USDA

USDA awards $36.5 million to research, Extension

USDA has issued 19 grants totaling $36.5 million for research and extension to support American farmers growing fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops including floriculture. The grants are funded through... more »

USDA awards $26 million for farmworker housing

USDA has awarded $26 million to help provide housing for farmworkers in nine rental communities in four states. The funding will support 439 rental units in California, Florida, Kansas and Texas. The funding is provided through... more »

USDA commits to $27.5 million purchase of cranberry concentrate

A collaborative effort between cranberry industry stakeholders, USDA officials and the Cranberry Marketing Committee has culminated in the commitment to a $27.5 million purchase of cranberry concentrate through the USDA’s Section 32 Commodity Purchase Program.... more »

Rules for local food enterprise loans finalized

On Friday, June 3, USDA released its final rule for the Business and Industry (B&I) Loan Guarantee program, codifying a variety of changes aimed at improving program delivery, making the regulation easier to understand, and... more »

Western Growers, USDA to host strawberry crop insurance meetings

Western Growers is working closely with USDA's Risk Management Agency to enhance and improve the current strawberry crop insurance program. In the latest effort to tailor the program, the two organizations have planned two informational... more »

USDA awards $14.5 million for plant resilience research

USDA has awarded more than $14.5 million in grants to support research into plant health, production and resilience. These grants were made through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational program, authorized by the... more »

USDA cites Old Fashion Honey Corp for PACA violations

USDA has cited Old Fashion Honey Corp., doing business as U.S. Food Logistics, Delray Beach, Florida, for failure to pay for produce. The company failed to pay $1,239,751 to five sellers for 30 lots of... more »

USDA extends deadline for recording farm structure

  The USDA is providing farms a one-time, 30-day extension to the June 1 deadline for recording farm organization structures related to Actively Engaged in Farming determinations. This date is used to determine the level... more »

Secretary Vilsack releases statement on organic sector report

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has released a statement on the Organic Trade Association's report that the organic sector posted its largest-ever dollar gain in 2015. Total organic product sales grew by $4.2 billion, reaching $43.3... more »

Reuters: USDA to join panel reviewing ChemChina, Syngenta deal

The USDA will join the government panel reviewing ChemChina’s planned acquisition of Syngenta, according to Reuters. U.S. Senators wrote a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew requesting that the U.S. Department of Treasury and USDA... more »


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