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USDA recruits US exporters for trade mission to Vietnam

The USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service is accepting applications from current and potential U.S. exporters for a trade mission to Vietnam, Sept. 9-13, 2024. Participants will attend events in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, and... more »

Report: US ag exports generate $412B economic output in 2022

The value of U.S. agricultural exports totaled $197.4 billion in 2022 and generated $214.6 billion in economic activity for a total economic output of $412 billion, according to new USDA numbers. Exports comprised both commodities... more »

USApple talks labor with Secretary of Agriculture, Labor Secretary

The U.S. Apple Association (USApple) entered into some high-level meetings with Washington, DC, officials, including the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, about the difficult topic of labor. On May 20, Jim Bair, USApple president and CEO,... more »

NASS releases ag census congressional district profiles, rankings

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the Congressional District Profiles and Rankings from the 2022 Census of Agriculture. This summary presents data by congressional district from the 118th Congress that includes land, farms,... more »

Bill aims to increase Specialty Crop Block Grant funding

U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Laphonza Butler (D-California) have introduced a bill to increase the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant program authorization by $15 million. The Specialty Crops Security Act increases the authorization for... more »

EPA, USApple tour USDA Appalachian Fruit Research Station

Rod Snyder, senior advisor for agriculture to the EPA administrator, recently visited USDA’s Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, West Virginia. Snyder, who was invited to the station tour by the U.S. Apple Association, was... more »

Deadline for USDA local ag grants is May 14

The USDA has several Local Agricultural Market Programs that are offering grants to promote farmers markets, local food programs and regional food partnerships. Application deadlines for the grants are May 14. Farmers Market Promotion Program... more »

USDA plans to renew fruit, vegetable group charter

The USDA plans to renew the charter of the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee. USDA is set to renew the committee’s charter for two years as required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The... more »

USApple discusses exports with ag secretary 

The U.S. Apple Association’s board of directors recently met with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and members of his leadership team at the USDA to discuss exports and other issues.  Discussion of market access, agriculture... more »

USDA webinar focuses on GAP updates

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service will a webinar on the updates to the USDA Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and GAP Plus+ audit standards. The webinar is at 1 p.m. April 5. Registration is online.... more »

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