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 USDA Continues Commitment to Hurricane Sandy Recovery
WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that up to $99 million in conservation funding will be provided to assist Hurricane Sandy victims in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. Funding will be used to enroll 671 acres of hurricane-damaged property into permanent floodplain easements, while also making affected communities more resilient to future flooding and storm surges.
 USDA Announces $200 Million to Promote Innovation in SNAP Employment and Training Programs
WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2014 – The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that up to $200 million in competitive grants is available for state SNAP agencies to design and conduct employment and training (E&T) pilot projects to help Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants find jobs and increase their earnings.
 Food Bank Competition Enters Final Week
WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2014 – A friendly competition among the nation’s food banks to sign up the most donors in the U.S. Food Waste Challenge is drawing to a close, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Feeding America will determine a winner in early September.
 USDA Reopens Chinese Market Access for California Citrus
Washington, D.C. – Aug. 22, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that California citrus farmers will be able to resume exports to China this season. California citrus exports are valued at $30 million annually.
 New Report Shows Budget Impact of Rising Firefighting Costs
WASHINGTON, August 20, 2014—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new report showing that as the cost of fighting forest fires has rapidly increased over the last 20 years, the budgets for other forest programs, including those that can help prevent and mitigate fire damage, have substantially shrunk.
 USDA Announces $25 Million for Agricultural Entrepreneurs to Turn Commodities into Value-Added Products
LOUDON, N.H., Aug. 19, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today highlighted the importance of rural entrepreneurs to the U.S. economy and announced investments to help rural businesses grow, diversify and create jobs.
 Parents Projected to Spend $245,340 to Raise a Child Born in 2013, According to USDA Report
WASHINGTON, August 18, 2014 - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its annual report, Expenditures on Children and Families, also known as the Cost of Raising a Child.
 Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2013 - Statement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Release of Rural America at a Glance, 2013 Edition by USDA's Economic Research Service:

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