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 Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Departure of Director of Communications Matt Paul
WASHINGTON, March 5, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Vilsack today made the following statement on the departure of Director of Communications Matt Paul:
 Good News for Parents: New Study Shows Kids Eating More Healthy Food at School, Throwing Less Food Away
WASHINGTON, March 4, 2015 – A new study from the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut shows that children are eating healthier food at school and discarding less food since updated healthy school meal standards took effect in 2012.
 Agriculture Under Secretary Scuse Leads USDA Trade Mission to Southeast Asia March 9-13
WASHINGTON, March 4, 2015 – Leaders from six state agriculture departments and 21 U.S. agribusinesses and organizations will accompany U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary Michael Scuse on a trade mission to Southeast Asia from March 9 to March 13 to expand export opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products in one of the world’s fastest-growing markets.
 USDA Launches Initiative to Develop New Solutions to End Child Hunger
WASHINGTON, March 2, 2015 – In a speech at the 2015 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference today about the extent of childhood hunger in America and the impact of USDA programs on reducing food insecurity, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced more than $27 million in grants to fund innovative projects designed help end childhood hunger. The announcement was part of USDA efforts during National Nutrition Month to focus on poverty and food insecurity among children, especially in rural areas. These projects will be tested in Kentucky, Nevada, and Virginia, as well as the Chickasaw and Navajo tribal nations.
 Forest Service ‘Champion’ Recognized for Corps Program Leadership
WASHINGTON, March 2, 2015 – The Partnership for the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps recently recognized a Forest Service employee as a 2015 “21CSC Champion of the Year” for her outstanding contributions in connecting people to the land.
 USDA Provides One-Time Extension of Deadline to Update Base Acres or Yield History for ARC/PLC Programs
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2015 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that a one-time extension will be provided to producers for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres has been extended one additional month, from Feb. 27, 2015 until March 31, 2015. The final day for farm owners and producers to choose ARC or PLC coverage also remains March 31, 2015.
 Bipartisan Group of Former Agriculture Secretaries Urges Congress to Pass Trade Promotion Authority
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2015 – A bipartisan group of former U.S. Agriculture Secretaries, representing all past Administrations from those of President Jimmy Carter to President George W. Bush, today issued the following open letter urging Congress to pass Trade Promotion Authority. The former secretaries note that boosting trade and exports is highly beneficial to America's agriculture economy and that Trade Promotion Authority—which has been given to all previous presidents since Gerald Ford (with similar authority granted to all presidents since Franklin Delano Roosevelt)—is critical for successfully negotiating new trade partnerships that boost exports and create jobs.
 USDA Releases Data Showing How Trans Pacific Partnership Benefits All 50 States
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 - In conjunction with a series of Made in Rural America Executive Actions announced today by President Obama and the White House, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released data today showing the opportunities for agriculture of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) to help boost agricultural exports across the 50 United States.
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