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 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.
 Arctic Grayling Does Not Warrant Protection Under Endangered Species Act Due to Collaborative Partnerships
MONTANA, August 19, 2014 -– The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today its finding that the Upper Missouri River Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the Arctic grayling does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
 USDA Invests New Conservation Funds to Improve Lake Erie Water Quality
WASHINGTON, August 19, 2014--Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that $2 million in conservation funds will be sent to Ohio to help implement conservation techniques that will help improve water quality. The Secretary said USDA is also partnering with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to expand “boots-on-the-ground” capacity in the area and will be contributing an additional $1 million in technical assistance which will in turn be leveraged by the NFWF along with other public and private entities.
 More than 1.6 Million Worldwide to Benefit from USDA International Assistance Program
WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service today announced funding for seven international projects through the 2014 Food for Progress Program. In total, more than 1.6 million people will directly benefit from the program this year.
 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.
 USDA Funds Broadband Expansion in Rural Minnesota, North Dakota and Texas
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today awarded nearly $40 million in loans for new or improved broadband service in rural parts of Minnesota, North Dakota and Texas.
 USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Increase Economic Opportunity and Improve the Quality of Life in Rural Areas
WASHINGTON, Aug., 13, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is seeking applications for grants that will be awarded to organizations to provide critical financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop and strengthen their capacity to carryout housing, community facilities and community and economic development projects.
 Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden Announces Funding for Research to Benefit Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers
WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2014 — Today, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced the availability of $400,000 in funding to establish the Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Policy Research Center.
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