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Join us live TODAY at 12 PM ET for a virtual roundtable where Secretary Vilsack will announce major steps USDA is taking...
02/03/2023

Join us live TODAY at 12 PM ET for a virtual roundtable where Secretary Vilsack will announce major steps USDA is taking to support and enhance the health of America's children through nutritious school meals ➡️ https://usda.gov/live

The journey to homeownership is often filled with anxiety, unknowns, frustrations and eventually excitement as you move ...
02/02/2023
Creating A Haven for Native American Homeowners

The journey to homeownership is often filled with anxiety, unknowns, frustrations and eventually excitement as you move into your home. For Shalyn Janis, this journey began in 2018. She had been trying to buy a home when she heard about USDA’s Native Relending Pilot Program, which helped her family purchase their home:

The journey to homeownership is often filled with anxiety, unknowns, frustrations and eventually excitement as you move into your home. For Shalyn Janis, this journey began in 2018. She had been trying to buy a home for a while when she heard about USDA’s Native Relending, or 502 Direct Loan progr...

Seaweed aquaculture has great potential for growth in the U.S., but currently production is limited to a small number of...
02/02/2023
Research Expanding Opportunities for Commercial Seaweed Production

Seaweed aquaculture has great potential for growth in the U.S., but currently production is limited to a small number of farms that cultivate just one or two species of kelp. Supported by USDA-NIFA, a company in Maine is working to change that. Springtide Seaweed, LLC is addressing several challenges to expanding U.S. seaweed production beyond kelp with funding from NIFA’s Small Business Innovation Research Program.

Seaweed aquaculture has great potential for growth in the U.S., but currently production is limited to a small number of farms that cultivate just one or two species of kelp. Supported by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), a company in Maine is working to change that. Spring...

For the rural residents of West Oregon's Willamette Valley, getting a good internet signal was a struggle. Farmland and ...
02/01/2023
PEAK Internet Reconnect 2 Impact

For the rural residents of West Oregon's Willamette Valley, getting a good internet signal was a struggle. Farmland and foothills and mountains obstructed the use of wireless or satellite service. Then USDA Rural Development stepped in with a ReConnect grant...

Farmers and ranchers who want to pursue organic certification now have a new Sustainable Agriculture Research and Educat...
02/01/2023
New SARE Publication Available to Farmers Seeking Organic Certification

Farmers and ranchers who want to pursue organic certification now have a new Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education publication to help understand USDA National Organic Program requirements and key strategies producers can use to make their three-year transition to organic production a successful one.

Farmers and ranchers who want to pursue organic certification now have a new publication to help understand USDA National Organic Program requirements and key strategies producers can use to make their three-year transition to organic production a successful one. Farmers and ranchers who want to pur...

To create more and better markets for cattle producers, we've launched our pilot Cattle Contracts Library which will pro...
01/31/2023
USDA Continues Laying Foundation for More and Better Markets with Launch of Pilot Cattle Contracts Library

To create more and better markets for cattle producers, we've launched our pilot Cattle Contracts Library which will provide new disclosure to the industry and public regarding the key terms, conditions and volumes under which cattle are contracted. Details ⬇

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2023 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched its pilot Cattle Contracts Library today at Noon Eastern Time on the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Cattle Contract Library webpage. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 directed USDA to create a pilot libra...

01/31/2023
Want to know if/when we received your completed Census of Agriculture? Whether you responded online or by mail, you can ...
01/30/2023

Want to know if/when we received your completed Census of Agriculture?

Whether you responded online or by mail, you can verify your report was received by going to www.agcounts.usda.gov, entering your survey code, and checking the "Submitted" date under the "Status" column of the "My Surveys" tab. Please note that the "Status" update is not always immediate, even if you responded online. The update can take a few minutes up to several days, especially if you returned your form via mail.

UC Davis researchers have found an internal circadian clock controls the distinctive concentric rings of flowering in su...
01/30/2023
Circadian Clock Controls Sunflower Blooms, Optimizing for Pollinators

UC Davis researchers have found an internal circadian clock controls the distinctive concentric rings of flowering in sunflowers, maximizing visits from pollinators. Read more about the recently published USDA-NIFA funded study.

An internal circadian clock controls the distinctive concentric rings of flowering in sunflowers, maximizing visits from pollinators, a new study from plant biologists at the University of California, Davis, shows. The work is published Jan. 13 in eLife.

