USDA

Field worker wages up 6%, signaling hike for H-2A pay

Field workers at U.S. farms received an average of $17.04 per hour in October, an increase of 6% from the same month in 2021, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Labor Survey. The... more »

USDA seeks nominations for NASS advisory committee

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is seeking nominations to the Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics. Members of this committee advise the secretary of agriculture on the scope, timing and content... more »

USDA funds produce prescription programs across U.S.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has invested almost $60 million in programs across the country that “prescribe” produce to encourage consumption and make fresh fruits and vegetables more accessible. The $59.4 million supports the Gus... more »

USDA appoints fruit, vegetable industry advisory committee members

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has appointed 25 industry representatives to serve on the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee. The reappointed and newly appointed members will serve two-year terms beginning immediately and ending in... more »

Specialty crop growers join USDA in climate initiative

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding up to $2.8 billion in a massive initiative with 70 projects – 15 of them involving fruit, vegetable and other specialty crops – to address climate change. The... more »

Climate initiative awards $20 million to Elevated Foods

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded up to $20 million to Elevated Foods, allowing it to fast track its efforts to restore and regenerate agricultural lands, while producing more nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables. The... more »

USDA: Protect your PACA rights

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is reminding buyers and sellers of fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables subject to the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) how to preserve their rights when using electronic invoicing. Buyers... more »

$500 million grant program seeks to lower fertilizer cost

The Joe Biden administration, through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is making $500 million in grants available to increase American-made fertilizer production to spur competition and combat price hikes on U.S. farmers caused by the... more »

USDA seeks input on H-2A labor program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a new grant program it says will address labor shortages in agriculture, reduce irregular migration through increased use of legal pathways, and improve labor protections for farmworkers. USDA’s Farm... more »

Pollinator conference seeks public engagement this year

The national Protecting Pollinators in Urban Landscapes conference is Oct. 10-12 in Athens, Georgia. The annual conference brings together researchers, educators, practitioners and others interested in bee conservation through discussions, talks and education sessions. It... more »

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