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 USDA Releases 2013 Annual Summary for Pesticide Data Program
WASHINGTON, December 19, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has posted data from the 2013 Pesticide Data Program (PDP) Annual Summary. The PDP summary confirms that overall pesticide chemical residues found on the foods tested are at levels below the tolerances established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and do not pose a safety concern.
 Highly Pathogenic H5 Avian Influenza Confirmed in Wild Birds in Washington State H5N2 Found in Northern Pintail Ducks & H5N8 Found in Captive Gyrfalcons
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2014 — The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic (HPAI) H5 avian influenza in wild birds in Whatcom County, Washington. Two separate virus strains were identified: HPAI H5N2 in northern pintail ducks and HPAI H5N8 in captive Gyrfalcons that were fed hunter-killed wild birds.
 Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Historic New Course for U.S.-Cuba Relations
 USDA Improves Forest Health by Harvesting Biomass for Energy
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that more than 200,000 tons of biomass were removed from federal lands through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP).
 Federal Agencies Support Virginia's Innovative Market-based Approach to Improving Water Quality in Chesapeake Bay
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2014 – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy today joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary (USDA) Tom Vilsack, Mike Boots of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Commonwealth of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a private investor and an Appomattox, VA farmer to recognize an innovative, market-based nutrient trading program run by Virginia to improve the water quality of Chesapeake Bay.
 USDA Announces Early Release of Commodity Tables for USDA's Agricultural Projections to 2024
WASHINGTON, Dec 16, 2014 — On Dec. 18, 2014, at 11:00am EST, the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will release selected tables from its upcoming USDA Agricultural Projections to 2024 report. USDA will post online tables containing long-term supply, use, and price projections to 2024 for major crops and livestock products, and will include supporting U.S. and international macroeconomic assumptions.
 USDA Provides Greater Protection for Fruit, Vegetable and Other Specialty Crop Growers
WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance.
 Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Retirement of Dr. Joe Glauber
WASHINGTON, December 11, 2014 - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today made the following statement on the retirement from federal service of USDA Chief Economist Dr. Joe Glauber:
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