The rising cost of food at the grocery store, or food inflation, can result in a lack of consistent access to adequate f...
01/27/2023

The rising cost of food at the grocery store, or food inflation, can result in a lack of consistent access to adequate food by someone you know. At this year's Ag Outlook, Emily Englehard of FeedingAmerica will discuss the real word impacts of food price inflation on Americans, as well as the charities that help meet the needs of those facing food insecurity. Register to join in-person or tune in virtually on February 23 at 1:30p ET: https://bit.ly/AgOut23

New and updated Discover MyPlate: Nutrition Education for Kindergarten materials are now available from USDA’s Team Nutr...
01/26/2023

New and updated Discover MyPlate: Nutrition Education for Kindergarten materials are now available from USDA’s Team Nutrition initiative! These fun resources foster the development of healthy food choices and physically active lifestyles during a critical developmental and learning period for children—kindergarten. Find more recipes, food cards, and emergent readers at fns.usda.gov/tn/discover-myplate-nutrition-education-kindergarten.

01/26/2023
The Ninth International Conference on Agricultural Statistics

This May, join us in Washington, DC, for the Ninth International Conference on Agricultural Statistics. The conference will focus on fostering and leveraging best practices and research in response to the changing needs and opportunities for agricultural statistics. The conference is hosted by USDA and World Bank, in coordination with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Learn more and register for the conference: https://www.icas2023.org

Census of Agriculture Respondents: If you already submitted your 2022 Census of Agriculture, thank you. Please disregard...
01/24/2023

Census of Agriculture Respondents: If you already submitted your 2022 Census of Agriculture, thank you. Please disregard any additional AgCensus letters and forms. It is possible we did not have your form checked in at the time we sent our last reminder. For answers to your 2022 Census of Agriculture frequently asked questions (FAQs), visit https://www.nass.usda.gov/AgCensus/FAQ/2022/index.php.

How can we achieve both environmental progress and economic development for more sustainable future in American agricult...
01/24/2023

How can we achieve both environmental progress and economic development for more sustainable future in American agriculture? Join us on February 23rd at this year's Ag Outlook Forum for "Creating Climate Change Solutions." Andy Olsen, Senior Policy Advocate at Environmental Law & Policy Center will discuss putting sustainability principles into practice during this 3pm breakout session. Come in-person or join online: https://bit.ly/AgOut23

We're improving access to fruits and vegetables by expanding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known a...
01/24/2023

We're improving access to fruits and vegetables by expanding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP, healthy incentive initiatives. Learn more https://bit.ly/3XoIdUT

🚨 We've announced additional assistance for dairy farmers, including a second round of payments through the Pandemic Mar...
01/24/2023
USDA Announces Additional Assistance for Dairy Farmers

🚨 We've announced additional assistance for dairy farmers, including a second round of payments through the Pandemic Market Volatility Assistance Program and a new Organic Dairy Marketing Assistance Program to help us better support small- and medium-sized dairy operations who weathered the pandemic and now face other challenges ⬇️

WASHINGTON, January 23, 2023 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the details of additional assistance for dairy producers, including a second round of payments through the Pandemic Market Volatility Assistance Program (PMVAP) and a new Organic Dairy Marketing Assistance Pro...

Specialty Crop Block Grant ProgramWe announced Saturday the availability of $72.9M through the Specialty Crop Block Gran...
01/23/2023

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

We announced Saturday the availability of $72.9M through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) to fund innovative projects designed to support the expanding specialty crop sector and explore new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products.

AMS is accepting grant applications from state departments of agriculture or equivalent, in states, the District of Columbia and territories, until May 1, 2023.

AMS encourages applications for projects that serve smaller farms and ranches, new and beginning farmers and ranchers, underserved producers, veteran producers, and/or underserved communities.

Interested applicants should apply directly through their state departments of agriculture.

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On February 3, 2023, all non-Federal entities receiving USDA Rural Development (RD) federal financial assistance for inf...
01/23/2023

On February 3, 2023, all non-Federal entities receiving USDA Rural Development (RD) federal financial assistance for infrastructure projects must comply with the Build America, Buy America Act (BABAA). All RD program applicants, their design professionals, contractors, and product suppliers are invited to attend upcoming webinars discussing BABAA requirements.
Register for the next sessions to learn more!

Wednesday, January 25 at 11:00 a.m. ET: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_Pri-tMKiTi6NtOnQngks_Q

Friday, January 27 at 11:00 a.m. ET: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_3fAs_li9QC6VAXc-afm9ZQ

Friday, January 27 at 4:00 p.m. ET: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_zmyHYPcBSXaNhVOXTDamXA

STAKEHOLDER ANNOUNCEMENT: USDA Seeks Applications to Improve Rural Transportation Systems, Openingthe Door to Economic O...
01/23/2023

STAKEHOLDER ANNOUNCEMENT: USDA Seeks Applications to Improve Rural Transportation Systems, Opening
the Door to Economic Opportunities for People Living in Rural Communities:https://www.rd.usda.gov/media/file/download/usda-rd-sa-rbdg-transportation-nosa.pdf

Wishing those in the U.S. and around the world a healthy and prosperous new year!
01/22/2023

Wishing those in the U.S. and around the world a healthy and prosperous new year!

