notice for Public Input on RacialJustice and Equity

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today published a Federal Register Notice requesting public input on its efforts to advance racial justice and equity across the Department. The Notice represents an important step towards implementing…

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USDA Underscores Importance of Agricultural RandD at G20 AgriculturalChief Scientists Meeting

U.S. Department of Agriculture highlighted the importance of agricultural research and development (R&D) and the need for G20 agricultural science leaders to actively advocate for science-based decision making. Agricultural science leaders from…

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USDA Launches Grant Program to Help Expand Regional Economies and Create High-Wage Jobs in Distressed Rural Communities

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Rural Business-Cooperative Service Administrator Karama Neal today unveiled a new grant program to help rural communities create good-paying jobs and support new business opportunities…

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Key Staff Appointments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the names of individuals who will hold senior staff positions in Washington, D.C. Sanah Baig was named Chief of Staff for Research, Education, and Economics. Baig most recently served as Chief of…

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USDA Celebrates National Homeownership Month

Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack kicked off National Homeownership Month, as part of a nationwide celebration to highlight U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) efforts to provide access to affordable housing for rural Americans.…

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USDA Launches 2021 Feds Feed Families Nationwide Food Drive

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today kicked off the 12th annual government-wide Feds Feed Families (FFF) campaign, which encourages employees from all federal departments and agencies to give in-kind contributions -- food, services, and…

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USDA Celebrates National Homeownership Month

Activities and Events across the Nation to Spotlight Efforts to Help Rural Residents Realize the Dream of Homeownership Washington, DC -- On June 1, 2021, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack kicked off National Homeownership Month, as part of a…

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USDA Forecasts Record Farm Exports in FY 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s quarterly agricultural trade forecast, released today, projects fiscal year 2021 U.S. farm exports at $164 billion – the highest total on record. This represents an increase of $28 billion, or 21…

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Key Staff Appointments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the names of individuals who will hold senior staff positions in Washington, D.C. Kim Peyser was named Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration. Most recently, Peyser served as the Deputy…

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In Historic Move, USDA to Begin Loan Payments to Socially Disadvantaged Borrowers under American Rescue Plan Act Section 1005

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) today published the first notice of funding availability (NOFA) (PDF, 242 KB) announcing loan payments for eligible borrowers with qualifying direct farm loans under the American Rescue…

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Tom Vilsack: Why Debt Relief for Black and Minority Farmers is Major Civil Rights Victory

For Black and minority farmers, the American Rescue Plan could represent one of the most significant pieces of civil rights legislation in decades. The American Rescue Plan became law two months ago, and already we’ve seen hunger drop more…

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USDA Announces Assistance for Coastal Communities; Priority forNational Scenic Areas Hit by Wildfire

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson today announced that USDA is making priority funding available for coastal National Scenic Areas that have been devastated by wildfires. National Scenic…

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Dr. Jewel Bronaugh, USDA’s New Deputy Secretary of Agriculture?

Click her to visit site: Get More Information Who is Dr. Jewel Bronaugh, USDA’s New Deputy Secretary of Agriculture?

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Interior and Agriculture Departments Outline Wildland FirePreparedness, Climate Resiliency Plans

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today shared their vision for the Biden-Harris administration’s wildland fire preparedness and response, including supporting science and research into the effects…

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USDA to Purchase $159.4 Million in Nutritious Consumer-Ready Seafood and More for Food Assistance Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced it will purchase up to $159.4 million in domestically produced seafood, fruits, legumes, and nuts for distribution to a variety of domestic food assistance programs, including charitable…

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Biden-Harris Administration Outlines “America the Beautiful” Initiative

WASHINGTON, – Today the Biden-Harris administration outlined a vision for how the United States can work collaboratively to conserve and restore the lands, waters, and wildlife that support and sustain the nation. The recommendations are…

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USDA to Incentivize Purchase of Fruits and Vegetables under WIC for4 Months with American Rescue Plan Funding

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2021 – Participants in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) may soon see a temporary increase to their benefits for the purchase…

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USDA Hosts First-Ever Virtual Fair on Food Waste ReductionInnovations and Leaders

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that it will host the first-ever Food Loss and Waste Innovation Fair on May 26 (12 - 4 p.m. ET), to showcase USDA investments and business leadership in…

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Pandemic EBT - Summer 2021

WASHINGTON – Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a new effort funded by the American Rescue Plan to provide adequate nutrition to more than 30 million children over the summer by expanding Pandemic Electronic…

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USDA to Provide Critical Nutrition Assistance to 30M+ Kids Over the Summer

WASHINGTON, April 26, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a new effort funded by the American Rescue Plan to provide adequate nutrition to more than 30 million children over the summer by expanding Pandemic…

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Key Staff Appointments and Senior Staff

