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  • USDA Shares Easy At-Home Advice for Handling Food Safely this Thanksgiving

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    USDA Shares Easy At-Home Advice for Handling Food Safely this Thanksgiving

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Shares Easy At-Home Advice for Handling Food Safely this Thanksgiving | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture press release: November 23, 2020) (Washington, D.C., November 23, 2020) – This week, Americans will enjoy a delicious meal on Thanksgiving Day with family and friends – either in person or virtually. Taking the necessary steps toward safe food handling and sanitation will help protect you and your loved ones this year. To make sure your Thanksgiving meal is prepared safely, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering food safety advice to reduce foodborne illness, including on Thanksgiving Day. “Our data shows that consumers can reduce their likelihood of foodborne illness by focusing on good hand hygiene and other food safety practices,” said Dr. Mindy Brashears, USDA’s Under Secretary for Food Safety. “As home chefs nationwide prepare their Thanksgiving meals, proper handwashi...
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  • Department of Agriculture says USDA Forest Service Announces Key Changes to NEPA Procedures

    U.S. Department of Agriculture: USDA Forest Service Announces Key Changes to NEPA Procedures | site |


    (November 18, 2020) - - On November 18, 2020 the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the following information: WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2020 – The USDA Forest Service today announced the publication of a final rule implementing key changes to its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations. The changes include new tools and flexibilities to tackle critical land management challenges as part of a broader agency effort to better serve the American people through timely, high-quality management decisions affecting infrastructure, permitting and restoration of natural resources on their national forests and grasslands. “These changes will ensure we do the appropriate level of environmental analysis to fit the work, locations and conditions,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “The new categorical exclusions will ultimately improve...
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  • USDA Announces Scholars Programs for Students at Historically Black and Tribal Land-Grant Colleges and Universities

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Scholars Programs for Students at Historically Black and Tribal Land-Grant Colleges and Universities | site |


    (November 12, 2020) - - On November 12, 2020 the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information:

    (Washington, D.C., November 12, 2020) – Twenty-first century agriculture involves cutting-edge science, technology, business management – and you. Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces scholarships to help you build a career path in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, and many more agriculture-related subjects.

    The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program was established in 1992 in partnership between USDA and 19 historically black universities that were established under the Second Morrill Act of 1890. The program provides full tuition, fees, books, room and board, and a summer internship to students pursuing degrees in agriculture, food, natural resource
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  • USDA and EPA Welcome Two New Members as U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions

    USDA, EPA Welcome Two New Members as U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions | site |



    Meijer, UNFI commit to reduce food loss and waste in their operations


    (November 12, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Agriculture published (today) the following information:

    (WASHINGTON, D.C., November 12, 2020) — Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the addition of Meijer, an American supercenter chain throughout the Midwest, and UNFI, a North America Food wholesaler, to the U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions. Champions are U.S. businesses and organizations that pledge to reduce food loss and waste in their own operations by 50 percent by the year 2030. The commitment and action of these businesses will help the U.S. move closer to the national goal, protect and save valuable resources, and improve food system efficiencies
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  • USDA Exempts Tongass National Forest from the 2001 Roadless Rule

    USDA Exempts Tongass National Forest from the 2001 Roadless Rule

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Exempts Tongass National Forest from the 2001 Roadless Rule | site |



    (October 28, 2020) - - Today, October 28, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information: WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a final Alaska Roadless Rule that exempts the Tongass National Forest from the 2001 provision that prohibited road construction, road reconstruction and timber harvests. The Record of Decision identifies the selected alternative, provides the rationale for the decision, and explains that the exemption does not authorize any specific projects in Alaska. Proposed projects must continue to comply with the 2016 Tongass Land Management Plan and be analyzed under the National Environmental Policy Act. The official notice is scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on Oct. 29, 2020. A copy of the final Alaska Roadless Rule and the Record of Decision als...
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  • USDA says More than 7 Billion Dollars Paid in Second Round of USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

    U.S. Department of Agriculture says More than $7 Billion Paid in Second Round of USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program | site |


    (October 26, 2020) - - Today, October 26, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the following information: (Washington, D.C., Oct. 26, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that in the first month of the application period, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) approved more than $7 billion in payments to producers in the second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. CFAP 2 provides agricultural producers with financial assistance to help absorb some of the increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. “America’s agriculture communities are resilient, but still face many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These payments directed by President Trump will continue to help this critical industry recoup some of their losses from ongoing market disrupti...
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  • USDA Announces Fourth Round of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program

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    USDA Announces Fourth Round of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Fourth Round of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program | site |



    (October 23, 2020) - - Today, October 23, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information:

    (Washington, D.C., Oct. 23, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced it has authorized $500 million for a fourth round of purchases for the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program. USDA is issuing solicitations for the fourth round to existing Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA) holders and expects to award contracts by Oct. 30 for deliveries of food boxes from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, 2020. In the fourth round, as in the third round, states have been allocated boxes based on the internal need of the state. The program will continue the purchase of combination boxes to include fresh produce, dairy products, fluid milk and meat products. The program also will continue to require that proposals illustrate
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  • USDA says United Nations Declares 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health