We’re excited to announce the members of the 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee! The Committee will examine the ...
01/20/2023
2025 Advisory Committee | Dietary Guidelines for Americans

We’re excited to announce the members of the 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee! The Committee will examine the relationship between diet and health across all life stages—and help inform guidance everyone can use to make healthy choices. Learn more at: https://www.dietaryguidelines.gov/2025-advisory-committee Guidelines

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Alaska Power & Telephone recieved two grants from Round 3 of Rural Development's ReConnect Program. This funding will pr...
01/19/2023
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Alaska Power & Telephone recieved two grants from Round 3 of Rural Development's ReConnect Program. This funding will provide connectivity to an additional three communities on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska. Bringing people together through high-speed Internet, no matter where they are, is what the ReConnect Program is all about!

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With support from USDA-NIFA, is partnering with Texas A&M University, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State University and South...
01/19/2023
Developing Future Leaders in Food, Climate and Sustainable Agriculture

With support from USDA-NIFA, is partnering with Texas A&M University, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State University and South Dakota State University to host a nationwide network of 14 institutions geared to prepare students with systems thinking and career readiness — vital for work in food, agriculture, and natural and human sciences. More than 500 undergraduate students from across the country will participate.

Texas A&M honors students will participate in a field experience, design challenge or hackathon to address global agriculture priorities.

Vital ecosystem is living under our feet. Below the world we see every day is a complex living network, made up of plant...
01/18/2023
Fungi Could Be the Future of Healthier Plants

Vital ecosystem is living under our feet. Below the world we see every day is a complex living network, made up of plant roots, nutrients and fungi. NC State University is researching how certain fungi can strengthen this hidden environment and, in turn, sustain the plants we use up above.

Researchers at NC State are studying how mycorrhizal fungi can enhance plant health and could lessen our reliance on non-renewable fertilizers.

DYK lima beans are low in fat and high in fiber, protein, iron and other nutrients? Lima bean plants are also more heat-...
01/17/2023
More lima beans, please | UDaily

DYK lima beans are low in fat and high in fiber, protein, iron and other nutrients? Lima bean plants are also more heat-tolerant than their fellow legumes. Through USDA-NIFA's Specialty Crops Research Initiative, UD Cooperative Extension is a part of a four-year study aimed to boost lima bean production and demand.

UD Cooperative Extension part of $3.3 million grant that aims to boost lima bean production and demand

USDA Rural Development’s Value-Added Producer Grant helped Wright’s Dairy Farm expand their innovative business ideas. F...
01/16/2023

USDA Rural Development’s Value-Added Producer Grant helped Wright’s Dairy Farm expand their innovative business ideas. For over 100 years the farm has provided its community in North Smithfield, Rhode Island, with cakes, custards, and wedding cakes. But in 2020, they decided to launch a subscription service, allowing customers to try a new flavor of ice cream every week for 13 weeks. With the help of USDA Rural Development, the business grew its subscribers from 500 to 5,000 members. https://www.rd.usda.gov/newsroom/success-stories/cow-cone-wrights-dairy-farm-sees-delicious-success

As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, we reflect on our commitment and shared history toward advancing c...
01/16/2023

As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, we reflect on our commitment and shared history toward advancing civil rights for all Americans. Let's honor Dr. King through service as we challenge you to volunteer, serve and lead today and every day!

Katie Kramer at Hurdwell knows firsthand how state and federal investment in small livestock processing businesses can p...
01/13/2023

Katie Kramer at Hurdwell knows firsthand how state and federal investment in small livestock processing businesses can positively impact our local and regional economies. Join us in-person or online for this year's Ag Outlook Forum to learn from Katie's experience leveraging state and federal grant and lending programs. Registration is now open: https://bit.ly/AgOut23

Have you heard about the National Appeals Division (NAD)?  Has FSA, NRCS, RD, or RMA denied your application, terminated...
01/13/2023

Have you heard about the National Appeals Division (NAD)? Has FSA, NRCS, RD, or RMA denied your application, terminated your contract or benefits, or determined you were ineligible for a USDA Program? If so, you may have a right to a NAD appeal. In a NAD appeal, an Administrative Judge, who does not work for or report to FSA, NRCS, RD or RMA, will hear and review your case to determine whether the Agency's adverse decision was wrong. No attorney is required, but there are deadlines for requesting an appeal. For more information and to request an appeal, visit www.nad.usda.gov.

Today, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and Marc H. Morial, President of The National Urban League, signed a Memorandum of Und...
01/11/2023
USDA and National Urban League Partner To Promote Equity, Increase Nutrition Security and Expand Services In Underserved Communities Across America

Today, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and Marc H. Morial, President of The National Urban League, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote equity, increase nutrition security and expand services in underserved communities across America

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2023 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and Marc H. Morial, President of the National Urban League, announce a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to reaffirm and strengthen the relationship between USDA and the historic civil rights organizatio...

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