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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 »

Update: Industry endorses Perdue for USDA

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to nominate former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue for USDA secretary of agriculture, Bloomberg reports. The nomination is welcome news to American Farm Bureau, according to a statement from the association. "Gov.... more »

Conservation Stewardship Program deadline approaching

The agricultural non-profit Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI) is urging farmers interested in receiving compensation for existing and additional conservation efforts to apply to USDA’s Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) by Feb. 3 for consideration in... more »

Certification reimbursements available to organic producers

Starting March 20, organic producers and handlers will be able to visit over 2,100 USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices to apply for federal reimbursement to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic... more »

$3.8M awarded for research in support of organic farmers

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has made up to $3.8 million in funding available to support research, education and extension to support organic farmers and ranchers as well as those adopting organic... more »

$9.4M awarded to pest management research

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded $9.4 million to support 25 research and outreach projects that will help mitigate pests, weeds and diseases on farms and in communities. The awards are made... more »

Michigan recipients of USDA specialty crop grants named

Michigan recipients of the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program have been named by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). “Each of these projects will help enhance of the growth of Michigan’s... more »

USDA invests in expanding, diversifying US agriculture workforce

An increase in federal and private-sector support will expand and diversify the U.S. agricultural workforce by increasing opportunities in education, research and outreach, according to USDSA. The initiative is part of the White House Office... more »

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