    USDA says United Nations Declares 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health | site |



    USDA Kicks Off Awareness Efforts in the United States


    (January 27, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the following information: WASHINGTON, D.C., January 27, 2020 – Plants make the oxygen we breathe and give us 80 percent of the food we eat. But plants are under attack by invasive pests. These pests destroy up to 40 percent of the world’s food crops and cause $220 billion in trade losses each year according to the United Nations (U.N.). That leaves millions of people worldwide without enough food to eat and seriously damages agriculture—the primary source of income for rural communities. To bring worldwide attention to this challenge, the U.N. has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health. They are calling on people, organizations, industries, scientists, and governments to work together to pro...
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  • USDA, FDA, EPA Launch Website for Biotechnology Regulation

    USDA, FDA, EPA Launch Website for Biotechnology Regulation

    U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Launch Website for Biotechnology Regulation| site |



    (January 9, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Agriculture published (today, January 9, 2020) the following information:

    (Washington, D.C., January 9, 2020) – Today, in recognition of January 2020 as National Biotechnology Month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched a Unified Website for Biotechnology Regulation. The Website streamlines information about the three regulatory agencies charged with overseeing agriculture biotechnology products and is part of President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order on Modernizing the Regulatory Framework for Agricultural Biotechnology Products. “Agricultural biotechnology has been and will continue to be an essential tool in helping America’s farmers and...
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  • U.S. Agriculture Secretary Perdue Applauds USDA’s 2019 Accomplishments

    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Perdue Applauds USDA’s 2019 Accomplishments

    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Perdue Applauds USDA’s 2019 Accomplishments| site |



    (December 19, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information: (Washington, D.C., December 19, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded the accomplishments made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) over the past year. USDA has continued enacting President Trump’s goals of regulatory reform, streamlining government, and refocusing USDA to be customer oriented. “At USDA it is our honor to work on behalf of America’s farmers, ranchers, foresters, and producers. This was a tough year with historic weather damage and unjustified trade retaliation. Our goal was to ‘Do Right and Feed Everyone’ by implementing much needed farm bill programs, enacting President Trump’s Support Package for Farmers, and continuing to feed and clothe this nation and the world,” said Secretary Perdue. “As we look to 2020, ...
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  • U.S. Department of Agriculture says With Record Low Unemployment, USDA Finalizes Rule to Promote Work

    U.S. Department of Agriculture says With Record Low Unemployment, USDA Finalizes Rule to Promote Work | site |



    (December 6, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information: (Washington, D.C., December 6, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue released the following statement regarding the latest jobs report released today by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The jobs report shows the economy added 266,000 new jobs in November with an unemployment rate of 3.5%, which remains at a record 50 year low. Earlier this week, at the direction of President Donald J. Trump, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a rule to help move more able-bodied recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) towards self-sufficiency and into employment. The rule restores the system to what Congress intended: assistance through difficult times, not a way of life. “Today’s jobs report is further
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  • U.S. Department of Agriculture says USDA Restores Original Intent of SNAP - - - A Second Chance, Not A Way of Life

    U.S. Department of Agriculture says USDA Restores Original Intent of SNAP: A Second Chance, Not A Way of Life | site |




    With record low unemployment, USDA finalizes rule to promote work


    (December 4, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the following information: (Washington, D.C., December 4, 2019) – At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a final rule to move more able-bodied recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) towards self-sufficiency and into employment. The rule restores the system to what Congress intended: assistance through difficult times, not a way of life. “Americans are generous people who believe it is their responsibility to help their fellow citizens when they encounter a difficult stretch. Government can be a powerful force for good, but government dependency has never been the American
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  • USDA Invests in Drinking Water Quality and Wastewater Management for 784,000 Rural Residents and Businesses in 42 States

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Invests in Drinking Water Quality and Wastewater Management for 784,000 Rural Residents and Businesses in 42 States| site |


    Projects will Improve Water Pressure, Address Public Health and Environmental Issues

    (November 19, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that the department is investing $635 million in 122 projects to improve water systems and wastewater handling services in rural communities in 42 states. USDA is funding the projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. “These investments will bring reliable infrastructure to rural communities. They will replace old, fragile, leaking water pipes with new ones and allow upgrades to water handling systems that are decades old, boosting wa
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  • Statement from USDA Secretary Perdue and FDA Commissioner Gottlieb on the Regulation of Cell-cultured Food Products from Cell Lines of Livestock and Poultry

    Statement from USDA Secretary Perdue and FDA Commissioner Gottlieb on the Regulation of Cell-cultured Food Products from Cell Lines of Livestock and Poultry



    (November 16, 2018) - - Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the following "Statement from USDA Secretary Perdue and FDA Commissioner Gottlieb on the regulation of cell-cultured food products from cell lines of livestock and poultry": Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration held a public meeting to discuss the use of livestock and poultry cell lines to develop cell-cultured food products. At this meeting, stakeholders shared valuable perspectives on the regulation needed to both foster these innovative food products and maintain the highest standards of public health. The public comment period will be extended and will remain open through December 26, 2018. Afte...
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  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Names Members to the National Watermelon Promotion Board

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Names Members to the National Watermelon Promotion Board


    Washington, DC - - (November 14, 2018) - - Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of sixteen members to serve on the National Watermelon Promotion Board. The appointees will serve three-year terms from Jan. 1, 2019, to Dec. 31, 2021.

