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USDA invests $1 million in two South Carolina healthy feeding projects

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has granted $1 million in funds to two South Carolina organizations working to improve dietary health and nutrition in their communities. The grants are part of the $8 million available nationwide through the USDA's American Rescue Plan and will be administered through the organization's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
COLUMBIA, SC
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Herald & Review

USDA increases funding to safeguard, restore wetland ecosystems

CHAMPAIGN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing up to $20 million in fiscal 2023 to help conservation partners nationwide protect and restore critical wetlands through the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is prioritizing proposals that support efforts to mitigate climate change by restoring wetlands while also prioritizing assistance to underserved communities.
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Agriculture Online

Black farm leader calls for USDA foreclosure moratorium

Senators were wrong in repealing a program for $4 billion in debt relief for socially disadvantaged farmers, said John Boyd, president of the National Black Farmers Association, on Tuesday. A Virginia farmer, Boyd called on President Biden to declare a moratorium on USDA farm foreclosures while Congress worked on a new relief plan.
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USDA Celebrates 30th Anniversary of SNAP-Ed at a California School

Posted by Mary Kay Gominger, Public Affairs Director, Western Region Food and Nutrition Service in Food and Nutrition Nutrition Security. In honor of the 30th Anniversary of SNAP-Ed, Western Regional Administrator, Jesus Mendoza, Jr., and I attended Rosemary Elementary School in Campbell, CA. The local SNAP-Ed team – which is officially referred to as CalFresh Healthy Living – led a presentation on nutrition education and discussed the importance of every kid eating well-balanced meals.
CAMPBELL, CA
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Md. Attorney General joins coalition supporting proposed USDA rule change

MARYLAND – Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is joining a coalition of ten other AGs to advocate for chicken growers. The coalition is backing a proposed United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) rule that aims to increase transparency in the industry. “What we’re talking about here is a situation...
MARYLAND STATE

Idaho AG supports new USDA rule meant to get poultry growers fair agreements with processors

The attorneys general of 10 states, including Idaho’s Lawrence Wasden, are backing a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that is meant to get poultry growers fair agreements with meat processors, but they want stronger oversight. The proposal would require poultry dealers to provide information to producers about the minimum number of chicks […] The post Idaho AG supports new USDA rule meant to get poultry growers fair agreements with processors appeared first on Idaho Capital Sun.
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Senate sits on Esteban nomination as USDA’s Under Secretary for Food Safety

Any hope that the U.S. Senate would confirm Jose Emilio Esteban as USDA’s Under Secretary for Food Safety before the late summer break is gone. The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry has not scheduled a nomination hearing for Esteban. President Biden nominated him for the nation’s top food safety job nine months ago, on Nov. 15, 2021.
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USDA invests in outreach programs for farmers and ranchers

ARKANSAS, USA — The Arkansas Farm Service Agency (FSA) will be investing in two outreach and education efforts for farmers and ranchers— including those who are new to agriculture or who have been historically underserved by USDA programs. FSA announced that $10 million will go towards the new...
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USDA Invests Nearly $8M to Improve Dietary Health and Nutrition Security

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of nearly $8 million to support the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) Produce Prescription Program. The funding is part of USDA’s American Rescue Plan efforts and will be administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
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USDA expands funding of produce as medicine programs

USDA expands funding of produce as medicine programs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is using $8 million to support “prescription” programs that pay for fresh fruits and vegetables to improve the health of consumers. The Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) is part of USDA’s American Rescue Plan...
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Proposed USDA rule change would affect NC poultry farmers

A lot has changed in the poultry business since the Packers and Stockyard Act became law in 1921. A handful of companies like Tyson Foods and Perdue Farms control the industry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that means farmers have little say in contracts with these large processors. USDA...
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USDA Allocates $8M for Fruit, Vegetable Purchases

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday announced the availability of nearly $8 million to support the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) Produce Prescription Program. The funding is part of USDA’s American Rescue Plan efforts and will be administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and...
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USDA data show farm production expenses up 30 percent

MANHATTAN, Kan. July 29, 2022 – Farm and ranch production expenditures for Kansas totaled $22.6 billion in 2021, up 30% from a year earlier, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Livestock expenses, the largest expenditure category, at $6.76 billion, increased 24% from 2020. Feed, the next largest expense category, at $3.87 billion, increased 57% from 2020. Rent, the third largest total expense category at $2.10 billion, increased 58% from 2020.
KANSAS STATE
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USDA Announces 2nd Food Loss and Waste Innovation Fair

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that it will hold the second virtual USDA Food Loss and Waste Innovation Fair on September 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT. The fair will showcase the latest food loss and waste mitigation technologies, innovations and programs developed...
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USDA revises rules for school lunches; new prices for upcoming year

Parents across the country, including in Guthrie, will notice changes in the school lunch pricing from what has been in place over the last two years. Last night, the Guthrie Board of Education approved the price for meals served to students. The board approved a 10-cent increase for all breakfast...
GUTHRIE, OK