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 USDA Offers Assistance to Carolina Farmers and Ranchers Affected by Floods
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses affected by the recent floods in North and South Carolina that USDA has programs to assist with their recovery efforts. State and county staff in USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Risk Management Agency (RMA) and Rural Development (RD) offices stand ready to help.
 Fact Sheet: USDA Releases New Data on Investments in Manufacturing, Jobs Supported by Manufacturing in Rural Communities
Those who call rural America home know that there’s more to the rural economy than just farms and ranches.
 USDA Deputy Secretary Harden Announces $17 Million to Support America’s Beginning Farmers and Ranchers
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced more than $17 million in grants for organizations that will develop training and provide other resources for beginning farmers and ranchers across the nation. The awards are made through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, which is administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
 Forest Service Chief Reviews Fire Season, Calls for Two-Part Solution to Fire Budget
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2015 – Today, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell reviewed the 2015 fire season and provided insight into longer term trends and challenges for the agency during testimony before the House Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee.
 New USDA Fact Sheets Illustrate State-by-State Benefits of Trans-Pacific Partnership
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2015 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a series of fact sheets illustrating how the newly reached Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement can boost the U.S. agriculture industry, supporting more American jobs and driving the nation’s rural economy. Created by the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), the fact sheets graphically depict how each state and individual commodities stand to benefit from increased agricultural trade with the 11 other TPP countries.
 USDA Announces $18.1 Million to Help Rural Businesses Create Jobs
WASHINGTON, July 29, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced loans and grants for 92 projects worth $18.1 to help support the start-up or expansion of rural small businesses. These funds are part of more than 20,000 grants and loans to more than 85,000 rural businesses USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service has awarded since the start of the Obama administration.
 USDA Announces Funding for Rural Broadband and Telecommunications Infrastructure
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $190.5 million in grants and loans to make broadband and other advanced communications infrastructure improvements in rural areas.
 USDA, Partners Usher in a New Era in Conservation
BAY CITY, Mich., May 27, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today joined Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow to launch a new era in American conservation efforts with an historic focus on public-private partnership.

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