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 USDA Deputy Secretary Harden Announces $17 Million to Support America’s Beginning Farmers and Ranchers
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced more than $17 million in grants for organizations that will develop training and provide other resources for beginning farmers and ranchers across the nation. The awards are made through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, which is administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
 Forest Service Chief Reviews Fire Season, Calls for Two-Part Solution to Fire Budget
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2015 – Today, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell reviewed the 2015 fire season and provided insight into longer term trends and challenges for the agency during testimony before the House Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee.
 New USDA Fact Sheets Illustrate State-by-State Benefits of Trans-Pacific Partnership
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2015 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a series of fact sheets illustrating how the newly reached Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement can boost the U.S. agriculture industry, supporting more American jobs and driving the nation’s rural economy. Created by the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), the fact sheets graphically depict how each state and individual commodities stand to benefit from increased agricultural trade with the 11 other TPP countries.
 Nation’s Ag Co-ops Set Records for Income and Revenue
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the nation’s farmer, rancher and fishery cooperatives posted record income and revenue in 2014.
 USDA Announces $3 Million in Funding for Critical Agriculture Production Research
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced nearly $3 million in grants to address critical issues affecting agriculturally-important plants and animals. The science developed from these grants will provide timely assistance and have an immediate impact for the agriculture community. The awards were made under the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative's (AFRI) Critical Agricultural Research and Extension (CARE) program, and addresses priority areas of the 2014 Farm Bill.
 Food and Agriculture Groups Express Optimism and Confidence in Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2015 – Leaders from across the U.S. agriculture and food sector have continued to express their optimism and confidence in the newly reached Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. Yesterday, trade ministers from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam concluded negotiations for the TPP—one of the largest trade deals in recent history. For America’s food and agriculture sector, which has remained a bright spot in the country’s economy for the past seven years, TPP would create more American jobs and drive the nation’s rural economy. U.S. agricultural trade with the 11 TPP countries accounted for 42 percent of U.S. agricultural exports in 2014, contributing $63 billion to the U.S. economy.
 USDA Announces $18.1 Million to Help Rural Businesses Create Jobs
WASHINGTON, July 29, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced loans and grants for 92 projects worth $18.1 to help support the start-up or expansion of rural small businesses. These funds are part of more than 20,000 grants and loans to more than 85,000 rural businesses USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service has awarded since the start of the Obama administration.
 USDA, Partners Usher in a New Era in Conservation
BAY CITY, Mich., May 27, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today joined Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow to launch a new era in American conservation efforts with an historic focus on public-private partnership.

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