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Learn how USDA is working to build a fairer, more competitive, and more resilient meat and poultry supply chain ➡ https:...
01/05/2022

Learn how USDA is working to build a fairer, more competitive, and more resilient meat and poultry supply chain ➡ https://www.usda.gov/meat

Learn how USDA is working to build a fairer, more competitive, and more resilient meat and poultry supply chain ➡ https://www.usda.gov/meat

Ready to achieve your New Year’s nutrition goals? Use resources from Nutrition.gov’s Online Tools page to help you build...
01/05/2022

Ready to achieve your New Year’s nutrition goals? Use resources from Nutrition.gov’s Online Tools page to help you build healthy meals throughout the year. Find the DRI Calculator for Healthcare Professionals, Start Simple with MyPlate app, food group quizzes, and more: https://go.usa.gov/xeYzm

Ready to achieve your New Year’s nutrition goals? Use resources from Nutrition.gov’s Online Tools page to help you build healthy meals throughout the year. Find the DRI Calculator for Healthcare Professionals, Start Simple with MyPlate app, food group quizzes, and more: https://go.usa.gov/xeYzm

Today at 1:30 ET, Secretary Vilsack will participate in a meeting with President Joe Biden to discuss the Administration...
01/03/2022
Roundtable on Promoting Competition and Reducing Prices in the Meat Industry

Today at 1:30 ET, Secretary Vilsack will participate in a meeting with President Joe Biden to discuss the Administration’s commitment for building fair and competitive markets for America’s farmers and ranchers, particularly USDA’s actions to expand meat and poultry processing capacity and increase competition.

President Biden Meets Virtually with Family and Independent Farmers and Ranchers to Discuss his Administration’s Work to Boost Competition and Reduce Prices ...

Happy New Year, from your friends and partners at USDA! Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2022 ❤
01/01/2022

Happy New Year, from your friends and partners at USDA! Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2022 ❤

Happy New Year, from your friends and partners at USDA! Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2022 ❤

Happy holidays from USDA! May the season fill your home with warmth, joy, love and good cheer ❤️
12/25/2021

Happy holidays from USDA! May the season fill your home with warmth, joy, love and good cheer ❤️

Happy holidays from USDA! May the season fill your home with warmth, joy, love and good cheer ❤️

There are over 100 million Christmas trees currently growing on U.S. farms, all planted by farmers. Thanks to these farm...
12/23/2021

There are over 100 million Christmas trees currently growing on U.S. farms, all planted by farmers. Thanks to these farmers we get to enjoy the joyful scent and natural beauty in our homes and offices all season long!

There are over 100 million Christmas trees currently growing on U.S. farms, all planted by farmers. Thanks to these farmers we get to enjoy the joyful scent and natural beauty in our homes and offices all season long!

Have you ever wondered if you should be counted as a farm in the NACS or other USDA surveys? You might be a farmer and n...
12/21/2021
What is a Farm?

Have you ever wondered if you should be counted as a farm in the NACS or other USDA surveys? You might be a farmer and not even know it. To find out, check out our video “What is a Farm?” #AgStats #AgCensus

Do you know what a farm is? Could you be a producer? Join Shareefah Williams as she walks you through the definition of a farm. The farm definition has chang...

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that assistance is available for communities and agricultural produce...
12/16/2021
USDA Assists Farmers, Ranchers, and Communities Affected by Recent Tornadoes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that assistance is available for communities and agricultural producers affected by the tornadoes that tore through Kentucky and five other states over the weekend.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that assistance is available for communities and agricultural producers affected by the tornadoes that tore through Kentucky and five other states over the weekend.

12/16/2021
Secretary Vilsack's Holiday Message

As we meet the opportunities and the challenges of the moment, know that USDA is here to support the viability and profitability of our nation’s producers, into 2022 and beyond.

Thank you for what you do every day, and I wish you a happy holiday season with family and friends.

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

Respond to the National Agricultural Classification Survey (NACS) survey today to ensure every voice is heard in the 202...
12/13/2021

Respond to the National Agricultural Classification Survey (NACS) survey today to ensure every voice is heard in the 2022 #AgCensus. Responding online is quick and secure.

Respond to the National Agricultural Classification Survey (NACS) survey today to ensure every voice is heard in the 2022 #AgCensus. Responding online is quick and secure.

