USDA

USDA to buy Maine wild blueberries

USDA has agreed to purchase 30 million pounds of wild blueberries from Maine blueberry growers, The Associated Press reports. The Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine... more »

USDA conducting first local foods survey

The USDA has begun conducting the 2015 Local Food Marketing Practices Survey. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is conducting this first-time survey to produce official benchmark data on the local food sector in the United States. The... more »

Andean blackberry, raspberry can be imported from Ecuador

USDA APHIS is amending the “Fruit and Vegetables” regulations to allow the importation of fresh Andean blackberry (Rubus glaucus Benth) and raspberry (Rubus idaeus Linnaeus) fruit from Ecuador into the continental United States under a... more »

USDA launches new GroupGAP program

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced the official launch of GroupGAP, a new certification program that helps small and mid-sized growers and cooperatives meet retailers' on-farm food safety requirements. "We know that GAP certification can... more »

USDA announces $5.2 million for nanotechnology research

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced an investment of more than $5.2 million to support nanotechnology research at 11 universities. The universities will research ways nanotechnology can be used to improve food safety, enhance renewable fuels,... more »

Secretary Vilsack announces agreements for US-Cuba ag sectors

While in Cuba, Secretary Vilsack announced that USDA will allow the 22 industry-funded Research and Promotion Programs and 18 Marketing Order organizations to conduct authorized research and information exchange activities with Cuba. These groups, which... more »

$62 million in specialty crop grants available to growers

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is making more than $62 million in grant funding available to support specialty crop producers through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP).  SCBGP grants are allocated to U.S.... more »

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to travel to Cuba

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will join President Obama when he travels to Cuba later this month, the USDA announced. This historic visit - the first by a sitting U.S. President in nearly 90 years -... more »

USDA expands insurance options for transition to certified organic

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the expansion of a crop insurance option to allow producers to purchase insurance coverage that better reflects their product's actual value. Producers transitioning to certified organic production can now use the... more »

USDA announces $58.25 million to protect agriculture from pests

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has allocated $58.25 million from Section 10007 of the 2014 Farm Bill. This money will support 434 projects that prevent... more »


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