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 U.S. Forest Service Expands Access to Youth Conservation Corps Program
WASHINGTON, April 20, 2015 – The U.S. Forest Service is announcing new Youth Conservation Corps job opportunities on national forests throughout the country. Young people from across the United States are encouraged to apply for these jobs at a local forest or with a partner organization.
 Largest Forest Service Restoration Initiative Reaches Milestone
WASHINGTON, April 20, 2015 – U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said today that the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI), the largest landscape-scale restoration initiative of its kind, has reached a pivotal milestone towards achieving accelerated forest restoration on more than 500,000 acres of the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests and grasslands in Arizona. Coconino National Forest Supervisor Earl Stewart and Kaibab National Forest Supervisor Mike Williams signed the final decision document for the project’s first Environmental Impact Statement on April 17th.
 With USDA Assistance, Private Landowners Play Pivotal Role Aiding Gulf Recovery
WASHINGTON, April 20, 2015 – In the five years since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, America’s farmers, ranchers and forest managers have partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to voluntarily help Gulf of Mexico ecosystems recover. Their proven conservation efforts on private lands have helped clean and conserve water, restore habitat and strengthen agricultural operations in the region.
 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Proclaims April 2015 National Garden Month
WASHINGTON, April 17, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared April National Garden Month. Throughout the month, USDA will celebrate the contributions of home, school and community gardens in providing healthy food for the table; pleasant surroundings and recreational benefits for people; and beneficial habitat for wildlife across the Nation.
 Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Introduction of Legislation to Support Trade Promotion Authority
WASHINGTON, April 16, 2015 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released the following statement:
 USDA Reminds Farmers to Certify Conservation Compliance by June 1 Deadline
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 16, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers that the 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) with their local USDA service center by June 1, 2015, in order to become or remain eligible for crop insurance premium support.
 USDA Announces Record Number of Organic Producers in U.S.
WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that the organic industry continues to show remarkable growth domestically and globally, with 19,474 certified organic operations in the United States and a total of 27,814 certified organic operations around the world.
 USDA Awards Grants to Help Rural Communities Create Jobs and Strengthen Economic Development Capacity
KINGSPORT, Tenn., April 15, 2015 – Agriculture Under Secretary Lisa Mensah today announced the selection of 31 community-based organizations in 17 states and the District of Columbia for grants to help small rural communities create jobs and boost economic development. The grants are being made available through USDA Rural Development’s Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program.

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