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USDA Announces Funding to Help Ag Producers Integrate Renewable Energy Tech into Operations

October 30, 2012 |

USDA National Program for Genetic Improvement of Feed Efficiency in Beef CattleNews Release – WASHINGTON – Oct. 19, 2012 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced funding for 244 projects nationwide that are focused on helping agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy consumption and costs, and use renewable energy technologies in their operations. Funding is made available through USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Read More

USDA Releases Results of 2011 Certified Organic Production Survey

October 8, 2012 |

News Release – WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-certified organic growers in the United States sold more than $3.5 billion organically grown agricultural commodities in 2011, according to the results of the 2011 Certified Organic Production Survey, released today by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). NASS conducted the survey for USDA’s Risk Management Agency to help refine federal crop insurance products for organic producers.  Read More

Secretary Vilsack Announces that America’s Farm Co-ops Posted Record Sales and Income in 2011

October 2, 2012 |

USDA National Program for Genetic Improvement of Feed Efficiency in Beef CattleWASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2012 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today that farmer, rancher and fishery cooperatives posted record sales and income in 2011, surpassing the previous record sales year of 2008 by $10 billion while besting the old income record by $500 million. Dallas Tonsager, under secretary for Rural Development, made the announcement on the Secretary’s behalf, kicking-off National Cooperative Month. Tonsager said co-op employment levels remained strong, with cooperatives employing 184,000 full-time, part-time and seasonal workers, up slightly from 2010. Read More

USDA Awards $9 Million in Grants to Orgs Working to Connect Farmers and Ranchers to Local Consumers

September 21, 2012 |

USDA National Program for Genetic Improvement of Feed Efficiency in Beef CattleCLEVELAND, Sept. 21, 2012 – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan today announced over $9 million in grants to organizations across 39 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to initiatives that bolster the connection between agricultural producers and their consumers while improving access to healthy food and strengthening local economies. Merrigan made the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) awards announcement while speaking at the Project for Public Spaces Annual Public Market Conference. Read More

USDA Report Outlines Characteristics and Influential Factors of Food Deserts

September 5, 2012 |

USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) previously identified approximately 6,500 food desert tracts in the United States based on 2000 Census and 2006 data on locations of supermarkets, super- centers, and large grocery stores. These food deserts are areas … Read More