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USDA to host international drought workshop

Drought management experts from Israel and Australia will join U.S. scientists in California for a workshop in Modesto on Jan. 12 and 13. The two-day event, "Proven Solutions to Drought Stress: Water Management Strategies for Perennial Crops... more »

Only active farm managers eligible for safety-net payments

USDA has  finalized a rule to ensure that farm safety-net payments are issued only to active managers of farms that operate as joint ventures or general partnerships, consistent with the direction and authority provide by... more »

Organizations get funding to expand commercial export markets

USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has awarded fiscal year 2016 funding to more than 60 U.S. agricultural organizations to help expand commercial export markets for U.S. goods. The Market Access Program (MAP) focuses on consumer promotion,... more »

USDA awards millions to support specialty crop production

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded more than $113 million in program grants to support farmers growing specialty crops through research, agricultural Extension activities, and programs to increase demand and address the needs of... more »

USDA grants assist in science-based biotechnology risk assessment

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced more than $4 million in grants that will provide federal policy makers with scientific knowledge to identify and develop appropriate management practices to minimize any risks associated with genetically... more »

USDA NASS begins gathering food safety data about fruit operations nationwide

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is now surveying produce packers and other post-harvest businesses to help fruit and vegetables operations as they prepare to implement new federal food safety requirements.... more »

USDA commits $2.5 million to expand new farmer education

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced that $2.5 million in grants is now available for projects to educate new and underserved farmers about more than 20 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency programs... more »

USDA Fruit and Vegetable Program changes name to Specialty Crops Program

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is changing the name of the Fruit and Vegetable Program to the Specialty Crops Program effective immediately. Because of the expansion of products covered, the program name is being changed to... more »

AMS previews expansion of successful GroupGAP pilot program

At a Sept. 15 meeting of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Anne Alonzo previewed the planned expansion of a pilot program that helps small... more »


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