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 USDA Announces Winners of the 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of 30 university students to attend USDA’s 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum titled “Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century” to be held Feb. 19-20, 2015, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va. Twenty university juniors and seniors were chosen based on an essay sharing their thoughts on “Agriculture as a Career.”
 Nationwide USDA Organic Survey Underway
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) just kicked off the Organic Survey to gather detailed data on U.S. organic agriculture production. The survey is a complete inventory of all known organic producers that are certified, exempt from certification, and transitioning to certified organic production.
 U.S. Forest Service Issues Final Policy for Over-snow Vehicles on National Forests, Grasslands
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2015 – The U.S. Forest Service today released the final policy for managing snowmobile and other "over-snow" vehicle use on national forests and grasslands. As directed by court order, the policy requires that roads, trails and areas where over-snow vehicle use can occur be specifically designated by local Forest Service mangers.
 USDA Partnering to Conduct Grant Workshops to Support Local Foods
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced a partnership through the Agricultural Marketing Service Technical Assistance (AMSTA) Project to conduct workshops that will help potential grant applicants understand, develop, and submit their Federal grant applications for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program.
 Statement from Secretary Vilsack on Expanded Market Access for U.S. Grown Apples to China
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2015 - This weekend, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reached agreement with Chinese officials to allow all U.S. grown apples to gain access to the Chinese market. This will allow a greater share of U.S. apple exports to China in the coming months and has the potential to increase U.S. fresh apple exports, which were valued at more than $1 billion in 2013, by approximately 10 percent.
 USDA Seeks Applications for Conservation Innovation Grants
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that applications are being accepted for up to $20 million in grants to facilitate the creation of new, innovative markets for carbon credits, providing additional revenue sources for producers to use to address natural resource conservation challenges. These grants are part of the Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) program, authorized through the 2014 Farm Bill.
 Statement from Secretary Vilsack on Efforts by Agricultural Producers to Urge the Renewal of Trade Promotion Authority
WASHINGTON, January 26, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today made the following statement regarding efforts by the National Pork Producers Council, National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association to urge the renewal of Trade Promotion Authority:
 USDA Awards Loans to Help Create Jobs, Spur Rural Economic Development
WINONA, Miss., Jan. 23, 2015 – Agriculture Under Secretary Lisa Mensah today announced five awards to expand access to credit for rural businesses, particularly small businesses in poor and underserved areas.
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