USDA - Latest News Releases https://www.usda.gov/ USDA - Latest News Releases en USDA Issues Pandemic Flexibilities for Schools and Day Care Facilities through June 2022 to Support Safe Reopening and Healthy, Nutritious Meals https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/04/20/usda-issues-pandemic-flexibilities-schools-and-day-care-facilities <p><strong>WASHINGTON, April 20, 2021</strong> – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today issued a broad range of flexibilities to allow school meal programs and childcare institutions across the country to return to serving healthy meals in fall 2021 as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to reopen schools safely. Several meal service flexibilities that enable social distancing are now extended through June 30, 2022.</p> Tue, 20 Apr 2021 09:00:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 43247 at https://www.usda.gov Statement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Nomination of Robert Bonnie to Serve as Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/04/16/statement-agriculture-secretary-tom-vilsack-nomination-robert <p><strong>WASHINGTON, April 16, 2021</strong> — “I am grateful to President Biden for announcing his intent to nominate Robert Bonnie to serve as Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation with the Department of Agriculture. Robert currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor for Climate at USDA. He led the USDA Transition Team for the President-Elect and Vice President-Elect. And he served in the Obama-Biden Administration as Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment as well as my Senior Advisor for the Environment and Climate.</p> Fri, 16 Apr 2021 14:00:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 43204 at https://www.usda.gov FACT SHEET: Update on USDA Activities to Contain the COVID-19 Pandemic https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/04/14/fact-sheet-update-usda-activities-contain-covid-19-pandemic <p><strong>WASHINGTON, Apr. 14, 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, 14 Apr 2021 16:00:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 43181 at https://www.usda.gov USDA Allocates Up to $10 Million to Partner with California and Oregon to Assist Producers Impacted by Drought in Klamath River Basin https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/04/14/usda-allocates-10-million-partner-california-and-oregon-assist <p><strong>WASHINGTON, April 14, 2021</strong> — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of up to $10 million in assistance from USDA’s Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus to assist agricultural producers impacted by the worsening drought conditions in the Klamath River Basin.</p> Wed, 14 Apr 2021 14:00:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 43180 at https://www.usda.gov USDA Invests More Than $330 Million in Specialty Crops Grants, Incentives to Purchase Fruits and Vegetables, and Help for Cotton Producers https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/04/13/usda-invests-more-330-million-specialty-crops-grants-incentives <p><strong>WASHINGTON, April 13, 2021</strong> — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of more than $330 million to help agricultural producers and organizations in the food supply chain recover from the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> Tue, 13 Apr 2021 16:30:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 43162 at https://www.usda.gov USDA Boosts Food Assistance for Homeless Young Adults Seeking Refuge in Shelters https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/04/09/usda-boosts-food-assistance-homeless-young-adults-seeking-refuge <p><strong>WASHINGTON, April 9, 2021</strong> – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that young adults under the age of 25 experiencing homelessness will now be able to receive meals at emergency shelters participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).</p> Fri, 09 Apr 2021 13:00:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 43123 at https://www.usda.gov Statement by Secretary Vilsack on the President’s FY22 Discretionary Funding Request https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/04/09/statement-secretary-vilsack-presidents-fy22-discretionary-funding <p><strong>WASHINGTON, April 9, 2021</strong> — The Biden-Harris Administration today submitted to Congress the President’s priorities for fiscal year 2022 discretionary spending. The funding request invests in the core foundations of our country’s strength and advances key U.S.</p> Fri, 09 Apr 2021 11:25:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 43121 at https://www.usda.gov Joint Statement from Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Western Water Crisis https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/04/08/joint-statement-interior-secretary-deb-haaland-and-agriculture <p><strong>WASHINGTON, April 8, 2021</strong> – In response to worsening drought conditions in the West, including in areas like the Klamath River Basin, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack released the following statement:</p> Thu, 08 Apr 2021 18:05:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 43120 at https://www.usda.gov USDA Announces Upcoming Changes to the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) Rice and Soybean Tables https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/04/08/usda-announces-upcoming-changes-world-agricultural-supply-and <p><strong>WASHINGTON, April 8, 2021</strong> – Starting with the May 12, 2021 release (issue No. 612), the following changes will be made to the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report:</p> Thu, 08 Apr 2021 10:00:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 43109 at https://www.usda.gov FACT SHEET: Update on USDA Activities to Contain the COVID-19 Pandemic https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/04/07/fact-sheet-update-usda-activities-contain-covid-19-pandemic <p><strong>WASHINGTON, Apr. 7, 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, 07 Apr 2021 15:30:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 43097 at https://www.usda.gov