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 USDA Announces up to $31 Million to Empower People to Make Healthy Eating Choices
Richmond, VA, Sept. 29, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is making up to $31.5 million in funding available to help participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) more easily afford healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables.
 USDA Awards Over $52 Million in Grants to Grow Organic and Local Food Economies
DOSWELL, Va., Sept. 29, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the award of over $52 million in support of the growing organic industry and local and regional food systems through five U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant programs.
 USDA Implements New Farm Bill Provision for Peanut Producers
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a new peanut revenue policy that will be available for eligible peanut producers.
 USDA Invests $20 Million to Hire 11,000 Youth and Veterans on Forest Lands
WASHINGTON, September 26, 2014-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today that in fiscal year 2014, the U.S. Forest Service invested a total of $20 million in partnerships that supported work and training opportunities for 11,000 youth and veterans on national forests and grasslands. Service members worked on projects that addressed restoration, hazardous fuels, watershed protection, wilderness stewardship, recreation access, facilities management, trail maintenance, and other natural and cultural resource priorities.
 USDA Unveils Key New Programs to Help Farmers Manage Risk
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled highly anticipated new programs to help farmers better manage risk, ushering in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.
 U.S. Forest Service Encourages Participation in Public Lands Day
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014 — The U.S. Forest Service is offering a fee-free day on Sept. 27, 2014 in conjunction with the 21st annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the Nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands projects that ensure sustainable ecosystems and promote vibrant communities.
 Specialty Crop Committee to Host Public Meeting
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014 – The Specialty Crop Committee will meet on Oct. 1 and 2 in Washington, DC, to provide consultation to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) on the relevancy review process for the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI).
 Secretary Kerry, Secretary Vilsack Launch Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture
Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack launched the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture on Wednesday to promote greater international engagement on ways agriculture can help reduce the impact of climate change.

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