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  • Beghin to work with USDA on food security

    ISU CARD economist John Beghin will help the Food Security and Development Branch (FSDB) of the Economic Research Service of USDA in its annual assessment of food security in 76 low- and middle-income countries. Beghin will identify and incorporate improvements in the modeling framework used for the assessment, which currently has a strong focus on food availability, but is less robust in its ...

  • USDA Moves Forward with Flawed GIPSA Rules

    In a letter to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association ...

  • USDA-NRCS New York conservation innovation grant

    The synopsis for this grant opportunity is detailed below, following this paragraph. This synopsis contains all of the updates to this document that have been posted as of  06/03/2010 . If updates have been made to the opportunity synopsis, update information is provided below the synopsis. If you would like to receive notifications of changes to the grant opportunity click ...

  • USDA to Release New Long-Term Agricultural Projections

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will release its 10-year agricultural projections on Feb. 11, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. EST. USDA's Agricultural Projections to 2024will be posted to the Office of the Chief Economist's (OCE) website at www.usda.gov/oce and available in MS Word and PDF formats. Projections data will be available as Excel spreadsheets, as ...

  • Decagon devices part of US$5m USDA grant

    Decagon Devices, in Pullman, Washington is part of a national team that recently received a 5-year USDA – National Institute of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Research Initiative Grant award of $5,161,495 to investigate precision irrigation and nutrient management for nursery, greenhouse and green roof systems using wireless sensor networks. Decagon Devices, an environmental instrumentation ...


    By METER Group, Inc.

  • USDA Announces Speakers for the 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced speakers for the 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum, "The Changing Face of Agriculture," to be held from Feb. 20-21 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, Arlington, Va. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will moderate two general session panels on the Future of Agriculture. Speaking in the first panel will be Administrator of the U. S. Agency ...

  • 2010 USDA-NRCS Montana conservation innovation grants

    The synopsis for this grant opportunity is detailed below, following this paragraph. This synopsis contains all of the updates to this document that have been posted as of 05/05/2010. If updates have been made to the opportunity synopsis, update information is provided below the synopsis. If you would like to receive notifications of changes to the grant opportunity click ...

  • USDA Seeks Research Grants to Develop U.S. Aquaculture

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing in aquaculture development. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is seeking research grant funding applications for projects to support an environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture industry in the U.S. and generate new science-based information and innovation to address industry constraints. Although ...

  • USDA awards US$14m in conservation innovation grants

    Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer has announced US$14 million in Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to fund 45 projects in 40 states to develop and refine cutting-edge technologies and approaches that will help farmers conserve and sustain natural resources on their operations. 'Conservation Innovation Grants foster the development of new technologies and approaches to natural resource ...

  • USDA Invests $2.5 Billion in Rural Electric Infrastructure

    Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that USDA is investing $2.5 billion in rural electric infrastructure improvements to help create jobs and support economic development in 27 states. “These significant investments will help develop and maintain modern, reliable electric infrastructure ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • USDA Announces Investments in Businesses and Rural Economic Development

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is investing in rural businesses to help create jobs and spur economic development. "These investments will help businesses expand, help rural communities grow their economies and help support the community-based development goals of the Obama administration," Vilsack said. "USDA is providing loans and grants to our local partners who ...

  • Cattlemen Praise Confirmation of Gov. Perdue for USDA Secretary

    Craig Uden, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, today praised the Senate confirmation of former Gov. Sonny Perdue to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture: “Decisions made every day at the USDA have a significant impact on our ability to run our operations. We are excited to have a Secretary that comes from the industry, understands the complexities of our ...

  • USDA Announces 19 USB Farmer-Director Appointments

    Nineteen farmer-leaders will be sworn in as directors of the United Soybean Board (USB) in December, after their recent appointments by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The 19 soybean farmers from across the United States include five new appointees and 14 returning directors. These volunteer farmers invest soy checkoff funds on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers in projects to increase ...


    By United Soybean Board (USB)

  • USDA Grant Program Creates Opportunities for Alaska Natives

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Office in Palmer, Alaska, is accepting applications for the Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) Program for Fiscal Year 2014. The primary purpose of the RBEG is to support the development of small and emerging private business enterprises in rural areas (with a population of less than 50,000). In Alaska, the Municipality of Anchorage ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • USDA Grants Support Organic Agriculture Research

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today awarded five grants to support research, education and Extension programs that will improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers. "The organic industry is a rapidly growing segment of American agriculture and it is important we continue to invest in sound science to support ...

  • BIO Applauds Strengthening of the USDA BioPreferred Program

    The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today applauded President Obama’s directive to expand and strengthen the USDA BioPreferred program. BIO President & CEO Jim Greenwood said, “The USDA’s BioPreferred program provides important federal leadership that can expand consumer demand for renewable products made from biomass, such as agricultural ...

  • USDA spending $3M to feed honeybees in Midwest

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday it will spend millions of dollars to help farmers and ranchers improve pastures in five Midwestern states to provide food for the nation's struggling honeybees. Commercial honeybees pollinate an estimated $15 billion worth of produce each year. Many beekeepers bring hives to the ...


    By Associated Press

  • AltAir Fuels Partners With USDA to Spur Camelina Growth

    AltAir Fuels and the USDA today announced the establishment of Biomass Crop Assistance Program ("BCAP") areas in Washington state, Montana and California for the production of the oilseed crop camelina sativa as a feedstock for sustainable, low carbon aviation fuel, renewable diesel and specialty chemicals. Camelina grows in rotation with wheat, does not displace food crops and requires minimal ...


  • USDA and UN to Collaborate on Sustainable Global Agriculture

    WASHINGTON, DC (ENS) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA, have signed an agreement to enhance their cooperation to promote and support the development of a sustainable global agriculture system. Approved last fall, the agreement was signed Wednesday by FAO Director-General Dr. Jacques Diouf and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture ...

  • USDA Announces New Support for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

    U.S. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced the implementation of new Farm Bill measures and other policy changes to improve the financial security of new and beginning farmers and ranchers. Harden also unveiled www.usda.gov/newfarmers, a new website that will provide a centralized, one-stop resource where beginning farmers and ranchers can ...

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