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USDA Invests $55.2 million in Grants to Increase Capacity and Expand Access in Meat and Poultry Inspection Operations

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WASHINGTON, June 21, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced $55.2 million in competitive grant funding available through the new Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant (MPIRG) program. The new program is funded by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. “We are building capacity and increasing economic opportunity for small and midsized…

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Led by USDA, U.S. to Join Global School Meals Coalition

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WASHINGTON, June 21, 2021 – Led by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the United States is joining a global coalition focused on improving the nutrition, health, and education of vulnerable children and adolescents worldwide, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today. The coalition, called “School Meals: Nutrition, Health and Education for Every Child,” will officially launch…

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Statement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Intent to Nominate Representative Xochitl Torres Small to Serve as Under Secretary for Rural Development

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Release & Contact Info Statement Release No. 0138.21 Contact: USDA PressEmail: press@usda.gov WASHINGTON, June 18, 2021 – “Representative Xochitl Torres Small’s nomination to serve as Under Secretary for Rural Development reflects the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to advancing rural prosperity. Her nomination is responsive to rural stakeholders and Congress; both have emphasized the importance of having…

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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule

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Release & Contact Info Statement Release No. 0137.21 Contact: USDA PressEmail: press@usda.gov WASHINGTON, June 17, 2021 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released the following statement today in regard to the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule: “We intend to reconsider the prior Administration’s interpretation that the Organic Foods Production Act does not authorize…

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USDA Selects 2021 Class of E. Kika De La Garza Fellows

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WASHINGTON, June 17, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the selection of 25 faculty and staff from Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) across the nation as 2021 E. Kika De La Garza Fellows. This summer fellowship program offers experiences in policymaking and research through direct interaction with every USDA agency. “These fellowships have…

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FACT SHEET: Update on USDA Activities to Contain the COVID-19 Pandemic

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USDA Has Deployed 1,579 Disaster, Public Health Specialists to Assist with Federal Response WASHINGTON, June 16, 2021 — In January 2021, President Biden released the National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness. The plan is driven by science, data, and public health to improve the effectiveness of our nation’s fight against COVID-19 and…

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USDA Underscores Importance of Agricultural R&D at G20 Agricultural Chief Scientists Meeting

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WASHINGTON, June 16, 2021 – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture highlighted the importance of agricultural research and development (R&D) and the need for G20 agricultural science leaders to actively advocate for science-based decision making. Agricultural science leaders from around the world convened virtually this week during the Meeting of G20 Agricultural Chief Scientists (G20…

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USDA Publishes Federal Register Notice for Public Input on Racial Justice and Equity

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WASHINGTON, June 16, 2021 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today published a Federal Register Notice requesting public input on its efforts to advance racial justice and equity across the Department. The Notice represents an important step towards implementing President Biden’s Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the…

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