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  1. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Kicks off the 2019 Feds Feed Families Nationwide Food Drive

    WASHINGTON, June 26, 2019 - Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today kicked off the 10th annual Feds Feed Families Campaign at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) headquarters in Washington D.C. The food drive is an annual event in which federal employees around the country collect food...
  2. USDA Farm Bill Implementation Progress Update

    (Washington, D.C., June 26, 2019) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced an update on the implementation status of the 2018 Farm Bill. President Trump signed this Farm Bill into law on December 20, 2018, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) promptly began...
  3. USDA Invests in Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in 29 States

    FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA., June 26, 2019 – Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley today announced that USDA is investing $192 million in 71 projects located across 29 states to improve rural water infrastructure (PDF, 201 KB). Click here to read he full story.
  4. USDA Announces Investments in Community Facilities that will Benefit 631,000 Rural Americans

    WASHINGTON, June 24, 2019 – Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has more than $2 billion still available this year to invest in community facilities and infrastructure projects in rural areas. Baxley...
  5. USDA Announces Approval of D-SNAP for Arkansas Disaster Areas

    WASHINGTON, June 21, 2019 – Arkansas residents recovering from recent major flooding in 12 counties could be eligible for a helping hand from USDA’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) announced today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Households who are not normally...
  6. Signing Ceremony Sets Terms of NBAF Transfer from Homeland Security to USDA

    (Washington, D.C., June 20, 2019) – Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today signed a Memorandum of Agreement (PDF, 166 KB) that formally outlines how the departments will transfer ownership and operational responsibility for...
  7. USDA Announces Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program

    WASHINGTON, June 20, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)announced today it is offering $75 million in funding for the eradication and control of feral swine through the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program (FSCP) in a joint effort between USDA’s Natural Resources...
  8. USDA World Agricultural Outlook Board Chair Dr. Seth Meyer to Depart

    WASHINGTON, June 19, 2019 – USDA Chief Economist Robert Johansson has announced the departure of USDA World Agricultural Outlook Board Chair Dr. Seth Meyer, effective July 13, along with the appointment of Deputy Board Chair Dr. Mark Jekanowski as acting board chair. “Seth has been a real asset...
  9. Secretary Perdue Announces New Dairy Margin Coverage Signup Begins June 17

    WASHINGTON, June 13, 2019 — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announces that signup begins June 17 for the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program, the cornerstone program of the dairy safety net that helps dairy producers manage the volatility of milk and feed prices, operated by...
  10. Secretary Perdue Announces Kansas City Region as Location for ERS and NIFA

    (Washington, D.C., June 13, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to the Kansas City Region. Click here to read he full...
  11. USDA Proposes Bold Moves to Improve Forests Management, Grasslands

    (Washington, D.C., June 12, 2019) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Forest Service (USFS) released proposed changes to modernize how the agency complies with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The proposed updates would not only give the Forest Service the tools and...
  12. Secretary Perdue Statement on President Trump’s Biotech EO

    (Council Bluffs, IA., June 11, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement after President Donald J. Trump Signed the Modernizing the Regulatory Framework for Agricultural Biotechnology Products Executive Order. Click here to read he full story.
  13. USDA Helps Farmers, Businesses and Ag Producers Cut Energy Costs

    WASHINGTON, June 11, 2019 – Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding 58 grants for projects in 17 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (PDF, 146 KB) to reduce energy costs for farmers, ag...
  14. Secretary Perdue Statement on Disaster and Trade-Related Assistance

    (June 10, 2019 - Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement on disaster and trade-related assistance: Click here to read he full story.
  15. Secretary Perdue Statement on President Trump’s Signing of Disaster Aid Bill

    (Washington, D.C., June 6, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today commended President Trump’s signing of the disaster relief bill that will provide $19 billion in assistance to states and territories hit by flooding, hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters. Click...
  16. USDA Announces 47 Rural Communities and Regions that will Receive Technical Assistance to Help Build Long-Term Economic Growth

    WASHINGTON, June 6, 2019 – Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley today announced the names of 47 rural communities and regions that will receive technical assistance (PDF, 141 KB) to help create and implement long-term economic development plans. Click here to read...
  17. USDA Celebrates National Homeownership Month

    WASHINGTON, June 3, 2019 – Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley today kicked off National Homeownership Month by highlighting USDA’s ongoing role to help residents of America’s small towns and cities purchase homes in rural areas. Click here to read he full story.
  18. Secretary Perdue Statement on Final E-15 Rule

    (Washington, D.C., May 31, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule on E-15: Click here to read he full story.
  19. USDA Announces Loans to Improve Rural Electric Infrastructure and Upgrade Energy Efficiency

    WASHINGTON, May 30, 2019 – Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley today announced that USDA is providing $858 million in loans to upgrade rural electric systems in 17 states (PDF, 111 KB). The funding includes $64 million to finance smart grid technologies that...
  20. Perdue Responds to UGA Study on USMCA

    He oversees nation’s farm policy and he has bone to pick with UGA trade deal study By Secretary Sonny Perdue The Macon Telegraph and the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer May 26, 2019 … Click here to read he full story.
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