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USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue Issues Proclamation Honoring Longtime Broadcaster Orion Samuelson

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and legendary farm broadcaster Orion Samuelson at the 2017 FFA National Conference. Photo credit: USDA (Washington, D.C., December 31, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recognizes the achievements of longtime broadcaster Orion “Big O” Samuelson for six decades of contributions to agriculture journalism. “There’s a saying that…

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USDA Approves Maine to Accept SNAP Benefits Online

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(Washington, D.C., December 31, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced approval of a request from Maine to provide online purchasing of food to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households. This approval will allow Maine to expedite the implementation of online purchasing with currently authorized SNAP online retailers with a target start…

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Make Every Bite Count: USDA, HHS Release Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025

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(Washington, D.C., December 29, 2020) – Nutrition in America took a major step forward today with the publication of Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025. Jointly published by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) every five years, the guidelines provide science-based recommendations designed to foster healthy dietary patterns for Americans…

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USDA Clears Santa’s Reindeer for Entry into the United States

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 (Washington, D.C., December 23, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today issued a movement permit to Mr. S. Nicholas Claus of the North Pole, a broker with Worldwide Gifts, Unlimited. The permit will allow reindeer to enter and exit the United States between the hours of 7…

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USDA Announces Dr. Carrie Castille as New NIFA Director

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(Washington, D.C., December 22, 2020) – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that President Trump has named Dr. Carrie Castille as the new, permanent director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Dr. Castille will start her new role on Monday, January 4, 2021.  “Dr. Castille is a trusted leader in economic development and…

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Secretary Perdue Announces Groundbreaking Proposal to Transfer Agricultural Animal Biotechnology Regulatory Framework to USDA

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(Washington, D.C., December 21, 2020) – Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a significant step in modernizing regulations of agricultural animals modified or produced by genetic engineering. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be moving forward with an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to solicit public input and feedback on a…

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Will Virus Cap Q4 Growth?

About the Presenter Bluford “Blu” Putnam has served as Managing Director and Chief Economist of CME Group since May 2011. With more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry and concentrations in central banking, investment research, and portfolio management, Blu serves as CME Group’s spokesperson on global economic conditions. View more reports…

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Equities: Select-Sector Trends 2020

Unlike in 1999 and 2000, however, bonds don’t offer much of an attractive alternative.  Back then, yields were in the 5-7% range.  Today, even 30Y yields are still below 1.75%, and 10Y yields remain below 1%.  As such, given the low level of bond yields, one question arises: can equities sustain much higher valuation levels…

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USDA, NASA Sign Agreement to Improve Agricultural, Earth Science Research

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(Washington, D.C., December 17, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture and NASA have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at strengthening their longstanding partnership on space-based assets benefitting life on Earth. The agreement brings together NASA’s experience with technology development and space-borne Earth science measurements and USDA’s scientific experience and knowledge of agricultural production,…

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