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 USDA Awards $31 Million in Grants to Help SNAP Participants Afford Healthy Foods
ORLANDO, Fla., April 1, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA has awarded $31.5 million in funding to local, state, and national organizations to support programs that help participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) increase their purchase of fruits and vegetables. Recognizing that all Americans fall well short of the servings of fruits and vegetables recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the grants will test incentive strategies to help SNAP participants better afford fruits and vegetables.
 Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Approximately $23 Million Available for Citrus Greening Research
ORLANDO, Fla., April 1, 2015 – At an Orlando grocery store filled with Florida citrus, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of $23 million in USDA funding to support research and extension projects for producers fighting citrus greening disease. Huanglongbing (HLB), commonly known as citrus greening, threatens the future viability of the citrus industry in the United States, having infected more than 75 percent of the Florida citrus crop.
 Statement from Secretary Vilsack on Helicopter Crash in DeSoto National Forest in Mississippi
WASHINGTON, March 31, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today made the following statement: "I was deeply saddened to learn that U.S. Forest Service Engineering Technician Steve Cobb gave his life in service to his country yesterday afternoon.
 USDA Awards 36 Food Safety Grants, Including $6.7 Million for Antimicrobial Resistance, to Protect Consumers
WASHINGTON, March 31, 2015 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced funding awards totaling nearly $19 million, including more than $6.7 million for antimicrobial resistance strategies, to 36 grantees to ensure a safe and nutritious food supply and while maintaining American agricultural competitiveness. NIFA made the awards through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which is authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.
 USDA to Provide $332 Million to Protect and Restore Agricultural Working Lands, Grasslands and Wetlands
WASHINGTON, March 31, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that U.S. Department of Agriculture is making available $332 million in financial and technical assistance through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will accept ACEP applications to help productive farm and ranch lands remain in agriculture and to protect the nation’s critical wetlands and grasslands, home to diverse wildlife and plant species.
 USDA Names Courtyard in Washington, DC in Honor of Cesar Chavez
WASHINGTON, March 31, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the naming of the Cesar Chavez Courtyard at USDA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
 USDA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Launch Ecosystem-Wide Effort to Aid Southwestern Willow Flycatcher and Other Riparian Species
WASHINGTON, March 30, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) today unveiled an ecosystem-wide model to aid the Southwestern willow flycatcher and help western landowners. The model will enhance or restore habitat for at-risk, threatened and endangered species while supporting working lands in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.
 USDA-NIFA and United Kingdom-Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Partner for Animal Disease Prevention Research
WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the United Kingdom's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) today announced five jointly funded research awards that total more than $2.3 million from NIFA and 2.3 million British pounds ($3,502,683 equivalent) from the BBSRC for the US-UK Collaborative Animal Health and Disease and Veterinary Immune Reagents program.
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