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 US Forest Service Finalizes Policy to Promote Year-Round Recreation on Ski Areas
WASHINGTON, April 15, 2014 - The U.S. Forest Service finalized policy guidelines that will open opportunities for ski areas to promote year-round recreation activities that are natural resource-based and that will create additional jobs for communities with ski areas on the National Forests.
 Sign-Up Begins Today for USDA Disaster Assistance Programs Restored by Farm Bill
WASHINGTON, April 15, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that starting today, eligible farmers and ranchers can sign up for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs restored by passage of the 2014 Farm Bill.
 USDA Awards Grants for Nutrition Education Programs in Tribal Communities
GREEN BAY, Wis., April 15, 2014 - Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded over $700,000 in grants to support nutrition education programs for participants of USDA's Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR).
 USDA Officially Announces Sign-Up Date for Farmer and Rancher Disaster Assistance Programs
WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Quick implementation of the programs has been a top priority for USDA.
 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces Progress on 2014 Farm Bill Implementation
WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014— Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced significant progress on implementing the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill), which President Obama signed into law on February 7. The 2014 Farm Bill reforms agricultural policy, reduces the deficit, and helps grow the economy.
 USDA Announces Growth of U.S. Organic Industry and Additional USDA Support Available with New Farm Bill
WASHINGTON, March 20, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced new figures today that show the organic industry continues to grow domestically and globally, with over 25,000 certified organic operations in more than 120 different countries around the world.
 Agriculture Secretary Announces Funding to Support Small Socially Disadvantaged Producers and Renewable Energy Projects
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2013 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today visited Jackson, Miss., and announced new investments to support producers and rural communities throughout Mississippi. The Secretary announced funding for renewable energy projects, projects to improve public health in the Mississippi Delta region and awards to support small, socially-disadvantaged agriculture producers. Today’s announcement is one part of the Department's efforts to strengthen the rural economy.
 Secretary Vilsack Hosts Listening Sessions and Visits Texas Farm, Calls for Passage of Food Farm and Jobs Bill
LUBBOCK, TX, June 14, 2013 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today visited Texas Tech University, where he met with agriculture leaders about the need for Congressional action on a Food, Farm and Jobs Bill, as well as a solution to fix America's broken immigration system. Later in the day, he toured an area farm to view drought impacts and discuss the importance of a strong farm safety net.

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