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 Members Named to Seven Agricultural Trade Advisory Committees
WASHINGTON, June 30, 2015 - U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and United States Trade Representative Michael Froman today announced the appointment of 129 private-sector members to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) and six Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees (ATACs).
 Obama Administration Assists Communities in Building Local Food Systems to Foster Economic Growth
WASHINGTON, June 30, 2015 — Today, the Obama Administration invited communities to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative providing direct technical support to build strong local food systems as part of a community's emerging economic action plans. Under this effort, a team of agricultural, transportation, public health, environmental, and regional economic experts will work directly with local communities to spur local economic growth and improve the quality of life for all residents.
 Enrollment for 2016 Dairy Margin Protection Program to Begin July 1
PORTLAND, June 29, 2015 — Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced that starting July 1, 2015, dairy farmers can enroll in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016.
 Statement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Passage of Trade Promotion Authority
WASHINGTON, June 25, 2015—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today made the following statement:
 California-based Organizations Support Federal and State Investments to Support Water Quality and Quantity in Drought-Stricken California
SUNOL, Calif., June 25, 2015 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack yesterday joined Interior Deputy Secretary Mike Connor and California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird to announce a new partnership focused on conserving and restoring the Sierra-Cascade California Headwaters, as part of President Obama's Resilient Lands and Waters initiative.
 SNAP Benefit Redemptions through Farmers and Farmers Markets Show Sharp Increase
PHILADELPHIA, June 25, 2015 – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants are spending more of their benefits to make purchases at roadside farm stands, farmers markets and directly from local farmers than ever before. SNAP redemptions at those outlets in FY14 totaled $18.8 million, a nearly six-fold increase since 2008.
 DOI, USDA, EPA, NOAA and USACE announce additional Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative sites to prepare natural resources for climate change
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2015 - The Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) today recognized three new collaborative landscape partnerships across the country where Federal agencies will focus efforts with partners to conserve and restore important lands and waters and make them more resilient to a changing climate. These include the California Headwaters, California’s North-Central Coast and Russian River Watershed, and Crown of the Continent.
 Fact Sheet: Administration Continues Major Push to Deliver More Meals this Summer to Rural Kids
On the 40th anniversary of USDA's summer meal programs, the Obama Administration has set a goal of serving 200 million meals to children and teens this summer - an increase of 13 million meals from last year. With school letting out for the summer, the Administration is making unprecedented investments in new tools and local capacity to better serve high-need rural families and communities.

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