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USDA grants support urban specialty crops

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing millions of dollars in programs for urban producers, with a goal of strengthening the food supply chain and transforming food systems to be fairer, more competitive and more... more »

USDA opens container assistance program amid shipping woes

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will begin accepting applications for the Commodity Container Assistance Program (CCAP) as the lack of containers adds to supply chain issues. The CCAP currently... more »

USDA’s new Emergency Relief Program kicks off with $10 billion

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency is mailing applications for the Emergency Relief Program (ERP), to help offset losses caused by wildfires, droughts, hurricanes and other natural disasters in 2020 and 2021. The... more »

Specialty crop, commodity growers eligible for $6B in disaster relief

The U. S Department of Agriculture announced May 16 that commodity and specialty crop producers impacted by natural disaster events in 2020 and 2021 will soon begin receiving emergency relief payments totaling approximately $6 billion.... more »

USDA to host virtual event on mental health support

In observance of Mental Health Awareness Month this May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will host a free, virtual convening over three days to highlight the mental health challenges farmers face. The virtual event takes... more »

USDA seeks nominations for National Pollinator Subcommittee

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is strengthening its commitment to advancing research and programmatic priorities that support pollinator health by soliciting nominations for members to serve on its newly formed USDA National Pollinator Subcommittee. The... more »

New guide to USDA sustainable farming programs published

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has published its brand new, fully updated Growing Opportunity: A Guide to USDA Sustainable Farming Programs. This free, comprehensive, practical guide is for farmers and ranchers who want to better... more »

American Rescue Plan technical assistance program accepting grant applications

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting grant applications for the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Technical Assistance Investment Program to provide historically underserved farmers, ranchers and forest landowners technical support in accessing USDA programs and... more »

USDA to invest $250M in innovative American-made fertilizer

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will support additional fertilizer production for American farmers to address rising costs, including the impact of Putin’s price hike on farmers, and spur competition. USDA will make available $250... more »

USDA announces supplemental American Rescue Plan funding available

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced supplemental American Rescue Plan Act funding for the Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP). The program will receive a total of $130 million in supplemental American Rescue Plan... more »

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