USDA - Latest News Releases https://www.usda.gov/ USDA - Latest News Releases en USDA Announces Approval of D-SNAP for California Disaster Areas https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2020/09/29/usda-announces-approval-d-snap-california-disaster-areas <p><strong>WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2020</strong> – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that low-income California residents dealing with the ongoing wildfires could be eligible for a helping hand from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP).</p> <p>Secretary Perdue said that households who may not normally be eligible under regular Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) rules may qualify for D-SNAP – if they meet the disaster income limits and have qualifying disaster-related expenses.</p> Tue, 29 Sep 2020 13:45:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 40064 at https://www.usda.gov Trump Administration Invests $1.7 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural Southwestern South Dakota and Eastern Wyoming https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2020/09/29/trump-administration-invests-17-million-high-speed-broadband-rural <p><strong>RAPID CITY, S.D., Sept. 29, 2020</strong> – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $1.7 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in southwestern South Dakota and eastern Wyoming. This investment is part of the $550 million Congress allocated to the <a href="/reconnect/program-overview">second round of the ReConnect Program</a>.</p> Tue, 29 Sep 2020 12:00:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 40063 at https://www.usda.gov Farmers to Families Food Box Program Surpasses 100 Million Boxes Delivered https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2020/09/29/farmers-families-food-box-program-surpasses-100-million-boxes <p><strong>(Washington, D.C., September 29, 2020)</strong> – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that more than 100 million food boxes have been distributed in support of American farmers and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) <a href="https://www.ams.usda.gov/selling-food-to-usda/farmers-to-families-food-box/approved-contractors">Farmers to Families Food Box Program</a>. Tue, 29 Sep 2020 10:30:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 40062 at https://www.usda.gov U.S. Department of Agriculture Releases Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Alaska Roadless Rule https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2020/09/24/us-department-agriculture-releases-final-environmental-impact <p><strong>WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2020</strong> – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the upcoming publication of a Final Environmental Impact Statement that describes the environmental effects of six alternatives, including whether the Tongass National Forest should be exempted from the 2001 Roadless Rule.</p> <p>A copy of the final statement will be available <a href="https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54511">on the project website</a> after a notice is published in the Federal Register.</p> Thu, 24 Sep 2020 14:00:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 40008 at https://www.usda.gov Trump Administration Invests $268 Million in Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements in 28 States https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2020/09/22/trump-administration-invests-268-million-rural-water-and-wastewater <p><strong>WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2020</strong> – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) <a href="https://www.rd.usda.gov/sites/default/files/WEP_NewsRelease_CHART09222020.pdf">is investing $268 million to modernize rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure across 28 states</a> (PDF, 222 KB).</p> Tue, 22 Sep 2020 11:00:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 39980 at https://www.usda.gov USDA Encourages Ag Producers, Residents to Prepare for Tropical Storm Beta https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2020/09/21/usda-encourages-ag-producers-residents-prepare-tropical-storm-beta <p><strong>WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2020</strong> - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses in the path of Tropical Storm Beta that USDA has programs that provide assistance in the wake of disasters. USDA staff in the regional, state and county offices stand ready and are eager to help.</p> Mon, 21 Sep 2020 16:15:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 39952 at https://www.usda.gov USDA Extends WIC COVID-19 Flexibilities for Duration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2020/09/21/usda-extends-wic-covid-19-flexibilities-duration-covid-19-public <p><strong>(Washington, D.C., September 21, 2020)</strong> – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the extension of more than a dozen flexibilities ensuring participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) continue receiving the food and health support they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> Mon, 21 Sep 2020 10:01:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 39946 at https://www.usda.gov WTAS: Trump Administration Provides Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2020/09/18/wtas-trump-administration-provides-additional-direct-assistance <p><strong>(Washington, D.C., September 18, 2020)</strong> – Earlier today, President Donald Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced up to an additional $14 billion dollars for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. After listening to feedback received from farmers, ranchers and agricultural organizations about the impact of the pandemic on our nations’ farms and ranches, USDA developed a program to better meet the needs of those impacted. The praise for CFAP 2 has been widespread.</p> Fri, 18 Sep 2020 17:11:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 39944 at https://www.usda.gov USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2020/09/18/usda-provide-additional-direct-assistance-farmers-and-ranchers <p><strong>(Washington, D.C., September 18, 2020)</strong> – President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced up to an additional $14 billion dollars for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) will begin September 21st and run through December 11, 2020.</p> Fri, 18 Sep 2020 09:00:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 39935 at https://www.usda.gov Deputy Secretary Censky to Return to ASA as CEO https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2020/09/18/deputy-secretary-censky-return-asa-ceo <p><strong>(Washington, D.C., September 18, 2020)</strong> – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky will be departing November 8, 2020. He will be returning to become the CEO of the American Soybean Association (ASA), a position in which he previously served for 21 years.  He will begin that role on November 9, 2020.</p> Fri, 18 Sep 2020 08:30:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 39934 at https://www.usda.gov