News Section:  Department of Agriculture (USDA)

U.S. Forest Service Releases Findings on the Effects of Drought for Forests and Rangelands

January 31, 2016

Release No. 0029.16Contact:Office of Communications (202)720-4623 Printable version Email this page   New Resource to Aid Land Managers in Adapting to Climate Change WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2016 — The U.S. Forest Service today released a new report, Effects of Drought on Forests and Rangelands in the United States: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis, that provides a national assessment of peer-reviewed scientific research on the impacts of drought on U.S. forests and …click to read more…

USDA Seeks Proposals for Market-Based Wetland Protection Systems

January 27, 2016

Release No. 0028.16Contact:Office of Communications (202) 720-4623 Printable version Email this page   USDA to Provide $9 Million, Leveraging Further Public and Private Resources to Create New Mitigation Opportunities for Farmers and Ranchers WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the establishment of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Wetland Mitigation Banking Program, made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill. Through the program, NRCS will provide …click to read more…

USDA Seeks Fellowship Applications for Future Agricultural Scientists, Science Educators

January 26, 2016

Release No. 0027.16Contact:Office of Communications (202) 720-4623press@oc.usda.gov Printable version Email this page   Nearly $19 Million Available to Students and Educators for Fellowships to Address Challenges in Nutrition, Food Security, Climate Change, and Other Agricultural Areas WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of $18.9 million in competitive grants to support fellowships and other higher education training projects in food, nutrition, natural resources and …click to read more…

USDA Renews Agricultural Air Quality Task Force, Appoints Members

January 26, 2016

Release No. 0026.16Contact:Office of Communications (202)720-4623 Printable version Email this page   WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the renewal of the USDA Agricultural Air Quality Task Force and the selection of its members for the 2016-2018 term. The task force is composed of representatives from agriculture, industry, academia, government agencies, non-governmental organizations and other agricultural and environmental experts. “The Agricultural Air Quality …click to read more…

Open Data from USDA, Microsoft Cloud Technology Become Tools to Strengthen Food Supply Through "Innovation Challenge" Winners

January 26, 2016

Release No. 0025.16Contact:Office of Communications (202) 720-4623press@oc.usda.gov Printable version Email this page   Open Data from USDA, Microsoft Cloud Technology Become Tools to Strengthen Food Supply Through “Innovation Challenge” Winners WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Microsoft officials today announced the winners of the USDA-Microsoft Innovation Challenge, in which contestants used USDA agriculture production open data to develop online tools that can help make the American …click to read more…

Obama Administration to Partner with 27 Communities to Boost Neighborhood Revitalization through Local Food Enterprises

January 24, 2016

Release No. 0024.16Contact:Office of Communications (202)720-4623 Printable version Email this page   Local Foods, Local Places Empowers Creative Economic Development in Rural and Urban Communities in 22 states WASHINGTON, January 25, 2016 – Today, on behalf of the White House Rural Council, six federal agencies joined together to announce the selection of 27 communities in 22 states that will participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative that helps …click to read more…

Progress Report: USDA Investments Make Big Impact for Rural America in 2015

January 20, 2016

Release No. 0021.16Contact:Weldon Freeman (202) 690-1384 Printable version Email this page   WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released a report detailing the tangible results across rural America that stemmed from investments by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development team in local businesses, community infrastructure, housing and more in 2015. “Over the past seven years, USDA has made record investments in rural America, including …click to read more…

Statement from Agriculture Deputy Secretary Harden on Plans to Depart USDA

January 20, 2016

Release No. 0022.16Contact:Office of Communications (202)720-4623 Printable version Email this page   WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2016 – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today made the following statement on her plans to depart the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) at the end of February 2016: “Today is bittersweet for me as I announce my decision to step down as Deputy Secretary at the end of February. I am proud of what …click to read more…

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announces Expansion of USDA’s StrikeForce Initiative in Ohio

January 14, 2016

Release No. 0013.16Contact:Office of Communications (202)720-4623 Printable version Email this page   Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announces Expansion of USDA’s StrikeForce Initiative in Ohio State will receive enhanced assistance for Rural Opportunity COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 15, 2016 – Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the expansion of USDA’s StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity Initiative to 11 counties in Ohio. StrikeForce is a collaborative effort to bring targeted assistance to areas …click to read more…

USDA’s StrikeForce Initiative Invests $23.5 Billion in Rural Communities, Expands to Four New States

January 14, 2016

Release No. 0012.16Contact:Office of Communications (202)720-4623 Printable version Email this page   USDA’s StrikeForce Initiative Invests $23.5 Billion in Rural Communities, Expands to Four New States Florida, Missouri, Montana and Ohio to Receive Enhanced Assistance for Persistent Poverty Areas COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 15, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the expansion of the Department’s StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity Initiative into high-poverty counties in Florida, Missouri, Montana, …click to read more…