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USDA and Microsoft Test Co-Built APIs With Food Resiliency Challenge

Building on the partnership that created the CropScape and VegScape APIs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Microsoft have announced the Innovation Challenge for Food Resilience. The challenge invites public and private entities to address climate change's impact on the U.S. food supply.

USDA says marketing orders not exempt from antitrust laws

In a strong reminder to employees and committee members, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a rule stating marketing orders and marketing agreements for fruits, vegetables and specialty crops are not exempt from U.S. antitrust laws.

USDA promotes Prieto to general counsel

Jeffrey Prieto has been promoted to U.S Department of Agriculture general counsel.

USDA sanctions Top Choice Produce, two others

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on three produce companies for failure to pay Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act reparation awards, according to a USDA news release.

Mid-year cattle inventory confirms expansion. Ag Minute for July 28, 2015

USDA's July 1 cattle inventory report verifies beef herd expansion with increases in beef cow and heifer replacement numbers. Click here for full story.

USDA to Update Food Safety Practices Survey Data From Producers, Processors

(This blog post by Shareefah Jackson, a statistician and program manager with USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, was originally posted here on July 21, 2015.) As the mom of a young boy, I am eager to learn more about the activities of growers and processors who supply my family and millions of others with our fruits... Continue Reading

Deputy Agriculture Secretary Returns to Her Roots

It was a homecoming for Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden at the 2015 Southern Peanut Growers Conference. The number two person at the USDA was raised on a peanut farm in Camilla, Georgia so she felt right at home. “That’s what qualifies me for my job, that’s what gives me my passion and my love and the ability to... Read More

USDA measures feral swine impact on US farms

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched a survey of US crop producers to measure the impact that feral swine have on their crops and livestock.

Commodities Report

As predicted, wheat prices did indeed jump following the latest USDA report. Given the issues with flooding (1, 2, ) in other parts of the planet, eg South-East Asia, we can probably expect more upward price pressure on foodstuffs in...Show More Summary

Big price jump following next crop report

The next major USDA international crop report is due August 12, 2010. Watch for a big jump in prices thereafter... surprise to the upside folks (unless you are a humanitarian, in which case you'll consider it as a crash to the downside)... Show More Summary

Strong Longstanding Partnership with USDA Rural Development

The Center for Rural Affairs and the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project have had a fruitful, win-win partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development for many years.   The very first federal grant REAP received to begin our Hispanic Business Center work was a USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant in 2004. Show More Summary

USDA and Microsoft announces Innovation Challenge for food resilience in the US

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Microsoft Research are sponsoring the Innovation Challenge, a competition to develop data-driven software applications that help visualize and explore how climate change will affect the resiliency of food systems in the United States. Show More Summary

Illinois seeks USDA disaster declaration due to flooding

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Governor Bruce Rauner of Illinois, a top producer of soybeans and corn, on Thursday formally requested that U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack declare a disaster in counties hit hard by flooding.

Bird flu vaccine developed for chickens

USDA says vaccine protects chickens and is being tested in turkeys amid outbreak that's killed millions of birds

Kansas company posts PACA surety bond

DGS Acquisitions LLC, Kansas City, Kan., has posted a $200,000 surety bond with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to a USDA news release.

Congress continues to intervene in Dietary Guidelines

Let’s review where we are on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) filed its scientific report in February.  More than 25,000 people filed comments.  Now, USDA and Health and Human Services staff must deal with the comments and write the actual dietary guidelines, the policy document scheduled for release […]

Proposed Legislation Will Allow Firefighters to Shoot Drones Over Wildfires

Image: USDA Sometimes it seems like partisanship along party lines has ground the American political system to a halt, but there are still a few things that Democrats and Republicans can agree on. For example, California AssemblymanShow More Summary

USDA releases $85.8M in funding for rural broadband projects in 7 states

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture has put forward an additional $85 million in funding that it says is dedicated to increasing broadband Internet access in seven states. This funding consists of $74.8 million in telecom loans and $11 million in Community Connect grants.

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