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  1. USDA Announces Investments in Rural Community Facilities that will Benefit Nearly 300,000 Americans

    WASHINGTON, March 18, 2019 – Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $91 million to build or improve community facilities (PDF, 108 KB) and essential services for nearly 300,000 rural...
  2. USDA Celebrates National Ag Day with New Youth Website

    WASHINGTON, March 14, 2019 – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture joins the nation in celebrating National Ag Day, which highlights agriculture’s crucial role in everyday life, and honors the farmers, foresters, scientists, producers and many others who contribute to America’s bountiful...
  3. USDA Announces Launch of the Start Simple with MyPlate Campaign

    WASHINGTON, March 13, 2019 -- In a continuing effort to help Americans make healthy food choices, and in honor of National Nutrition Month®, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced a new campaign to help simplify the nutrition information that surrounds us...
  4. Secretary Perdue Announces Middle List For ERS and NIFA Relocation

    (Washington, D.C., March 12, 2019) – U.S. Click here to read he full story.
  5. Secretary Perdue Statement on President Trump’s Budget Proposal

    (Washington, D.C., March 11, 2019) - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement after President Trump submitted his FY 2020 budget proposal (PDF, 1.9 MB) to Congress: Click here to read he full story.
  6. USDA and FDA Announce a Formal Agreement to Regulate Cell-Cultured Food Products from Cell Lines of Livestock and Poultry

    WASHINGTON, March 7, 2019 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced a formal agreement to jointly oversee the production of human food...
  7. USDA Strengthens Partnerships and Protections to Keep African Swine Fever Out of the Country

    WASHINGTON, March 6, 2019 – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced additional steps to keep African swine fever (ASF) from entering the United States, even as the disease spreads internationally. These steps strengthen the protections announced last fall after the...
  8. Perdue Reiterates Need to Restore Original Intent of SNAP: A Second Chance, Not A Way of Life

    (Washington, D.C., February 28, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today reiterated during a U.S. Senate hearing the need to restore the original intent of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is to be a second chance and not a way of life. Secretary...
  9. United States Wins WTO Dispute Finding China Provides Excessive Government Support to its Grain Producers

    Washington, DC – U.S. Click here to read he full story.
  10. USDA Announces Investments to Improve Rural Electric Infrastructure and Finance Smart Grid Technologies

    More than 6,200 customers will benefit from improved or new service Click here to read he full story.
  11. Members of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Announced

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 21, 2019 – To ensure America’s dietary guidance reflects the latest science, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar today announced the appointment of 20 nationally recognized scientists to serve on the 2020...
  12. USDA Announces Fellowships to Reach Hispanic-Serving Institutions

    Washington, Feb. 21, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced fellowship applications to connect USDA resources with faculty and staff at Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI). The 2019 Class of the E. Kika De La Garza Fellows Program is available through the USDA Office of...
  13. Secretary Perdue Statement on President Trump’s Signing of Appropriations Bill & Declaration of National Emergency

    (Washington, D.C., February 15, 2019) - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement regarding President Donald J. Trump’s signing of legislation that funds the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and declaration of a national emergency at the southern...
  14. United States Issues WTO Counter Notification Concerning India’s Market Price Support for Various Pulses

    (Washington, D.C., February 15, 2019) - U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the United States, together with Canada, submitted a counter notification in the World Trade Organization (WTO) Committee on Agriculture (COA) on...
  15. USDA and HHS Partner to Create Recovery Housing in Rural Communities

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz today announced USDA and HHS will...
  16. USDA Prioritizes Investments in Telemedicine to Address Opioid Crisis in Rural America

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2019 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is giving funding priority in a key grant program for applications to address opioid misuse in rural communities. Click here to read...
  17. Secretary Perdue Statement on the American Broadband Initiative Milestones Report

    (Washington, D.C., February 13, 2019) - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement regarding the American Broadband Initiative Milestones Report (PDF, 937 KB) which was published today: Click here to read he full story.
  18. U.S. Commodity Futures Chairman to speak at USDA’s 2019 Ag Outlook Forum

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2019 – J. Christopher Giancarlo, chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), will speak at the annual dinner of USDA’s 95th Agricultural Outlook Forum. The forum is USDA’s largest annual meeting and will take place Feb. Click here to read he full story.
  19. USDA to Release Complete Set of Tables for Agricultural Projections to 2028

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2019 — On Feb. 14, 2019 at 12 p.m. EST, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will release the complete set of tables prepared for the upcoming USDA Agricultural Projections to 2028 report. The new tables will include projections for farm income, U.S. fruits, nuts, and...
  20. Hazlett Named Senior Adviser at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2019 – Today, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Jim Carroll announced Anne Hazlett as the office’s Senior Adviser for Rural Affairs. Click here to read he full story.
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