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the names of individuals who will hold senior positions in Washington, D.C. Karama Neal, PhD was named Administrator for the Rural Business-Cooperative Service. Most recently,…

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USDA Invests $21.7M in Research Innovations to Improve Soil Health and Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry

WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will invest at least $21.7 million in several key programs to help agricultural…

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USDA Seeks Comments on Food System Supply Chains in Response to President Biden’s Executive Order to Support Resilient, Diverse, Secure Supply Chains

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking comments on a Department-wide effort to improve and reimagine the supply chains for the production, processing and…

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USDA Issues Pandemic Flexibilities for Schools and Day Care Facilities Through June 2022 to Support Safe Reopening and Healthy, Nutritious Meals

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today issued a broad range of flexibilities to allow school meal programs and childcare institutions across the country to return to serving healthy meals in fall 2021 as part of the…

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USDA Invests More Than $330 Million in Specialty Crops Grants, Incentives to Purchase Fruits and Vegetables, and Help for Cotton Producers

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of more than $330 million to help agricultural producers and organizations in the food supply chain recover from the financial impacts of the COVID-19…

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USDA Boosts Food Assistance for Homeless Young Adults Seeking Refuge in Shelters

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that young adults under the age of 25 experiencing homelessness will now be able to receive meals at emergency shelters participating in the Child and Adult Care Food…

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USDA Recognizes 5 Million Acres Enrolled in Conservation Easements

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and private landowners have partnered to protect more than 5 million acres of wetlands, grasslands, and prime farmland — an area the size of New Jersey. Since October, USDA’s…

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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the President’s American Jobs Plan

WASHINGTON — Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack regarding the release of the American Rescue Plan today by President Biden and the White House. “Just as the American Rescue Plan is helping families recover from the…

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Biden-Harris Administration Extends Moratorium on Residential Evictions in USDA Multifamily Housing Communities in Accordance with CDC Guidance

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended the eviction moratorium to affected multifamily housing residents through June 30, 2021. This halt in residential evictions allows the U.S. Department of…

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Oscar Gonzales as Assistant Secretary for Administration

WASHINGTON, — Oscar Gonzales was appointed today by President Biden to serve as Assistant Secretary for Administration at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Previously, Gonzales served in the Obama Administration in several senior…

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Avon Seeks Community Members to Serve on Planning and Zoning Commission

Avon, CO – The Town of Avon is seeking community members to volunteer for the Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC). In May, four positions will be vacated and filled by appointment by the Avon Town Council. Interviews and appointments will…

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Opening Statement of Thomas J. Vilsack Before the House Committee on Agriculture – Remarks as Prepared

When I testified in front of the Senate for my confirmation hearing a few months ago, I said the world and our nation are different today than when I served as Agriculture Secretary in a previous administration. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed all…

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Statement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on D.C. Circuit Court's Decision Regarding ABAWDs Rule

WASHINGTON — Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack regarding the D.C. Circuit Court's decision to allow USDA to withdraw its appeal on the previously vacated final rule, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Requirements for…

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USDA Invests $266 Million to Improve Rural Community Facilities and Essential Services in 16 States and Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON – United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson today announced that USDA is investing $266 million to build and improve critical community facilities (PDF, 162 KB) to…

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USDA Awards Over $11.5 Million to Help Small and Mid-Sized Farms on National Ag Day

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today an $11.5 million research investment to help ensure America’s small and medium-sized farms become more profitable and improve the quality of life in American farm…

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USDA Announces $218 Million Investment in Land and Water Conservation

WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the USDA Forest Service will invest more than $218 million to fund Great American Outdoors Act projects to conserve critical forest and wetland habitat, support rural economic…

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Statement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Nomination of Janie Simms Hipp to Serve as USDA General Counsel

WASHINGTON, – “I am grateful to President Biden for nominating Janie Simms Hipp, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, to serve as General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. I have the utmost confidence and respect for Janie. I…

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USDA Requests Information on USDA’s Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry Strategy

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today published a Federal Register Notice requesting public input on a climate-smart agriculture and forestry strategy. The Notice represents an important step toward implementing…

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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Senate Passage of the American Rescue Plan Act

WASHINGTON, — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement today on passage of the American Rescue Plan Act by the U.S. Senate. “I am grateful to the U.S. Senate for passing the American Rescue Plan today to bring…

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USDA Announces Dr. Dewayne Goldmon as Senior Advisor, Racial Equity, and Andy Green as Senior Advisor, Fair and Competitive Markets

WASHINGTON, — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced two senior appointments today. USDA announced the appointment of Dr. Dewayne Goldmon as Senior Advisor for Racial Equity to the Secretary of Agriculture. Goldmon has served for the…

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USDA Activities to Contain The COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, — In January 2021, President Biden released the National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness. The plan is driven by science, data, and public health to improve the effectiveness of our nation’s fight…

