USDA - Latest News Releases
USDA - Latest News Releases
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today issued the following statement:
USDA Invests $1.7 Billion to Protect Sensitive Agricultural Lands through Conservation Reserve Program
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2016 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will issue nearly $1.7 billion in payments to more than half of a million Americans who have contracts with the government to protect sensitive agricultural lands. The investment, part of the voluntary USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), will allow producers to protect almost 24 million acres of wetlands, grasslands and wildlife habitat in 2016.
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Awards $45 Million in Grants to Help Agricultural Producers and Small Rural Businesses Develop New Products
EAU CLAIRE Wis., Oct. 27, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is providing more than $45 million to help farmers, ranchers, small businesses and entrepreneurs nationwide develop new product lines. USDA is investing in 325 projects through the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $3.6 billion in loans to fund 82 electric projects in 31 states. These loans will finance infrastructure upgrades, create jobs and improve system operations for rural electric customers nationwide.
USDA Invests Over $300 Million to Help Hundreds of Small Businesses Improve Energy Efficiency, Adopt Renewable Energy Systems
AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 25, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $300 million to help hundreds of small businesses across the country save money on their energy costs by adopting renewable sources or implementing more efficient energy options.
NEW YORK, Sept. 28, 2016 - At the New York Times Food for Tomorrow Conference, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced more than $56 million in grants to strengthen local and regional food systems, support farmers markets, and fund organic research.
Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Significant Decrease in Household Food Insecurity in the United States
WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today issued the following statement on the release of the USDA Economic Research Service analysis, Household Food Security in the United States in 2015, which points to the lowest figures on record for food insecurity among children:
WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2014—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released the following statement on Rural America At A Glance, 2014 Edition, an annual report by USDA’s Economic Research Service: