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05/13/2021

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Haaland today released a Joint Wildland Fire Leadership Memo outlining their goals for wildland fire management. This memo reflects the administration’s wildland fire preparedness, promoting climate resiliency across landscapes, modernizing the firefighter workforce and creating jobs, and promoting the safety of firefighters and incident responders.

“We used to call it fire season, but wildland fires now extend throughout the entire year, burning hotter and growing more catastrophic in drier conditions due to climate change,” said Secretary Vilsack.

The Secretaries also received a virtual operational briefing today from wildland fire experts National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, ID.

📷 Kari Greer/USDA Forest Service.

USDA will purchase $159.4 million in consumer-ready seafood, fruits, and legumes. This simultaneously helps producers di...
05/13/2021

USDA will purchase $159.4 million in consumer-ready seafood, fruits, and legumes. This simultaneously helps producers disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and provides nutritious food to struggling families through
USDA Food and Nutrition Service networks. Details: https://go.usa.gov/xH6aX

USDA will purchase $159.4 million in consumer-ready seafood, fruits, and legumes. This simultaneously helps producers disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and provides nutritious food to struggling families through
USDA Food and Nutrition Service networks. Details: https://go.usa.gov/xH6aX

The CDC recently provided $9.95 million in funding to USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture to support an in...
05/12/2021
USDA-NIFA, CDC and Cooperative Extension Team Up for Vaccine Education in Rural America | National Institute of Food and Agriculture

The CDC recently provided $9.95 million in funding to USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture to support an innovative approach to community education and partnerships to advance adult immunization.

NIFA will use this funding to support Land-grant Universities and the Cooperative Extension System in delivering immunization education to the communities they serve to improve vaccine confidence.

KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 12, 2021 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently provided $9.95 million in funding to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to support an innovative approach to community education and partnerships to ...

Today and every day, we honor the incredible women whose influence on the world is beyond measure. They brighten our fut...
05/09/2021

Today and every day, we honor the incredible women whose influence on the world is beyond measure. They brighten our future by shaping the character of each new generation. Happy Mother's Day!

Today and every day, we honor the incredible women whose influence on the world is beyond measure. They brighten our future by shaping the character of each new generation. Happy Mother's Day!

We 😍 this! We appreciate all the hard work from Wyoming’s teachers and school nutrition professionals for stepping up, d...
05/07/2021
Thank You, USDA

We 😍 this! We appreciate all the hard work from Wyoming’s teachers and school nutrition professionals for stepping up, day after day, to serve healthy food to their students. #PSRW #GovPossible

Dr. Evans joined USDA Agricultural Research Service as a Research Entomologist in 1998.  He was an early proponent of th...
05/07/2021

Dr. Evans joined USDA Agricultural Research Service as a Research Entomologist in 1998. He was an early proponent of the Honey Bee Genome Project and helped recruit and lead scientists interested in applied genomics for bees

Dr. Evans joined USDA Agricultural Research Service as a Research Entomologist in 1998. He was an early proponent of the Honey Bee Genome Project and helped recruit and lead scientists interested in applied genomics for bees

Join America The Beautiful as we kick off a decade-long challenge to conserve and restore 30% of lands and waters in Ame...
05/06/2021
Biden-Harris Administration Outlines “America the Beautiful” Initiative

Join America The Beautiful as we kick off a decade-long challenge to conserve and restore 30% of lands and waters in America by 2030! A report by U.S. Department of the Interior, USDA, U.S. Department of Commerce and The White House Council on Environmental Quality lays out guiding principles for the nationwide effort

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2021 – Today the Biden-Harris administration outlined a v

Dr. Acosta-Martinez leads a Soil Biology Group at USDA Agricultural Research Service that provides information vital to ...
05/06/2021

Dr. Acosta-Martinez leads a Soil Biology Group at USDA Agricultural Research Service that provides information vital to selecting sustainable agricultural practices across the nation

Dr. Acosta-Martinez leads a Soil Biology Group at USDA Agricultural Research Service that provides information vital to selecting sustainable agricultural practices across the nation

As a USDA Plant Protection and Quarantine/Canine Handler, what Josh Moose loves most about his job is talking to people ...
05/05/2021

As a USDA Plant Protection and Quarantine/Canine Handler, what Josh Moose loves most about his job is talking to people about how the dogs can do their job and how awesome they are at it!

As a USDA Plant Protection and Quarantine/Canine Handler, what Josh Moose loves most about his job is talking to people about how the dogs can do their job and how awesome they are at it!

Calling all local and regional food organizations: USDA is investing $92.2 million in competitive grant funding to build...
05/05/2021
USDA Invests $92.2 Million in Grants for Local, Regional Food Producers Affected by the Pandemic

Calling all local and regional food organizations: USDA is investing $92.2 million in competitive grant funding to build resilient local and regional food systems. Details: https://go.usa.gov/xHd5p

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2021 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of $92.2 million in competitive grant funding under the 2018 Farm Bill’s Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP). The LAMP grants announced today are funded through the Farmers Market program as ...

Celebrate Mexican culture and flavors for Cinco de Mayo! Make these chicken enchiladas for a healthy, tasty dinner: http...
05/05/2021

Celebrate Mexican culture and flavors for Cinco de Mayo! Make these chicken enchiladas for a healthy, tasty dinner: https://go.usa.gov/xsS5d

Celebrate Mexican culture and flavors for Cinco de Mayo! Make these chicken enchiladas for a healthy, tasty dinner: https://go.usa.gov/xsS5d

Coming from a rural village in Mexico with only three classrooms, Juana recognized the value of education and as a child...
05/04/2021

Coming from a rural village in Mexico with only three classrooms, Juana recognized the value of education and as a child developed a passion for learning. She dreamt of one day being able to help the environment after seeing rivers polluted by pesticides and trash. Her parents' perseverance inspired her to attain a higher education which paved the way for a job at the U.S. Forest Service.

Coming from a rural village in Mexico with only three classrooms, Juana recognized the value of education and as a child developed a passion for learning. She dreamt of one day being able to help the environment after seeing rivers polluted by pesticides and trash. Her parents' perseverance inspired her to attain a higher education which paved the way for a job at the U.S. Forest Service.

05/04/2021
Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month

Each May we celebrate Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month and take this time to recommit ourselves to the ongoing work to ensure equity and opportunity for the AANHPI community at USDA and throughout the U.S. AANHPIs have played an integral role shaping our nation’s culture, safeguarding our democracy and cultivating our civic institutions.

This week, we honor and recognize all who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees. Tha...
05/03/2021

This week, we honor and recognize all who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees. Thanks for all you do on behalf of our country! Happy Public Service Recognition Week!

This week, we honor and recognize all who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees. Thanks for all you do on behalf of our country! Happy Public Service Recognition Week!

04/29/2021
USDA's First 100 Days

As a result of our actions the past 100 days, food insecurity and poverty rates are falling, agricultural markets and export opportunities are flourishing, agricultural producers and landowners have more opportunities to participate in voluntary and incentive-based conservation practices, underserved communities once left out of federal programming and decision-making are prioritized once again, and critical infrastructure and business investments are being made to strengthen rural America.

Details: https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/04/29/usda-100-days-update

USDA is providing states with $1.135 billion from the American Rescue Plan Act to support and enhance their administrati...
04/29/2021

USDA is providing states with $1.135 billion from the American Rescue Plan Act to support and enhance their administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP) at a time when millions of Americans are struggling to put food on their tables. Learn more: https://www.fns.usda.gov/news-item/fns-000221

USDA is providing states with $1.135 billion from the American Rescue Plan Act to support and enhance their administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP) at a time when millions of Americans are struggling to put food on their tables. Learn more: https://www.fns.usda.gov/news-item/fns-000221

The USDA has been publishing feeding advice for children since the early 1900s. This 1931 poster shares the historical t...
04/29/2021

The USDA has been publishing feeding advice for children since the early 1900s. This 1931 poster shares the historical tip, “Teach the flavor of a variety of foods early.” Learn more about the history of infant nutrition advice in the National Agricultural Library’s Historical Dietary Guidance Digital Collection. https://go.usa.gov/xHTte

The USDA has been publishing feeding advice for children since the early 1900s. This 1931 poster shares the historical tip, “Teach the flavor of a variety of foods early.” Learn more about the history of infant nutrition advice in the National Agricultural Library’s Historical Dietary Guidance Digital Collection. https://go.usa.gov/xHTte

On May 26th, we're hosting the first-ever Food Loss and Waste Innovation Fair from 12 - 4 PM ET to showcase USDA investm...
04/28/2021
USDA Hosts First-Ever Virtual Fair on Food Waste Reduction Innovations and Leaders

On May 26th, we're hosting the first-ever Food Loss and Waste Innovation Fair from 12 - 4 PM ET to showcase USDA investments and business leadership in reducing food loss and waste throughout the food system

Register today: https://www.usda.gov/foodlossandwaste/news/innovation-fair

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that it will host the first-ever Food Loss and Waste Innovation Fair on May 26 (12 - 4 p.m. ET), to showcase USDA investments and business leadership in reducing food loss and waste throughout the food system.

