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USDA sees slow growth in vegetable production

U.S. production of vegetables and pulse crops is projected to grow just 4% from 2022 to 2033, according to the USDA’s recently released long-term outlook report. The growth, slower than the past decade, reflects rising... more »

USDA NASS releases 2022 Census of Agriculture results

The 2022 Census of Agriculture results are now available from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). This report offers more than six million data points about U.S. farmers and farming operations. The 2022 Census... more »

USDA launches Climate Corps training program

The USDA has launched the Working Lands Climate Corps initiative to train the next generation of conservation and climate leaders. As part of the American Climate Corps initiative, the Working Lands Climate Corps will provide... more »

MyPlate.gov names Brighter Bites strategic partner

Brighter Bites, a national nonprofit that delivers fresh fruits and vegetables directly  to families, has been named a National Strategic Partner of MyPlate.gov. Through this partnership, Brighter Bites joins a large variety of organizations and... more »

USDA releases report on pesticide residues

The USDA has released its Pesticide Data Program (PDP) report focused on 2022 sampling results, which shows that more than 99% of all foods sampled had residues well below Environmental Protection Agency safety standards, if... more »

Specialty crops sector investments touted

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing in programs designed to support the U.S. specialty crops industry, including promoting exports and funding a maximum residue limits (MRL) database. The launch of the Assisting Specialty... more »

Fresh produce advisory committee meets in February

The USDA Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC) is preparing for its next meeting. The committee will have a virtual meeting from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern on March 4-5, 2024. The USDA... more »

USDA invests $3 Million in farmer risk management training

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) is awarding up to $3 million for cooperative agreements to educate underserved, small-scale and organic producers on risk management and climate-smart practices. RMA’s Risk Management Education... more »

Market access, development programs receive $203M in funding

More than $203 million will be awarded to nearly 70 agricultural organizations to help expand U.S. food and agricultural export markets through two USDA programs. USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service is distributing the funds through the... more »

Application deadline approaching for specialty crop growers on-farm food safety expenses program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds specialty crop growers that assistance is available for producers who incur eligible on-farm food safety program expenses to obtain or renew a food safety certification through the Food... more »

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