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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 »

USDA prepares for Hurricane Matthew

The USDA reminds farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses that could potentially be affected by Hurricane Matthew that USDA has several programs that provide assistance before, during and after disasters. USDA staff in the... more »

USDA awards $21.4M for Extension, organic research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) released details of 26 grants that will help organic farmers and ranchers improve business operations and bring more organic food to the... more »

USDA seeks comments on exotic fruit fly eradication program

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is seeking public comment on an updated environmental impact statement (EIS) that analyzes the effects of exotic fruit fly eradication programs in the United States and its territories.... more »

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