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USDA opens disadvantaged farmer grant application process

Underserved and disadvantaged farmers can learn more about U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) grants that benefit them through a webinar. Community-based and nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and Tribal-serving organizations are invited to join... more »

Trade mission to Vietnam: USDA recruits US exporters

The USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service is seeking applications from current and potential U.S. exporters interested in participating in a trade mission to Vietnam. Scheduled for September 9-13, 2024, the mission will include various events in... more »

Report released on ag census by congressional district

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the Congressional District Profiles and Rankings from the 2022 Census of Agriculture. This summary presents data by congressional district from the 118th Congress that includes land, farms,... more »

USDA: US ag exports generated $412B in 2022

The value of U.S. agricultural exports totaled $197.4 billion in 2022 and generated $214.6 billion in economic activity for a total economic output of $412 billion, according to new USDA numbers. Exports comprised both commodities... more »

Bill would boost USDA block grants for specialty crops

U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Laphonza Butler (D-California) have introduced a bill to increase the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant program authorization and give stakeholders more say on what to do with the funds... more »

USDA-ARS researchers recognized for achievements

The USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) recently recognized researchers for work that includes improving bee health to helping farmers control phosphorus runoff. A total of 12 researchers were honored April 23 for their scientific achievements.... more »

Deadline for USDA local market grants approaches

The USDA has Local Agricultural Market Program (LAMP) funds available to promote farmers markets, local food programs and regional food partnerships. Application deadlines for the grants are May 14. Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) This... more »

USDA asks for comments on fruit, vegetable committee

The USDA is seeking comments on its plans to renew the charter of the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee. USDA is set to renew the committee’s charter for two years as required by the... more »

Organic information toolkit available to retailers

The USDA has a new online retail toolkit of consumer-focused, educational resources to highlight the unique value of the organic label. Consumer research shows that consumers do not always understand what the organic label means.... more »

OFRF adds Spanish organic resource web page

Editor's note: Spanish-language version below. (Español abajo.) The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) is offering a free online course in Spanish, to emphasize the importance of improving soil health for raising crops. With partners at... more »

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