USDA - Latest News Releases https://www.usda.gov/ USDA - Latest News Releases en Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/06/17/statement-agriculture-secretary-tom-vilsack-organic-livestock-and <p><strong>WASHINGTON, June 17, 2021</strong> – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released the following statement today in regard to the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule:</p> Thu, 17 Jun 2021 17:18:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 44012 at https://www.usda.gov USDA Selects 2021 Class of E. Kika De La Garza Fellows https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/06/17/usda-selects-2021-class-e-kika-de-la-garza-fellows <p><strong>WASHINGTON, June 17, 2021</strong> – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the selection of 25 faculty and staff from Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) across the nation as 2021 E. Kika De La Garza Fellows. This summer fellowship program offers experiences in policymaking and research through direct interaction with every USDA agency.</p> Thu, 17 Jun 2021 10:00:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 44010 at https://www.usda.gov FACT SHEET: Update on USDA Activities to Contain the COVID-19 Pandemic https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/06/16/fact-sheet-update-usda-activities-contain-covid-19-pandemic <p><strong>WASHINGTON, June 16, 2021</strong> — In January 2021, President Biden released the National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness. The plan is driven by science, data, and public health to improve the effectiveness of our nation’s fight against COVID-19 and to restore trust, accountability and a sense of common purpose in our response to the pandemic.</p> <p>The National Strategy provides a roadmap to guide America out of the worst public health crisis in a century. It is organized around seven goals:</p> Wed, 16 Jun 2021 17:20:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 44009 at https://www.usda.gov USDA Underscores Importance of Agricultural R&D at G20 Agricultural Chief Scientists Meeting https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/06/16/usda-underscores-importance-agricultural-rd-g20-agricultural-chief <p><strong>WASHINGTON, June 16, 2021</strong> – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture highlighted the importance of agricultural research and development (R&amp;D) and the need for G20 agricultural science leaders to actively advocate for science-based decision making. Agricultural science leaders from around the world convened virtually this week during the <a href="https://www.macs-g20.org/">Meeting of G20 Agricultural Chief Scientists (G20 MACS)</a> to discuss critical global agricultural science and technology issues.</p> Wed, 16 Jun 2021 14:00:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 43991 at https://www.usda.gov USDA Publishes Federal Register Notice for Public Input on Racial Justice and Equity https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/06/16/usda-publishes-federal-register-notice-public-input-racial-justice <p><strong>WASHINGTON, June 16, 2021</strong> — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today published a Federal Register Notice requesting public input on its efforts to advance racial justice and equity across the Department.</p> Wed, 16 Jun 2021 12:05:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 43903 at https://www.usda.gov USDA Launches Grant Program to Help Expand Regional Economies and Create High-Wage Jobs in Distressed Rural Communities https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/06/15/usda-launches-grant-program-help-expand-regional-economies-and <p><strong>WASHINGTON, June 15, 2021</strong> – United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Rural Business-Cooperative Service Administrator Karama Neal today unveiled a new grant program to help rural communities create good-paying jobs and support new business opportunities in high-growth fields.</p> Tue, 15 Jun 2021 10:00:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 43974 at https://www.usda.gov USDA Announces Additional Aid to Ag Producers and Businesses in Pandemic Assistance for Producers Initiative https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/06/15/usda-announces-additional-aid-ag-producers-and-businesses-pandemic <p><strong>WASHINGTON, June 15, 2021</strong> — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today additional aid to agricultural producers and businesses as part of the USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Earlier this year, Secretary Vilsack announced plans to use available pandemic assistance funds to address a number of gaps and disparities in previous rounds of aid. As part of the Pandemic Assistance initiative announced in March, USDA pledged to continue Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payments and to provide aid to producers and businesses left behind.</p> Tue, 15 Jun 2021 09:00:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 43973 at https://www.usda.gov USDA to Begin Work to Strengthen Enforcement of the Packers and Stockyards Act https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/06/11/usda-begin-work-strengthen-enforcement-packers-and-stockyards-act <p><strong>WASHINGTON, June 11, 2021</strong> — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin work on three proposed rules to support enforcement of the Packers and Stockyards (P&amp;S) Act, the 100-year old law that was originally designed to protect poultry and hog farmers and cattle ranchers from unfair, deceptive, and anti-competitive practices in the meat markets. USDA’s pending action was noted in the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions released today by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).</p> Fri, 11 Jun 2021 11:00:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 43923 at https://www.usda.gov USDA Launches Resource Guide to Help America’s Rural Workforce Build Back Better https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/06/10/usda-launches-resource-guide-help-americas-rural-workforce-build <p><strong>WASHINGTON, June 10, 2021</strong> – United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson today unveiled a <a href="https://www.rd.usda.gov/sites/default/files/060721-ic-ruralworkforceguide-final508.pdf?utm_source=Resource_Guide&amp;utm_medium=PDF&amp;utm_content=6_10_21&amp;utm_campaign=Rural_Workforce">resource guide</a> (PDF, 2.5 MB) to help rural community leaders start and expand employment opportunities and access resources to train, recruit and create a sustainable rural workforce.</p> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 11:00:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 43902 at https://www.usda.gov USDA Expands Cooperative Interstate Shipment Program for Meat Processors to 9 States with Addition of South Dakota https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/06/10/usda-expands-cooperative-interstate-shipment-program-meat <p><strong>WASHINGTON, June 10, 2021</strong> – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the State of South Dakota have finalized a Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) agreement, which provides an opportunity for selected state-inspected meat and poultry processors to ship their products across state lines. Under the CIS agreement, the State of South Dakota may inspect meat in selected establishments for shipment throughout the United States.</p> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 10:00:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 43901 at https://www.usda.gov