USDA - Latest News Releases

USDA - Latest News Releases

Statement from Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Senate Confirmation of Jeffrey Prieto as General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2015 — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today made the following statement on the Senate Confirmation of Jeffrey Prieto as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

USDA Announces Available Funding for Farm Bill Broadband Loan Program

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of loans to build broadband in rural areas, along with changes to the program required by the 2014 Farm Bill.

USDA Announces $18.1 Million to Help Rural Businesses Create Jobs

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced loans and grants for 92 projects worth $18.1 to help support the start-up or expansion of rural small businesses. These funds are part of more than 20,000 grants and loans to more than 85,000 rural businesses USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service has awarded since the start of the Obama administration.

USDA Announces First Private Sector Investments through U.S. Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the first round of investments in rural infrastructure projects through the U.S. Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund.

USDA, Microsoft to Launch "Innovation Challenge" to Address Food Resiliency

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2015 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is partnering with Microsoft to launch the "Innovation Challenge," a contest designed to explore how climate change will impact the United States' food system with the intent of achieving better food resiliency.

California-based Organizations Support Federal and State Investments to Support Water Quality and Quantity in Drought-Stricken California

SUNOL, Calif., June 25, 2015 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack yesterday joined Interior Deputy Secretary Mike Connor and California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird to announce a new partnership focused on conserving and restoring the Sierra-Cascade California Headwaters, as part of President Obama's Resilient Lands and Waters initiative.

USDA Invests $6.7 Million in 544 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Nationwide

WASHINGTON, June 10, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is investing more than $6.7 million in 544 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide.

USDA Announces $78 Million Available for Local Food Enterprises

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is making a historic $78 million investment in local and regional food systems, including food hubs, farmers markets, aggregation and processing facilities, distribution services, and other local food business enterprises.