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COVID-19 Update: USDA, FDA Underscore Current Epidemiologic and Scientific Information Indicating No Transmission of COVID-19 Through Food or Food Packaging

WASHINGTON, — After more than a year since the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak was declared a global health emergency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease…

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USDA Ready to Assist Farmers, Ranchers and Communities Affected by Winter Storms

WASHINGTON, - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds rural communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses affected by the recent winter storms that USDA has programs that provide assistance. USDA staff in the regional,…

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Fact Sheet: Update On Usda Activities To Contain The Covid-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON — In January 2021, President Biden released the National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness (PDF, 24 MB). The plan is driven by science, data, and public health to improve the effectiveness of our…

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USDA Extends General Signup For Conservation Reserve Program

WASHINGTON, – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) General Signup period, which had previously been announced as ending on Feb. 12, 2021. USDA will continue to accept offers as it takes…

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U.S. Department Of Agriculture Announces Key Staff Appointments

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the names of individuals who will hold senior staff positions in Washington, D.C. Anne Knapke was named Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations. Most recently,…

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Keep Foodborne Illness Away From Your Super Bowl End Zone

Washington, D.C – Score a touchdown this year with your Super Bowl LV snacks by keeping bacteria out of the end zone. While your Super Bowl traditions may look different this year given COVID-19 and the need to maintain social distancing, your…

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Biden Administration Halts Residential Evictions In USDA Multifamily Housing Communities In Accordance With CDC Guidance

WASHINGTON,— In one of his first acts in office, President Joe Biden requested federal agencies to extend the eviction and foreclosure moratorium for millions of Americans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, the U.S. Centers for…

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Usda Temporarily Suspends Debt Collections, Foreclosures And Other Activities On Farm Loans For Several Thousand Distressed Borrowers Due To Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — Due to the national public health emergency caused by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the temporary suspension of past-due debt collections and foreclosures for distressed…

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Biden Administration Expands P-EBT to Benefit Millions Of Low-Income And Food Insecure Children During Pandemic

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced several efforts today to expand nutrition assistance to hard-hit families across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. In support of President Biden’s call to action on…

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U.S. Department Of Agriculture Announces Key Staff Appointments

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the names of individuals who will hold senior staff positions in Washington, D.C. Gregory Parham, D.V.M., was named Interim Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration. Dr.…

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Secretary Perdue Statement On MOU On Animal Biotechnology

Washington, D.C.,– U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (PDF, 141 KB) with the Assistant Secretary for Health and Head of the Public Health Service Admiral Brett…

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Secretary Perdue Statement on H-2A Modernization

Washington, D.C., U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued a statement applauding the Department of Labor’s final rule modernizing the H-2A visa program: “This final rule streamlining and modernizing the H-2A visa process…

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USDA Offers Additional Assistance For Certain Producers Through Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Washington, D.C., – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide additional assistance through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), expanding eligibility for some…

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USDA Releases Agriculture Innovation Research Strategy Summary and Dashboard

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its U.S. Agriculture Innovation Strategy Directional Vision for Research (PDF, 4.8 MB) summary and dashboard that will help to guide future research decisions within…

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USDA Announces Details Of The 2021 Agricultural Outlook Forum Program

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces details of the 97th annual Agricultural Outlook Forum, which will be held virtually on February 18-19, 2021. The 2021 Forum, themed “Building on Innovation: A…

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Trump Administration Invests $16 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural Illinois, Oregon and South Carolina

WASHINGTON – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $16 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Illinois, Oregon and South Carolina.…

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USDA Announces Continuation of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, Fifth Round of Food Purchases

(Washington, D.C., – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will purchase an additional $1.5 billion worth of food for nationwide distribution through the Farmers to Families Food Box…

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Make Every Bite Count: USDA, HHS Release Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025

Washington, D.C – Nutrition in America took a major step forward today with the publication of Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025. Jointly published by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS)…

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USDA Clears Santa’s Reindeer for Entry Into The United States

Washington, D.C.– The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today issued a movement permit to Mr. S. Nicholas Claus of the North Pole, a broker with Worldwide Gifts, Unlimited. The…

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USDA Announces Dr. Carrie Castille as New NIFA Director

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that President Trump has named Dr. Carrie Castille as the new, permanent director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Dr. Castille will start her new…

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Secretary Perdue Announces Groundbreaking Proposal to Transfer Agricultural Animal Biotechnology Regulatory Framework to USDA

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a significant step in modernizing regulations of agricultural animals modified or produced by genetic engineering. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be…

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USDA, NASA Sign Agreement to Improve Agricultural, Earth Science Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and NASA have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at strengthening their longstanding partnership on space-based assets benefitting life on Earth. The agreement brings together NASA’s experience with…

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Trump Administration Invests $12 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural Louisiana

ALEXANDRIA, La., Dec. 9, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing approximately $12 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in…

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