USDA

Farm Bill priorities, legislative principles of the USDA highlighted

The USDA’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018, were addressed Jan. 24 by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, during a town hall at Reinford Farms in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania. “Since my first day as... more »

USDA proposes cranberry seasonal volume control 

The USDA is announcing a proposed change to the percentages of free and restricted volume control for the 2017-18 crop year for cranberries grown in 10 cranberry-producing states. The proposed change would designate 85 percent... more »

USDA cites Florida’s J&R Fresh Produce for failure to pay

J&R Fresh Produce LLC, operating out of Tampa, Fla. has been cited by the USDA for failure to pay for produce. The company failed to pay $281,225 to seven sellers for 30 lots of produce... more »

U.S. fruit exports total $6.3 billion

U.S. agricultural exports totaled $140.5 billion in fiscal year 2017, climbing nearly $10.9 billion from the previous year to the third-highest level on record. As it has done for well over 50 years, the U.S.... more »

Michigan awards specialty crop grants to 17

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Oct. 18 announced 17 recipients in the state would receive more than $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. [caption... more »

USDA briefs senators on wildfires, costs

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue hosted U.S. Senators Sept. 26 at the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) for a 2017 fire briefing to hear about this year’s efforts to contain wildfires out west as well... more »

Organic New Jersey growers get help with certification fees

Organic produce growers and handlers in New Jersey could qualify for government help with... more »

Ag secretary Perdue outlines reorganization plans

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced May 11 the creation of an undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs in the USDA, a move he said is being taken in recognition of the ever-increasing... more »

Sonny Perdue confirmed as secretary of agriculture

Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the 31st U.S. secretary of agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas in a brief ceremony April 25 at the Supreme Court... more »

USDA announces $12.1M for crop protection, pest management

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has made $12.1 in funding available through the Crop Protection and Pest Management (CPPM) Competitive Grants Program. The CPPM program supports research... more »


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