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USDA Cuts Red Tape to Increase Private Investment in Rural America

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Department Invites Comment on Regulation Streamlining Through OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative WASHINGTON, July 13, 2020 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking steps to increase private investment in rural communities across the country by making it easier for lenders to access four flagship…

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USDA Announces New Members of the Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers

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(Washington, D.C., July 13, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of 15 members to serve on the Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers. The newly appointed members serve terms of up to two years through 2022. “USDA is excited to announce new members of the Minority Farmer Advisory Committee,” said…

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USDA Announces Community Prosperity Funding Opportunity

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WASHINGTON, July 10, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced approximately $4 million in available funding to develop partnerships to leverage USDA and local, state, and private sector resources to address challenges for limited resource, socially disadvantaged, and veteran farmers and ranchers, and communities. The program is administered by the USDA Office…

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Leadership Transition Announced for National Institute of Food and Agriculture

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(Washington, D.C., July 10, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that Dr. Parag Chitnis will serve as Acting Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) upon the departure of Dr. Scott Angle. “Dr. Chitnis brings more than 31 years of scientific research and experience to the Director’s office.…

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USDA Approves Program to Feed Kids in Nevada

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(Washington, D.C., July 10, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced Nevada has been approved to operate Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT), a new program authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), signed by President Trump, which provides assistance to families of children eligible for free or reduced-price meals dealing…

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USDA Approves Program to Feed Kids in Utah

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Washington, D.C., July 9, 2020 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced Utah has been approved to operate Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT), a new program authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), signed by President Trump, which provides assistance to families of children eligible for free or reduced-price meals dealing with…

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Additional Commodities Eligible for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

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Washington, D.C., July 9, 2020 – Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced an initial list of additional commodities that have been added to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), and that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) made other adjustments to the program based on comments received from agricultural producers and organizations and review…

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USDA and Arizona Sign Shared Stewardship Memorandum of Understanding to Reduce Wildfire Risk and Increase Forest Health

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Phoenix, July 7, 2020 – Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey agreed to a collaborative new framework to increase coordination and cooperation for work addressing forest health risks and wildfire across the state. Arizona’s Shared Stewardship Memorandum of Understanding would help accelerate the pace and scale of projects like…

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USDA Continues to Deliver Innovative Solutions to its Customers

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Washington, D.C., June 29, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released its annual Technology Transfer Report (PDF, 4.1 MB), which highlights agricultural innovations from scientists and researchers that are solving problems for America’s farmers, ranchers, foresters, and consumers; and creating opportunities for American businesses to thrive. USDA’s total number of income-bearing licenses…

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