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  • Promising solution to runoff issues ahead

    At Thanksgiving, many Americans look forward to eating roast turkey, pumpkin pie, and tangy red cranberries. To feed that appetite, cranberry farming is big business. In Massachusetts, cranberries are the most valuable food crop. The commonwealth’s growers provide one-fourth of the U.S. cranberry supply. Water plays a big role in cranberry farming. At harvest time, cranberry growers ...


    By American Society of Agronomy

  • 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 Announces Conservation Programs that Benefit Beginning Farmers

    Yesterday U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the beginning of a sign-up period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and implementation of the Transition Incentives Program (TIP): “I applaud the administration’s efforts to protect vulnerable agricultural land for the benefit of future generations of farmers,” said ...


    By National Farmers Union

  • USDA proposes voluntary label for biobased products

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making it easier for consumers to identify biobased products through the release of its proposed BioPreferredSM labeling rule. USDA's BioPreferred labeling program, published today in the Federal Register, intends to create a product label that would appear on qualifying BioPreferred biobased ...

  • ZeaChem Selected for $232.5 Million USDA Loan Guarantee

    ZeaChem Inc., a developer of biorefineries for the conversion of renewable biomass into sustainable fuels and chemicals, today announced it has been selected for a $232.5 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program. The conditional commitment enables the financing and construction of ...


    By ZeaChem Inc.

  • USDA, EPA and FDA statement on genetically engineered corn

    The US Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are coordinating efforts following notification by Dow AgroSciences that the company detected extremely low levels of an unregistered genetically engineered (GE) pesticide product known as a plant-incorporated protectant ...

  • USDA Reopens Chinese Market Access for California Citrus

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that California citrus farmers will be able to resume exports to China this season. California citrus exports are valued at $30 million annually. "Resuming trade before the start of the 2014 citrus shipping season is the result of a lot of effort by a number of USDA employees, who worked very closely with their foreign counterparts to resolve ...

  • USDA Announces Increased E. Coli Testing in Beef

    Beginning in March 2012, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will test beef for six additional types of E. coli bacteria to improve its safeguards for consumers. Currently, only 1 type of E. coli bacteria (O157:H7) is tested, but soon the USDA will require testing for 6 additional E. coli serogroups (O26, O103, O45, O111, O121, and O145). If raw beef tests positive for any of the 7 types of ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • USDA seeks partnerships to protect soil and water

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is teaming with businesses, nonprofits and others on a five-year, $2.4 billion program that will fund locally designed cosnervation of soil and water projects nationwide, Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday. Authorized by the new farm law enacted earlier this year, the Regional Conservation Partnership Program is intended to involve the private sector more ...


    By Associated Press

  • 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 ...

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