USDA Bolsters School Meal Program with $1.5 Billion

Hopes to strengthen local food supply chains. U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last month that $1.5 billion would be given to school lunch programs to…

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White House Faults Meat Industry Over Inflation

Say rising prices is the result of industrial greed. Since October 2020, the prices of meat, poultry, and fish have all risen almost 12 percent, according to the…

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USDA Accepting Applications for Rural High-Speed Internet

Department will issue up to $1.15 billion in loans and grants. Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the acceptance of applications for up to $1.15…

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Federal Departments Focus on Protecting Waters

The effort will research the effects of mining operations on the most-visited wilderness area. On Wednesday, President Biden’s administration announced that the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture…

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USDA Commits $25 Million to Farmers and Ranchers

A trio of programs will provide grants to underserved communities. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last week a trio of awards totaling $25 million intended to ensure…

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Senate Confirms Rural Development Under Secretary

USDA secretary welcomes former U.S. representative to the department. The U.S. Senate confirmed Xochitl Torres Small as the Under Secretary of Rural Development in the U.S. Department of…

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Federal Departments Address Supply Chain Issues

Several investments made across the country by Commerce, Agriculture, and Transportation Departments. The Department of Commerce announced on Friday the multi-departmental effort to address the bottlenecked supply chain…

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USDA Releases Agricultural Export Forecast

Trade increased by 24 percent in 2021.  The Department of Agriculture released its quarterly forecast on the status of American agricultural trade last week. The report found that…

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USDA Improves Dairy Market Safety Net

Includes permanent changes to Pandemic Market Volatility Assistance Program The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday that they will provide around $350 million in pandemic assistance payments through…

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SNAP Benefits Will Increase Over 25% In October

The average benefit is to go from $121 to $157 per month. President Biden’s administration announced on Monday that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit, formerly the…

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