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USDA seeks drop in food losses, waste

The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to feature the newest food loss and waste mitigation technologies at the second virtual Food Loss and Waste Innovation Fair. The Food Loss and Waste Innovation Fair is from... more »

Inflation Reduction Act brings $20 billion for climate-smart ag

The Inflation Reduction Act will deliver $19.5 billion in new conservation funding to support climate-smart agriculture. This historic funding will bolster the new steps that USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced Aug. 15 to... more »

USDA expands funding of produce as medicine programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is using $8 million to support “prescription” programs that pay for fresh fruits and vegetables to improve the health of consumers. The Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) is part... more »

USDA program boosts local crops from California’s underserved farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is funding a program in California that will buy and distribute locally grown, produced and processed food from underserved producers. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the program July 27 during... more »

APHIS extends comment period on five-year plan

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is giving farmers and other industry stakeholders another month to comment on a five-year strategic plan for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. APHIS extended its comment period to... more »

USDA adds specialty crops to market news app

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has added specialty crops to the USDA Market News App 2.0 update. The free app gives producers and others in the supply chain instant access to market information about conventional... more »

Michigan tart cherry volumes return after two years

After two years of almost no crops, Michigan tart cherry producers expect higher yields in 2022. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, through its National Agricultural Statistics Service, forecasted Michigan tart cherry yields in 2022 at 159.5 million... more »

National Organic Standards Board seeks comments for fall meeting

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is accepting comments in preparation for its fall meeting. The board reviews comments before its two annual meetings; the fall meeting is scheduled for Oct. 25-27 in Sacramento, California. The board... more »

USDA extends fertilizer cost, supply comment period

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is again extending the deadline for comments and information from the public about its “Access to Fertilizer: Competition and Supply Chain Concerns.” The notice originally published in the Federal Register on... more »

Specialty crop program offsets $200 million in food safety costs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing specialty crop growers up to $200 million to offset certain expenses incurred to receive food safety certification. The USDA’s new Food Safety Certification for Specialty Crops (FSCSC) program... more »

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