We're deploying $100 million under the new Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program to make available nearly $1 billion...
12/09/2021
USDA Launches Loan Guarantee Program to Create More Market Opportunities, Promote Competition and Strengthen America’s Food Supply Chain

We're deploying $100 million under the new Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program to make available nearly $1 billion in loan guarantees for meat and poultry processors and food supply chain infrastructure. These loan guarantees will back private investment in processing and food supply infrastructure that will strengthen the food supply chain for the American people.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2021 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced USDA is deploying $100 million under the new Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program to make available nearly $1 billion in loan guarantees; these loan guarantees will back private investment i...

New to agriculture or NASS surveys? Check your mailboxes beginning Dec. 13 for the @usda_nass National Agricultural Clas...
12/08/2021

New to agriculture or NASS surveys? Check your mailboxes beginning Dec. 13 for the @usda_nass National Agricultural Classification Survey (NACS). Responding online is quick and secure. Learn more about the survey, including FAQs: www.nass.usda.gov/go/nacs #AgCensus

New to agriculture or NASS surveys? Check your mailboxes beginning Dec. 13 for the @usda_nass National Agricultural Classification Survey (NACS). Responding online is quick and secure. Learn more about the survey, including FAQs: www.nass.usda.gov/go/nacs #AgCensus

As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s ongoing efforts to support dairy farmers and rural communities, today we op...
12/08/2021
USDA Opens 2022 Signup for Dairy Margin Coverage, Expands Program for Supplemental Production

As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s ongoing efforts to support dairy farmers and rural communities, today we opened signup for the Dairy Margin Coverage program and expanded the program to allow dairy producers to better protect their operations by enrolling supplemental production.

This signup period – which runs from Dec. 13, 2021 to Feb. 18, 2022 – enables producers to get coverage through this important safety-net program for another year as well as get additional assistance through the new Supplemental DMC.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2021 – As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s ongoing efforts to support dairy farmers and rural communities, today the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) opened signup for the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program and expanded the program to allow dairy producers to b...

USDA will make up to $800 million available to support biofuel producers and infrastructure. Today’s announcement includ...
12/07/2021
USDA to Make Up to $800 Million Available to Provide Economic Relief to Biofuel Producers and Restore Renewable Fuel Markets Hit by the Pandemic

USDA will make up to $800 million available to support biofuel producers and infrastructure. Today’s announcement includes $700 million to provide economic relief to biofuel producers and restore renewable fuel markets affected by the pandemic.

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 7, 2021 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA will make up to $800 million available to support biofuel producers and infrastructure. Today’s announcement includes $700 million to provide economic relief to biofuel producer...

12/06/2021

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In 2015, Tony Olson, who is a member of the Great Falls Little Shell Tribe and a U.S. Army National Guard Veteran, broug...
12/06/2021
Army Veteran Brings Brewing Back to Butte

In 2015, Tony Olson, who is a member of the Great Falls Little Shell Tribe and a U.S. Army National Guard Veteran, brought craft brew back to Butte, Mont. He used USDA Rural Development Rural Energy for America Program funding to install solar panels on his brewery’s roof. Olson worked with Headwaters RC&D to obtain a low-interest loan through the USDA Rural Development Intermediary Relending Program to purchase canning line equipment and increase Butte Brewing Company's distribution options.

In 2015, Tony Olson, who is a member of the Great Falls Little Shell Tribe and a U.S. Army National Guard Veteran, brought craft brew back to Butte, Mont. H...

📢 We're establishing the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program that will award up to $400 million...
12/06/2021
USDA Establishes Food Purchase Program to Transform the Food System, Build Back Better via Local Food Purchase

📢 We're establishing the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program that will award up to $400 million for emergency food assistance purchases of domestic local foods, with an emphasis on purchasing from underserved farmers and ranchers.

Eligible state and tribal governments can apply now until April 5, 2022, at grants.gov.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the establishment of the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program (LFPA) that will award up to $400 million for emergency food assistance purchases of domestic local foods.

Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the Department is investing $633 million to reduce the impacts of climate change o...
12/03/2021
USDA Invests $633 Million in Climate-Smart and Resilient Infrastructure for People in Rural Communities

Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the Department is investing $633 million to reduce the impacts of climate change on rural communities. With the enactment of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and as part of the broader Build Back Better agenda, the Biden-Harris Administration has made investing in rural communities, creating good-paying jobs and combatting the climate crisis top priorities.

SHREWSBURY, Pa., Dec. 03, 2021 – United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the Department is investing $633 million to reduce the impacts of climate change (PDF, 394 KB) on rural communities.

