USDA - Latest News Releases https://www.usda.gov/ USDA - Latest News Releases en U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Heather Dawn Thompson as Director, Office of Tribal Relations https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/01/25/us-department-agriculture-announces-heather-dawn-thompson-director <p><strong>WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2021</strong> — The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the appointment of Heather Dawn Thompson as Director of the Office of Tribal Relations (OTR) reporting to the Secretary of Agriculture. Thompson is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, a Harvard Law School graduate, and an expert in American Indian law, tribal sovereignty, and rural tribal economic development. With Thompson in place, USDA will return OTR directly under the Secretary, restoring the office’s important government-to-government role.</p> Mon, 25 Jan 2021 13:00:00 -0500 USDA Latest News Releases 42257 at https://www.usda.gov Biden Administration Expands P-EBT to Benefit Millions of Low-Income and Food Insecure Children During Pandemic https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/01/22/biden-administration-expands-p-ebt-benefit-millions-low-income-and <p><strong>WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2021</strong> — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced several efforts today to expand nutrition assistance to hard-hit families across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. In support of President Biden’s call to action on hunger and with authorities provided by Congress, USDA is increasing the Pandemic-EBT benefit by approximately 15%, providing more money for low-income families and millions of children missing meals due to school closures.</p> Fri, 22 Jan 2021 09:50:00 -0500 USDA Latest News Releases 42246 at https://www.usda.gov U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Key Staff Appointments https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/01/21/us-department-agriculture-announces-key-staff-appointments <p><strong>WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2021</strong> — The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the names of individuals who will hold senior staff positions in Washington, D.C.</p> Thu, 21 Jan 2021 18:04:00 -0500 USDA Latest News Releases 42245 at https://www.usda.gov U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Three Deputy Under Secretaries in the Areas of Nutrition, Rural Development and Marketing and Regulatory Programs https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/01/21/us-department-agriculture-announces-three-deputy-under-secretaries <p><strong>WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2021</strong> — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced three senior appointments today.</p> Thu, 21 Jan 2021 10:00:00 -0500 USDA Latest News Releases 42237 at https://www.usda.gov Biden Administration Announces Foreclosure Moratorium and Mortgage Forbearance Deadline Extension That Will Bring Relief to Rural Residents https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/01/20/biden-administration-announces-foreclosure-moratorium-and-mortgage <p><strong>WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2021</strong> — In one of his first acts in office, President Joe Biden requested federal agencies to extend eviction and foreclosure moratoriums for millions of Americans. In response, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced an extension of eviction and foreclosure moratoriums on USDA Single Family Housing Direct and Guaranteed loans (SFHDLP and SFHGLP) through March 31, 2021. The actions announced today will bring relief to residents in rural America who have housing loans through USDA.</p> Wed, 20 Jan 2021 16:15:00 -0500 USDA Latest News Releases 42236 at https://www.usda.gov U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Key Staff Appointments https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/01/20/us-department-agriculture-announces-key-staff-appointments <p><strong>WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2021</strong> — The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the names of individuals who will hold senior staff positions in Washington, D.C.</p> Wed, 20 Jan 2021 15:30:00 -0500 USDA Latest News Releases 42235 at https://www.usda.gov Secretary Perdue Statement on MOU on Animal Biotechnology https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/01/19/secretary-perdue-statement-mou-animal-biotechnology <p><strong>(Washington, D.C., January 19, 2021)</strong> – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement after signing a <a href="https://www.aphis.usda.gov/biotechnology/downloads/mou-usda-fda.pdf">Memorandum of Understanding</a> (PDF, 141 KB) with the Assistant Secretary for Health and Head of the Public Health Service Admiral Brett Giroir, M.D., establishing a regulatory environment at the Department of Agriculture for agricultural animal biotechnology innovation:</p> Tue, 19 Jan 2021 12:00:00 -0500 USDA Latest News Releases 42221 at https://www.usda.gov Secretary Perdue Statement on H-2A Modernization https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/01/15/secretary-perdue-statement-h-2a-modernization <p><strong>(Washington, D.C., January 15, 2021)</strong> - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued a statement applauding the Department of Labor’s final rule modernizing the H-2A visa program:</p> Fri, 15 Jan 2021 11:23:00 -0500 USDA Latest News Releases 42189 at https://www.usda.gov USDA Offers Additional Assistance for Certain Producers Through Coronavirus Food Assistance Program https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/01/15/usda-offers-additional-assistance-certain-producers-through <p><strong>(Washington, D.C., January 15, 2021)</strong> – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide additional assistance through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), expanding eligibility for some agricultural producers and commodities as well as updating payments to accurately compensate some producers who already applied for the program. Producers who are now eligible and those who need to modify existing applications due to these updates can contact USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) between Jan. 19 and Feb. 26.</p> Fri, 15 Jan 2021 10:00:00 -0500 USDA Latest News Releases 42188 at https://www.usda.gov Secretary Perdue Statement on the Establishment of Wildland Fire Subcabinet https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/01/14/secretary-perdue-statement-establishment-wildland-fire-subcabinet <p><strong>(Washington, D.C., January 14, 2021)</strong> – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued a statement celebrating the establishment of the Interagency Wildland Fire Subcabinet. Executive Order on Establishing The Wildland Fire Management Policy Committee will open up more communication channels to ensure better forest management effectiveness between the Departments and Agencies within the Federal government.</p> Thu, 14 Jan 2021 13:46:00 -0500 USDA Latest News Releases 42179 at https://www.usda.gov