With American Rescue Plan funding, participants in USDA's Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and...
04/28/2021

With American Rescue Plan funding, participants in USDA's Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) may soon see a temporary increase to their benefits for the purchase of fruits and vegetables. Details: https://go.usa.gov/xHURd

With American Rescue Plan funding, participants in USDA's Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) may soon see a temporary increase to their benefits for the purchase of fruits and vegetables. Details: https://go.usa.gov/xHURd

It’s easy to reduce food waste when you love your leftovers. After your meal, pack leftovers in small portions in shallo...
04/27/2021

It’s easy to reduce food waste when you love your leftovers. After your meal, pack leftovers in small portions in shallow containers, mark the contents and date and refrigerate or freeze immediately ❄️ https://www.usda.gov/foodlossandwaste/consumers

It’s easy to reduce food waste when you love your leftovers. After your meal, pack leftovers in small portions in shallow containers, mark the contents and date and refrigerate or freeze immediately ❄️ https://www.usda.gov/foodlossandwaste/consumers

USDA is increasing food assistance to low-income seniors – a population that has been especially hard-hit by the pandemi...
04/26/2021

USDA is increasing food assistance to low-income seniors – a population that has been especially hard-hit by the pandemic – by providing nearly $37 million in additional support to the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). States and Tribal nations will receive the new funding from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act to serve additional seniors, in addition to up to $2.6 million in administrative funds from a previous COVID relief bill. https://www.fns.usda.gov/news-item/usda-008221

USDA is increasing food assistance to low-income seniors – a population that has been especially hard-hit by the pandemic – by providing nearly $37 million in additional support to the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). States and Tribal nations will receive the new funding from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act to serve additional seniors, in addition to up to $2.6 million in administrative funds from a previous COVID relief bill. https://www.fns.usda.gov/news-item/usda-008221

🚨🚨 This summer, USDA will offer Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits to all low-income children of all ...
04/26/2021
USDA to Provide Critical Nutrition Assistance to 30M+ Kids Over the Summer

🚨🚨 This summer, USDA will offer Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits to all low-income children of all ages, helping families put food on the table during the COVID-19 pandemic.

WASHINGTON, April 26, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a new effort funded by the American Rescue Plan to provide adequate nutrition to more than 30 million children over the summer by expanding Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits. Summer months ar...

Todas las personas mayores de 16 años en los Estados Unidos son elegibles para la vacuna del COVID-19. Para el bienestar...
04/23/2021

Todas las personas mayores de 16 años en los Estados Unidos son elegibles para la vacuna del COVID-19. Para el bienestar suyo, sus familiares, su comunidad y su entorno de vida, le recomendamos obtenerla con el fin de evitar el contagió y propagación del virus.

Todas las personas mayores de 16 años en los Estados Unidos son elegibles para la vacuna del COVID-19. Para el bienestar suyo, sus familiares, su comunidad y su entorno de vida, le recomendamos obtenerla con el fin de evitar el contagió y propagación del virus.

Everyone 16 and older in America is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Getting the vaccine will protect yourself, your f...
04/23/2021

Everyone 16 and older in America is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Getting the vaccine will protect yourself, your families, your community and your way of life. Together, we can end this pandemic.

Everyone 16 and older in America is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Getting the vaccine will protect yourself, your families, your community and your way of life. Together, we can end this pandemic.

04/22/2021
Secretary Vilsack's Earth Day 2021 Message

We all have a role to play to safeguard our planet for future generations. On this Earth Day and for many more to come, USDA will be there to help in the effort.

We are committed to working with farmers and landowners to make climate smart practices work for them in a market-orient...
04/22/2021

We are committed to working with farmers and landowners to make climate smart practices work for them in a market-oriented way—a way that creates new streams of income, a cleaner energy future, and a biobased manufacturing revolution.

We are committed to working with farmers and landowners to make climate smart practices work for them in a market-oriented way—a way that creates new streams of income, a cleaner energy future, and a biobased manufacturing revolution.

Today we celebrate America’s farmers, ranchers and foresters who protect our soil, water and air and safeguard our plane...
04/22/2021

Today we celebrate America’s farmers, ranchers and foresters who protect our soil, water and air and safeguard our planet for future generations. Happy Earth Day!

Today we celebrate America’s farmers, ranchers and foresters who protect our soil, water and air and safeguard our planet for future generations. Happy Earth Day!

We will open enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) with higher payment rates, new incentives and a more t...
04/21/2021

We will open enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) with higher payment rates, new incentives and a more targeted focus on the program’s role in climate change mitigation. Details: https://go.usa.gov/xH98J

We will open enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) with higher payment rates, new incentives and a more targeted focus on the program’s role in climate change mitigation. Details: https://go.usa.gov/xH98J

As part of our commitment to addressing climate change through adaptation and mitigation with climate-smart tools for fa...
04/21/2021

As part of our commitment to addressing climate change through adaptation and mitigation with climate-smart tools for farmers, ranchers, producers and foresters, USDA will invest $21.7M in research innovations to improve soil health and climate smart agriculture and forestry. Details: https://go.usa.gov/xH8uM

As part of our commitment to addressing climate change through adaptation and mitigation with climate-smart tools for farmers, ranchers, producers and foresters, USDA will invest $21.7M in research innovations to improve soil health and climate smart agriculture and forestry. Details: https://go.usa.gov/xH8uM

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