    Members appointed are:
    • Mr. Dalton Willis Borders, Edinburg, Texas
    • Mr. Cody Buckley, San Antonio, Texas
    • Ms. Jordan Carter, Cordele, Ga.
    • Mr. Richard Chastain, Alva, Fla.
    • Mr. John Gee, Temecula, Calif.
    • Mr. Jose F. Gomez Ph.D., El Paso, Texas
    • Mr. W. Rodney Jackson, Autryville, N.C.
    • Mr. Michael J. Marks, Capron, Va.
    • Mr. Rod Rosales, Kingsburg, Calif.
    • Mr. James Sharp, Sims, N.C.
    • Mr. Matt Solana, Louisburg, N.C.
    • Mr. Carlos Vickers, Nashville, Ga.
    • Mr. Darren K. Wiggins, Center, Texas
    Members re-appointed include:
    • Mr. Luke
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    USDA Shares Easy At-Home Advice for Handling Food Safely this Thanksgiving
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Shares Easy At-Home Advice for Handling Food Safely this Thanksgiving | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture press release: November 23, 2020) (Washington, D.C., November 23, 2020) – This week, Americans will enjoy a delicious meal on Thanksgiving Day with family and friends – either in person or virtually. Taking the necessary steps toward safe food handling and sanitation will help protect you and your loved ones this year. To make sure your Thanksgiving meal is prepared safely, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering food safety advice to reduce foodborne illness, including on Thanksgiving Day. “Our data shows that consumers can reduce their likelihood of foodborne illness by focusing on good hand hygiene and other food safety practices,” said Dr. Mindy Brashears, USDA’s Under Secretary for Food Safety. “As home chefs nationwide prepare their Thanksgiving meals, proper handwashi...
    11-24-2020, 12:26 AM
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    Department of Agriculture says USDA Forest Service Announces Key Changes to NEPA Procedures
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture: USDA Forest Service Announces Key Changes to NEPA Procedures | site |


    (November 18, 2020) - - On November 18, 2020 the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the following information: WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2020 – The USDA Forest Service today announced the publication of a final rule implementing key changes to its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations. The changes include new tools and flexibilities to tackle critical land management challenges as part of a broader agency effort to better serve the American people through timely, high-quality management decisions affecting infrastructure, permitting and restoration of natural resources on their national forests and grasslands. “These changes will ensure we do the appropriate level of environmental analysis to fit the work, locations and conditions,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “The new categorical exclusions will ultimately improve...
    11-19-2020, 06:50 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    USDA Announces Scholars Programs for Students at Historically Black and Tribal Land-Grant Colleges and Universities
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Scholars Programs for Students at Historically Black and Tribal Land-Grant Colleges and Universities | site |


    (November 12, 2020) - - On November 12, 2020 the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information:

    (Washington, D.C., November 12, 2020) – Twenty-first century agriculture involves cutting-edge science, technology, business management – and you. Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces scholarships to help you build a career path in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, and many more agriculture-related subjects.

    The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program was established in 1992 in partnership between USDA and 19 historically black universities that were established under the Second Morrill Act of 1890. The program provides full tuition, fees, books, room and board, and a summer internship to students pursuing degrees in agriculture, food, natural resource
    ...
    11-13-2020, 10:54 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    USDA and EPA Welcome Two New Members as U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions
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    USDA, EPA Welcome Two New Members as U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions | site |



    Meijer, UNFI commit to reduce food loss and waste in their operations


    (November 12, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Agriculture published (today) the following information:

    (WASHINGTON, D.C., November 12, 2020) — Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the addition of Meijer, an American supercenter chain throughout the Midwest, and UNFI, a North America Food wholesaler, to the U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions. Champions are U.S. businesses and organizations that pledge to reduce food loss and waste in their own operations by 50 percent by the year 2030. The commitment and action of these businesses will help the U.S. move closer to the national goal, protect and save valuable resources, and improve food system efficiencies
    ...
    11-12-2020, 06:44 PM
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    USDA Exempts Tongass National Forest from the 2001 Roadless Rule
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Exempts Tongass National Forest from the 2001 Roadless Rule | site |



    (October 28, 2020) - - Today, October 28, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information: WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a final Alaska Roadless Rule that exempts the Tongass National Forest from the 2001 provision that prohibited road construction, road reconstruction and timber harvests. The Record of Decision identifies the selected alternative, provides the rationale for the decision, and explains that the exemption does not authorize any specific projects in Alaska. Proposed projects must continue to comply with the 2016 Tongass Land Management Plan and be analyzed under the National Environmental Policy Act. The official notice is scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on Oct. 29, 2020. A copy of the final Alaska Roadless Rule and the Record of Decision als...
    10-31-2020, 03:11 AM

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