Michael Mavris, a fifth-grade student from Mary Peacock Elementary in Del Norte County, California, was the youth tree l...
12/02/2021

Michael Mavris, a fifth-grade student from Mary Peacock Elementary in Del Norte County, California, was the youth tree lighter for both the USDA and U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree yesterday. Michael’s essay was chosen out of 53 submissions using the prompt, “What does the theme ‘Six Rivers, Many Peoples, One Tree’ mean to you?”

A portion of Michael’s essay reads: “As the lights are strung and the ornaments placed, we, the People who live in the tree's symbolic shadow, hope that its beauty and grandeur provide a beacon to America and a reminder on this Christmas, that all things are possible.”

Michael Mavris, a fifth-grade student from Mary Peacock Elementary in Del Norte County, California, was the youth tree lighter for both the USDA and U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree yesterday. Michael’s essay was chosen out of 53 submissions using the prompt, “What does the theme ‘Six Rivers, Many Peoples, One Tree’ mean to you?”

A portion of Michael’s essay reads: “As the lights are strung and the ornaments placed, we, the People who live in the tree's symbolic shadow, hope that its beauty and grandeur provide a beacon to America and a reminder on this Christmas, that all things are possible.”

Last night, USDA was proud to attend and join Americans from across the country to view the annual lighting of the Capit...
12/02/2021

Last night, USDA was proud to attend and join Americans from across the country to view the annual lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree. The majestic 84-ft white fir tree came from the Six Rivers National Forest in California.

The selection of the tree, collection of ornaments and cross-country trip were the work of many people. One of those people is Peggy Wilson, a public affairs specialist on the Communications, Education, and Training team of the Enterprise Program, who played a crucial role in developing the visual elements of the tree’s seal. The design elements Wilson incorporated into the logo contain several symbols representing the theme of this year’s tree motto, “Six Rivers, Many Peoples, One Tree.” Elements found in the design include:

- The mountains reflect mountains near the Six Rivers National Forest (to include the Trinity, Siskiyou, and Lassic mountains).
- The six colors of the river, hence the Six Rivers.
- The rainbow of people represents the region, state and nation, holding hands in peace and support.
- The flower is the endangered Lassics lupine, complemented by acorns, which are foundational to the native peoples of the area.
- The 113 red and white lights on the tree represent the native tribes of California.

Last night, USDA was proud to attend and join Americans from across the country to view the annual lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree. The majestic 84-ft white fir tree came from the Six Rivers National Forest in California.

The selection of the tree, collection of ornaments and cross-country trip were the work of many people. One of those people is Peggy Wilson, a public affairs specialist on the Communications, Education, and Training team of the Enterprise Program, who played a crucial role in developing the visual elements of the tree’s seal. The design elements Wilson incorporated into the logo contain several symbols representing the theme of this year’s tree motto, “Six Rivers, Many Peoples, One Tree.” Elements found in the design include:

- The mountains reflect mountains near the Six Rivers National Forest (to include the Trinity, Siskiyou, and Lassic mountains).
- The six colors of the river, hence the Six Rivers.
- The rainbow of people represents the region, state and nation, holding hands in peace and support.
- The flower is the endangered Lassics lupine, complemented by acorns, which are foundational to the native peoples of the area.
- The 113 red and white lights on the tree represent the native tribes of California.

Time is running out – have you filled out your 2021 H**p Acreage and Production Survey yet? The survey collection period...
12/01/2021

Time is running out – have you filled out your 2021 H**p Acreage and Production Survey yet? The survey collection period ends Dec. 10. This is your opportunity to shape the future of the h**p industry. Respond online at www.agcounts.usda.gov

Time is running out – have you filled out your 2021 H**p Acreage and Production Survey yet? The survey collection period ends Dec. 10. This is your opportunity to shape the future of the h**p industry. Respond online at www.agcounts.usda.gov

This painting by Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal member Cole Brings Plenty depicts four buffalo heads (white, yellow, red an...
11/30/2021

This painting by Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal member Cole Brings Plenty depicts four buffalo heads (white, yellow, red and black) all facing a different direction. We are honored to have this artwork displayed at USDA Office of Tribal Relations' Hall of Tribal Nations!

This painting by Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal member Cole Brings Plenty depicts four buffalo heads (white, yellow, red and black) all facing a different direction. We are honored to have this artwork displayed at USDA Office of Tribal Relations' Hall of Tribal Nations!

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