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

    WASHINGTON, April 9, 2021 – 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 Program (CACFP). Click here to read the...
  2. Statement by Secretary Vilsack on the President’s FY22 Discretionary Funding Request

    WASHINGTON, April 9, 2021 — The Biden-Harris Administration today submitted to Congress the President’s priorities for fiscal year 2022 discretionary spending. The funding request invests in the core foundations of our country’s strength and advances key U.S. Click here to read the full story.
  3. Joint Statement from Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Western Water Crisis

    WASHINGTON, April 8, 2021 – In response to worsening drought conditions in the West, including in areas like the Klamath River Basin, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack released the following statement: Click here to read the full story.
  4. USDA Announces Upcoming Changes to the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) Rice and Soybean Tables

    WASHINGTON, April 8, 2021 – Starting with the May 12, 2021 release (issue No. 612),the following changes will be made to the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report: Click here to read the full story.
  5. FACT SHEET: Update on USDA Activities to Contain the COVID-19 Pandemic

    WASHINGTON, Apr. 7, 2021 — 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 against COVID-19 and to restore trust...
  6. USDA Recognizes 5 Million Acres Enrolled in Conservation Easements

    WASHINGTON, April 2, 2021 – 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 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has...
  7. USDA Increases Emergency SNAP Benefits for 25 million Americans; Ensures COVID-19 Relief Reaches Those Struggling the Most

    WASHINGTON, April 1, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today took action to provide $1 billion per month in additional food assistance to an estimated 25 million people in very low-income households that are participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and...
  8. USDA Seeks Public Input to Help Create a New Rural Renewable Energy Pilot Program

    WASHINGTON, April 1, 2021 — Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it is requesting public input from interested parties, including potential customers and interested stakeholders, to help create a new Rural Renewable Energy Pilot Program. To ensure a diverse group of voices...
  9. Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the President’s American Jobs Plan

    WASHINGTON, March 31, 2021 — Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack regarding the release of the American Rescue Plan today by President Biden and the White House. Click here to read the full story.
  10. FACT SHEET: Update on USDA Activities to Contain the COVID-19 Pandemic

    WASHINGTON, Mar. 31, 2021 — 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 against COVID-19 and to restore trust...
  11. U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Oscar Gonzales as Assistant Secretary for Administration

    WASHINGTON, March 29, 2021 — Oscar Gonzales was appointed today by President Biden to serve as Assistant Secretary for Administration at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Click here to read the full story.
  12. Biden-Harris Administration Extends Moratorium on Residential Evictions in USDA Multifamily Housing Communities in Accordance with CDC Guidance

    WASHINGTON, March 29, 2021 — 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 Agriculture (USDA) to extend relief to...
  13. Opening Statement of Thomas J. Vilsack Before the House Committee on Agriculture – Remarks as Prepared

    March 25, 2021: Thank you, Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Thompson, and members of this Committee. Click here to read the full story.
  14. FACT SHEET: Update on USDA Activities to Contain the COVID-19 Pandemic

    WASHINGTON, Mar. 24, 2021 — 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 against COVID-19 and to restore trust...
  15. After Identifying Gaps in Previous Aid, USDA Announces ‘Pandemic Assistance for Producers’ to Distribute Resources More Equitably

    WASHINGTON, March 24, 2021 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is establishing new programs and efforts to bring financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and producers who felt the impact of COVID-19 market disruptions. The new initiative—USDA Pandemic Assistance for...
  16. Statement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on D.C. Circuit Court's Decision Regarding ABAWDs Rule

    WASHINGTON, March 24, 2021 — 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 Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents...
  17. USDA Awards Over $11.5 Million to Help Small and Mid-Sized Farms on National Ag Day

    WASHINGTON, March 23, 2021 – 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 communities. Click here to read the full story.
  18. USDA Invests $266 Million to Improve Rural Community Facilities and Essential Services in 16 States and Puerto Rico

    WASHINGTON, March 23, 2021 – 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 benefit nearly 3 million rural residents...
  19. USDA Increases SNAP Benefits Up To $100 Per Household with Funding from American Rescue Plan

    WASHINGTON, March 22, 2021 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today a 15 percent increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits through September 2021, providing an estimated $3.5 billion to households experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic...
  20. USDA Announces $218 Million Investment in Land and Water Conservation

    WASHINGTON, March 18, 2021 – 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 recovery, and increase public access to...
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