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  1. Trump Administration Invests More Than $29 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural Oklahoma

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $29 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Oklahoma. This investment is part of the $100 million in grant...
  2. USDA Extends Deadlines, Defers Interest Accrual Due to COVID-19

    (Washington, D.C., August 5, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced it will authorize Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs) to extend deadlines for premium and administrative fee payments, defer the resulting interest accrual and allow...
  3. Trump Administration Invests $462 Million to Modernize Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in Rural Communities

    WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 3, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $462 million to modernize critical drinking water (PDF, 367 KB) and wastewater infrastructure across rural America. Click here to read the full story.
  4. Trump Administration Invests More Than $13 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural Maryland

    CORDOVA, MD, July 31, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $13 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Maryland. This investment is part of the $100 million in grant...
  5. Farmers to Families Food Box Program Reaches 50 Million Boxes Delivered

    (Washington, D.C., July 29, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farmers to Families Food Box Program has distributed over 50 million food boxes in support of American farmers and families affected by the COVID-19...
  6. Trump Administration Invests More Than $3 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural North Carolina

    WASHINGTON, July 27, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $3 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in North Carolina. This investment is part of the $100 million in...
  7. USDA Launches New Farmers.gov Features to Help Farmers Hire Workers

    Washington, D.C., July 27, 2020 - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced new features on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farmers.gov website designed to help facilitate the employment of H-2A workers. Click here to read the full story.
  8. USDA Announces a Third Round of Farmers to Families Food Box Program Purchases

    (Washington, D.C., July 24, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will launch a third round of Farmers to Families Food Box Program purchases with distributions to occur beginning by September 1 with completion by October 31...
  9. USDA Approves Arkansas and Hawaii to Accept SNAP Benefits Online

    (Washington, D.C., July 23, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced approval of a request from Arkansas and Hawaii to provide online purchasing of food to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households. This approval will allow Arkansas and Hawaii to...
  10. USDA Provides Update on Investigation Following 2019 Tyson Beef Plant Closure and COVID-19 Pandemic

    (Washington, D.C., July 22, 2020) – As part of its commitment to ensuring fair and competitive markets for the livestock, meat and poultry industries, today the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a Boxed Beef and Fed Cattle Price Spread Investigation Report on its ongoing boxed beef...
  11. USDA Announces $15 Million in Funding Opportunities to Support Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers

    WASHINGTON, July 21, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced approximately $15 million in available funding to help socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers own and operate successful farms. Funding is made through the USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for...
  12. USDA Approves North Dakota to Accept SNAP Benefits Online

    (Washington, D.C., July 20, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced approval of a request from North Dakota to provide online purchasing of food to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households. This approval will allow North Dakota to expedite the...
  13. USDA Meals to You Partnership Delivers Nearly 30 Million Meals

    HOUSTON, TX, July 16, 2020 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue lauded the achievement of its Meals to You partnership, which has now delivered more than 28.5 million meals to the doorsteps of low-income kids in rural communities across America during the COVID-19...
  14. USDA and Texas Sign Historic Agreement to Improve Health of Public and Private Lands

    Austin, TX, July 16, 2020 – Today, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue joined Texas Governor Greg Abbott to sign a Shared Stewardship agreement to establish a framework for federal and state agencies to improve collaboration in responding to natural resource concerns and ecological challenges...
  15. Trump Administration Invests $153 Million in Rural Community Facilities in 23 States

    WASHINGTON, D.C., July 15, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $153 million to build and improve critical community facilities (PDF, 224 KB) to benefit nearly two million rural residents in 23 states. Click here to...
  16. USDA Posts the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s Final Report

    WASHINGTON, July 15, 2020 – The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) today posted the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s final scientific report, an objective review of the latest available science on specific nutrition topics. The report’s evidence-based findings will inform USDA and...
  17. Trump Administration Invests More Than $16 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural Mississippi

    WASHINGTON, July 14, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $16 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Mississippi. This investment is part of the $100 million in...
  18. USDA Cuts Red Tape to Increase Private Investment in Rural America

    WASHINGTON, July 13, 2020 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking steps to increase private investment in rural communities across the country by making it easier for lenders to access four flagship loan...
  19. USDA Announces New Members of the Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers

    (Washington, D.C., July 13, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of 15 members to serve on the Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers. The newly appointed members serve terms of up to two years through 2022. “USDA is excited to announce new members...
  20. USDA Announces Community Prosperity Funding Opportunity

    WASHINGTON, July 10, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced approximately $4 million in available funding to develop partnerships to leverage USDA and local, state, and private sector resources to address challenges for limited resource, socially disadvantaged, and...
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