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 Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to Make First Official Visit to Puerto Rico
WASHINGTON, May 26, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will make his first official visit to Puerto Rico where he will highlight the U.S. Department of Agriculture's ongoing commitment to addressing food security and rural opportunity in the Commonwealth.
 Agriculture Acting Deputy Secretary Scuse Leads USDA Clean Energy Mission to Mexico
WASHINGTON, May 23, 2016 - Acting Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse will lead a team of U.S. ethanol industry leaders on a mission to Mexico May 24 to May 25, to explore opportunities to expand both the United States' and Mexico's renewable energy sectors.
 USDA Awards $4.5 Million in Rural Community Development Grants; Seeks Applications for Future Projects
WASHINGTON, May 23, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding more than $4 million in grants to 23 organizations to support rural economic development projects.
 On 80th Anniversary of Rural Electrification Act, USDA Invests More Than $200 Million in Electric Infrastructure Improvements in Five States
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today celebrated the 80th anniversary of the Rural Electrification Act (REA) and announced funding to build and upgrade rural electric infrastructure in five states.
 Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Organic Trade Association Report
WASHINGTON, May 19, 2016 - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released a statement on the Organic Trade Association’s report that the organic sector posted its largest-ever dollar gain in 2015, with total organic product sales growing by $4.2 billion, reaching $43.3 billion.
 Statement from Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on the U.S. International Trade Commission Report
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued the following statement today in response to a study by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) that found the U.S. agriculture sector will increase output if the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is passed.
 USDA Announces $6 Million in Available Funding for Antimicrobial Resistance Research
WASHINGTON, May 2, 2016 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of $6 million to fund research to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR). This funding is available through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, and administered by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
 USDA Provides Funding for More Than 1,100 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Nationwide
WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is awarding loans and grants that will help more than 1,100 rural small businesses and agricultural producers reduce energy usage and costs in their operations.
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