USDA

Michigan State potato breeding program gets boost from USDA

Michigan State University received $700,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to invest in its p... READ MORE »

USDA backs automation in specialty crop growing, processing industries

At $64.7 billion, specialty crops comprised one-third of U.S. crop receipts and one-sixth of receipts for all agricultural products in 2017. Many s... READ MORE »

USDA to invest $56 million in agriculture water initiatives

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest $56 million this year to help agricultural producers improve water quality in more than 300 high... READ MORE »

Market news reporting accuracy aided by USDA move to new data source

On Jan. 1, 2020, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) transitioned to a different system to more accurately capt... READ MORE »

USDA highlights 2019 efforts to assist farmers

USDA farm programs helped producers weather a tough 2019, marked with prevented planting, delayed harvests, and unjustified foreign retaliatory tariff... READ MORE »

2017 Census of Agriculture data for specialty crops now online

The specialty crops data shows selected 2017 Census of Agriculture statistics about specialty crops defined as “fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dr... READ MORE »

USDA posts organic transition funding opportunity

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has posted a funding opportunity through its organic transitions program. “It is expec... READ MORE »

USDA to extend farm loan interest accrual in wake of weather hardships

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced Nov. 14 it will continue to defer accrual of interest for 2019 cr... READ MORE »

USDA, EPA, FDA announce partnership with Food Waste Reduction Alliance

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced O... READ MORE »

Farm Service Agency election ballots to be mailed soon

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin mailing ballots on Nov. 4 to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country for the Farm Servic... READ MORE »


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