USDA - Latest News Releases https://www.usda.gov/rss/feed-digital-gov-search2.xml USDA - Latest News Releases en USDA Forest Service Announces New Strategy for Improving Forest Conditions https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2018/08/16/usda-forest-service-announces-new-strategy-improving-forest <p><strong>(Washington, D.C., August 16, 2018)</strong> — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (USFS) <a href="https://www.facebook.com/USDA/videos/267636500721931/">announced today a new strategy</a> for managing catastrophic wildfires and the impacts of invasive species, drought, and insect and disease epidemics.</p> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:00:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 26586 at https://www.usda.gov USDA Adds New Tools, Resources to Farmers.gov to Aid Producers https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2018/08/14/usda-adds-new-tools-resources-farmersgov-aid-producers <p>WASHINGTON, August 14, 2018 – Agricultural producers have new resources available to them to prepare for and recover from impacts of natural disasters on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new website, <a href="https://www.farmers.gov/">farmers.gov</a>. The site has updated tools and information to help agricultural producers identify the right programs and make decisions for their operations.</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 12:00:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 26563 at https://www.usda.gov USDA Partners to Improve Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in 23 States https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2018/08/14/usda-partners-improve-rural-water-and-wastewater-infrastructure-23 <p>POLAND, La., Aug. 14, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett visited the state today to announce that USDA <a href="https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/USDAWEPNRProjectsChart081418.pdf">is investing more than $124 million</a> (PDF, 155.4 KB) to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure in 23 states. Five projects in Louisiana are receiving funding.</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 10:30:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 26562 at https://www.usda.gov USDA to Realign ERS with Chief Economist, Relocate ERS & NIFA Outside DC https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2018/08/09/usda-realign-ers-chief-economist-relocate-ers-nifa-outside-dc <p><strong>(Washington, D.C., August 9, 2018)</strong> – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced further reorganization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), intended to improve customer service, strengthen offices and programs, and save taxpayer dollars. The Economic Research Service (ERS), currently under USDA’s Research, Education, and Economics mission area, will realign once again with the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) under the Office of the Secretary.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2018 15:03:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 26513 at https://www.usda.gov U.S. Poultry Gains New Market Access in Morocco https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2018/08/07/us-poultry-gains-new-market-access-morocco <p><strong>(Washington, D.C., August 7, 2018)</strong> – U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that the government of Morocco has agreed to allow commercial imports of U.S. poultry meat and products into Morocco for the first time.</p> Tue, 07 Aug 2018 06:03:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 26493 at https://www.usda.gov USDA Invests $345.5 Million in Rural Electric Infrastructure to Improve Service for More Than 1 Million Residential and Commercial Consumers in 14 States https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2018/08/06/usda-invests-3455-million-rural-electric-infrastructure-improve <p>WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2018 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing <a href="https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/RUS-Electric_LoansCHART.pdf">$345.5 million in 20 infrastructure projects</a> (PDF, 121 KB) to improve rural electric service in 14 states.</p> Mon, 06 Aug 2018 13:30:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 26468 at https://www.usda.gov USDA Invests $97 Million in Rural Broadband Infrastructure to Improve Service for 22,000 Subscribers in 11 States https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2018/08/01/usda-invests-97-million-rural-broadband-infrastructure-improve <p>WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2018 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing <a href="https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/Telecom-CommunityConnectNewsReleaseCHARTAugust12018.pdf">$97 million in 12 projects</a> (PDF, 104 KB) to provide or improve rural broadband service in 11 states.</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2018 11:00:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 26437 at https://www.usda.gov USDA Proclaims National WIC Breastfeeding Week and Launches New Campaign https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2018/08/01/usda-proclaims-national-wic-breastfeeding-week-and-launches-new <p><strong>(WASHINGTON, August 1, 2018)</strong> – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today proclaimed Aug. 1-7 as <a href="https://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/national-wic-breastfeeding-week-2018">National WIC Breastfeeding Week</a>. Each year, National WIC Breastfeeding Week is held in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week during the first week of August to promote and support breastfeeding as the best source of nutrition for a baby’s first year of life.</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2018 10:00:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 26436 at https://www.usda.gov In Argentina, Perdue Welcomes U.S. Pork Back to Market https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2018/07/30/argentina-perdue-welcomes-us-pork-back-market <figure role="group" class="embedded-entity"><div> <img alt="Thumbnail" height="384" src="/sites/default/files/styles/press_release_lead/public/perdue-argentina-pork.jpg?itok=DC9vsP08" title="perdue-argentina-pork.jpg" typeof="Image" width="440" /></div> <figcaption>Secretary Sonny Perdue celebrates the reintroduction of U.S. pork into the Argentine market, with U.S. Ambassador to Argentina Edward Prado.</figcaption></figure><p><strong>(Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 30, 2018)</strong> – U.S.</p> Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:19:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 26400 at https://www.usda.gov USDA Encourages Rural Communities, Water Districts to Apply for Loans to Improve, Rebuild Infrastructure; $4 Billion Available https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2018/07/30/usda-encourages-rural-communities-water-districts-apply-loans <p>WASHINGTON, July 30, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced a historic commitment by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to upgrade and rebuild rural water infrastructure.</p> <p>“USDA is committed to being a strong partner to rural communities in building their futures,” Hazlett said. “All people – regardless of their zip code – need modern, reliable infrastructure to thrive, and we have found that when we address this need, many other challenges in rural places become much more manageable.”</p> Mon, 30 Jul 2018 11:00:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 26399 at https://www.usda.gov