USDA - Latest News Releases USDA - Latest News Releases en USDA Announces First Three Lenders for Heirs’ Property Relending Program <p><strong>WASHINGTON, August 18, 2022</strong> – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that Akiptan, Inc., the Cherokee Nation Economic Development Trust Authority (CNEDTA) and the Shared Capital Cooperative have been approved or conditionally approved as intermediary lenders through the Heirs’ Property Relending Program (HPRP). Once HPRP loans with these lenders close, these lenders will help agricultural producers and landowners resolve heirs’ land ownership and succession issues.</p> Thu, 18 Aug 2022 14:00:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 50057 at USDA Announces New Resource Guides for Tribal Governments, Citizens, and Organizations <p><strong>WASHINGTON, Aug. 16, 2022</strong> – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Tribal Relations has released the newest editions of the USDA Resource Guide for American Indians and Alaska Natives 2022 and the USDA Native Youth Resource Guide 2022. Each of these guides provides valuable information to Indian Country and can serve as a roadmap of USDA resources and services available to tribal governments, citizens, and organizations.</p> Tue, 16 Aug 2022 12:00:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 49996 at USDA Announces New Opportunities to Improve Nutrient Management <p><strong>WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2022</strong> – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) welcomed the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, which will deliver $19.5 billion in new conservation funding to support climate-smart agriculture. This historic funding will bolster the new steps that USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced today to improve opportunities for nutrient management.</p> Mon, 15 Aug 2022 13:30:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 49995 at USDA Recommends Adding Food Safety Items to Your Back-to-School List <p><strong>WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2022</strong> – On your next back-to-school shopping trip, make sure to include food safety items on your shopping list to keep school lunches safe.</p> <p>“Every day, parents focus on the health and safety of their children, and this focus includes how they prepare and pack lunches,” said Sandra Eskin, Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). “Because children are particularly at risk for serious foodborne illness, food safety must be at the top of the list when preparing lunches for school and field trips.”</p> Mon, 15 Aug 2022 10:00:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 49986 at Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Passage of Inflation Reduction Act <p><strong>WASHINGTON, August 12, 2022</strong> - “I want to thank Speaker Pelosi for leading the House in quick passage of the historic Inflation Reduction Act, putting rural America over special interests, and delivering a historic bill to President Biden’s desk.</p> Fri, 12 Aug 2022 17:45:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 49988 at USDA Investing $197 Million in Partner-Driven, Locally led Conservation <p><strong>WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2022</strong> – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced it is awarding $197 million for 41 locally led conservation projects through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). RCPP is a partner-driven program that leverages partner resources to advance innovative projects that address climate change, enhance water quality, and address other critical challenges on agricultural land.</p> Fri, 12 Aug 2022 08:00:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 49976 at Biden-Harris Administration Invests $74 Million to Improve Health Care for People Living in 37 States, Guam and Puerto Rico <p><strong>WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2022</strong> – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Under Secretary Xochitl Torres Small today announced that <a href="">USDA is awarding $74 million in grants to improve health care facilities</a> (PDF, 321 KB) in rural towns across the Nation. These grants will help 143 rural health care organizations expand critical services for 3 million people in 37 states, Guam and Puerto Rico.</p> Thu, 11 Aug 2022 08:45:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 49974 at USDA Invests Nearly $8M to Improve Dietary Health and Nutrition Security <p><strong>WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2022</strong> – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of nearly $8 million to support the <a href="">Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) Produce Prescription Program</a>. The funding is part of <a href="/arp">USDA’s American Rescue Plan</a> efforts and will be administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).</p> Wed, 10 Aug 2022 09:00:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 49961 at USDA Announces the Second Food Loss and Waste Innovation Fair <p><strong>WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2022</strong> – The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today that it will hold the second virtual USDA <a href="">Food Loss and Waste Innovation Fair</a> on September 14, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT.</p> <p>The fair will showcase the latest food loss and waste mitigation technologies, innovations and programs developed by USDA, academic institutions, local governments and businesses.</p> Tue, 09 Aug 2022 10:00:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 49947 at USDA Extends Public Comment Period to August 23 and Posts Public Webinar for the Proposed Rule to Promote Transparency in Poultry Grower Contracting and Tournaments <p><strong>WASHINGTON, Aug. 5, 2022</strong> - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is <a href="">extending the comment period for its proposed rule titled <em>Transparency in Poultry Grower Contracting and Tournaments</em></a> for an additional 15 days through August 23, 2022. The proposed rule published in the Federal Register June 8, 2022, with comments originally due on or before August 8, 2022. USDA is accepting comments at <a href=""></a>.</p> Fri, 05 Aug 2022 12:00:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 49846 at