WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014—The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced a series of meetings to share information with stakeholders about the 2014 Farm Bill implementation process, including:
March 11, 12:00 pm - Local & Regional Food Systems with multiple USDA agencies
March 11, 3:00 pm - Natural Resources Conservation Service
March 12, 2:00 pm - Research, Education and Economics Mission Area,
March 12, 4:00 pm - Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Mission Area
March 13, 10:00 am - Food Safety Mission Area
March 13, 1:00 pm - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Animal Welfare Stakeholders by teleconference
March 13, 2:00 pm - Rural Economic Development, Rural Development Mission Area
March 13, 2:30 pm - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service General Listening Session by teleconference
March 13, 3:30 pm - Energy and the Bioeconomy with multiple USDA agencies
March 13, 4:00 pm - Office of Advocacy and Outreach, Room 108-A, Whitten
March 17, 1:00 pm - U.S. Forest Service Listening Session by webinar and teleconference
March 27, 9:00 am - Joint Farm Service Agency/Risk Management Agency Listening Session, USDA Jefferson Auditorium
Sessions will be held in Room 107-A, Whitten Building unless otherwise noted. Mission areas and agencies will provide additional details to stakeholders as they become available. For more information, contact Jennifer Yezak or Sarah Scanlon, USDA Office of External and Intergovernmental Affairs, at 202-720-6643 or Jennifer.Yezak@osec.usda.gov or Sarah.Scanlon@osec.usda.gov.
The President's 2015 USDA budget proposal, released yesterday, builds on the new tools available through the 2014 Farm Bill to achieve reform and results for the American taxpayer; foster opportunity for the men and women living, working and raising families in rural America; and support innovation through strategic, future-focused investments. Together, they will help to create jobs and drive long-term, sustainable economic growth in rural America, while equipping our farmers and ranchers with the tools they need to survive and thrive. Visit www.usda.gov/farmbill for more information about USDA's Farm Bill implementation plan
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