USDA Announces Grants for Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making available up to $7.5 million for grants through its Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (OUAIP). The competitive grants will support the development of urban agriculture and innovative production projects through two categories, Planning Projects and Implementation Projects. USDA will accept applications on Grants.gov until 11:59 …

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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on Departure of Deputy Secretary Jewel Bronaugh

“Today Deputy Secretary Dr. Jewel Bronaugh announced that she is leaving the Department of Agriculture in the weeks ahead to spend more time with her family. Her service, presence and leadership will be sorely missed. She has been an incredible partner over the last two years, and she has been instrumental in helping the department seize …

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Farm and Ranch News for January 11, 2023 with KC Sheperd on ROAN

2022 Census of Agriculture out This week

KC Sheperd, Farm Director, caught up with the director of NASS’s National Operations Division in St. Louis, Joe Prusacki, and talked about why it is important for ag producers to take time to complete the 2022 Census of Agriculture. The 2022 Census of Agriculture will be mailed in phases, starting with an invitation to respond …

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Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections Open This Week

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) began mailing ballots this week for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) county and urban county committee elections to all eligible agricultural producers and private landowners across the country. Elections are occurring in certain Local Administrative Areas (LAA) for these committee members who make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally.  Producers and landowners must …

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USDA Previews Crop and Revenue Loss Assistance for Agricultural Producers 

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced plans for additional emergency relief and pandemic assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). USDA is preparing to roll out the Emergency Relief Program (ERP) Phase Two as well as the new Pandemic Assistance Revenue Program (PARP), which are two programs to help offset crop and revenue losses for producers.  USDA …

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USDA Requests Public Input on Implementation of Inflation Reduction Act Funding 

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will use the investments provided through IRA-funded conservation programs to support farmers and ranchers in adopting and expanding climate-smart activities and systems. NRCS asks for comments on how to target program benefits, quantify impact, and improve program delivery and outreach, especially for underserved producers. Comments are due Dec. 21, …

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