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  1. USDA Announces Plenary Speakers for the 2019 Agricultural Outlook Forum

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces plenary speakers for the 2019 Agricultural Outlook Forum (AOF), to be held Feb. 21–22, 2019, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va. The 2019 forum is themed “Growing Locally, Selling Globally.” The...
  2. Secretary Perdue Statement on EPA & Army Corps WOTUS Announcement

    (Washington, D.C., December 11, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today praised the announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers that they are fulfilling President Trump’s pledge to repeal and replace the Waters of the United States...
  3. Secretary Perdue Statement on Release of Farm Bill Conference Report

    (Washington, D.C., December 10, 2018) - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement regarding the release of the 2018 Farm Bill conference report: Click here to read he full story.
  4. U.S. Beef Gains New Market Access in Morocco

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2018 – U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that the government of Morocco has agreed to allow imports of U.S. beef and beef products into Morocco. 2018 is the first year that U.S. beef and poultry...
  5. Responding to the Needs of Local Schools, USDA Publishes School Meals Final Rule

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2018 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today empowered local schools with additional options to serve healthy and appealing meals. A final rule on school meal flexibilities, to be published later this month in the Federal Register, increases local flexibility in...
  6. EPA, USDA Encourage Use of Market-based and Other Collaborative Approaches to Address Excess Nutrients

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2018 – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a letter to state and tribal co-regulators that encourages increased engagement and a reinvigoration of state, tribal and federal efforts to reduce excess...
  7. USDA Announces $3.7 Million in Financial Assistance to Fruit and Vegetable Growers in 16 States

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced it will provide $3.7 million of assistance to fruit and vegetable growers in 16 states through a GAP Assistance Program to enhance market access by defraying costs of undergoing voluntary USDA Harmonized Good...
  8. USDA Invests in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in 46 States

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that USDA is investing $1.2 billion (PDF, 509 KB) to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure for 936,000 rural Americans living in 46 states. Click here to read he full story.
  9. Secretary Perdue Announces New OneUSDA Internship Program

    (Washington, D.C., December 4, 2018) - Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the “OneUSDA Internship” opportunity for Summer 2019. As part of the Federal Pathways Program, the OneUSDA Internship will provide students a way to explore serving their country through a career...
  10. Secretary Perdue Names NRCS Chief

    WASHINGTON, December 3, 2018 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today the appointment of Matthew J. “Matt” Lohr to serve as Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). In his role, Lohr will provide leadership for NRCS...
  11. USDA Announces Peanut Standards Board Appointments

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2018 -- Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of three producers and three industry representatives to serve on the Peanut Standards Board. The appointments will fill member seats that became vacant when the current terms expired on June 30, 2018...
  12. USDA Provides Additional Food Disaster Assistance in Three California Counties Hit by Wildfires

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that households in three California counties have been approved to receive Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) benefits. D-SNAP will be offered in parts of Los Angeles and Ventura...
  13. Statement of Secretary Perdue on Signing of USMCA

    (Washington, D.C., November 30, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement regarding the signing of the new trade pact, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), replacing the outdated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): Click here...
  14. USDA Announces Investments in Rural Community Facilities That Will Benefit More Than 761,000 Americans

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 28, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $291 million (PDF, 142 KB) to build or improve community infrastructure and essential services for 761,000 residents in 18 states...
  15. USDA Invests in Innovative Management of California Water Supply

    (Maxwell, CA, November 27, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $449 million to help build an innovative water management system that will increase the reliability of the California water supply and...
  16. Secretary Perdue Statement on Confirmation of Stephen Vaden for Key USDA Post

    (Washington, D.C., November 27, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded the Senate’s long-awaited confirmation of Stephen Vaden to serve as General Counsel to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Secretary Perdue issued the following statement: Click here to...
  17. USDA Approves SNAP Hot Foods Purchases In 14 California Counties Hit By Wildfires

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2018 – In response to devastating wildfires in California, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will allow participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in 14 counties to buy hot foods with their benefits through Dec. 17, 2018. Click here to read...
  18. Two National Laboratories Receive USDA’s BioPreferred Program Procurement Awards

    WASHINGTON, November 19, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that two U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories have received USDA’s Excellence in BioPreferred Procurement Awards for Fiscal Year 2018 for testing and adopting biobased products within their operations...
  19. USDA Announces Cotton Board Appointments

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2018 - Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of eight members, eight alternate members and two advisors to serve on the Cotton Board. Re-appointed members are: Adam S. Hatley, Mesa, Ariz. Click here to read he full story.
  20. Statement from USDA Secretary Perdue and FDA Commissioner Gottlieb on the Regulation of Cell-Cultured Food Products from Cell Lines of Livestock and P

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2018 – Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration held a public meeting to discuss the use of livestock and poultry cell lines to develop cell-cultured food products. At this meeting, stakeholders shared valuable perspectives on...
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