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Blue Diamond launches its USDA grant program

Blue Diamond Growers launched its USDA Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities Grant Program with its 3,000 grower-owners this week. The program is a major step in expanding the use of climate-smar... more »

USDA, WSU break ground on new agricultural research facility

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Plant Sciences Building that will house scientists from the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and ... more »
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Congressional ag funding delays criticized by Rural Voices

Rural Voices USA, an organization that promotes the interests of rural Americans, is expressing opposition to Republican efforts delaying passage of the U.S. Department of Agriculture FY24 funding bil... more »

USDA invests $33 million to support research, Extension and education projects

The USDA announced an investment of more than $33 million to support capacity-building efforts at 1890 Land-grant Universities. This investment, administered through USDA’s National Institute of Foo... more »

New agricultural officers sworn into foreign service

Alexis M. Taylor, under secretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs for USDA, administered the oath of office to 11 employees of USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service who will serve American ... more »

Georgia, Southeast counties named disaster areas after March freeze

The United States Department of Agriculture has declared 18 Georgia counties as primary natural disaster areas. The disaster declaration follows March freezes that damaged Georgia’s peach and pec... more »

USDA working group to battle spotted lanternflies

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has introduced a strategic plan to battle spotted lanternflies, pest that harms many fruit, vegetable and nut crops. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection S... more »

Varroa mites and deformed wing virus impacts on honeybees

Controlling for Varroa mites, the parasitic mites that feed on honeybees and serve as vectors for viral diseases like deformed wing virus (DWV), can help with improving honeybee populations and make b... more »

USDA seeks applications for Chile agribusiness trade mission

The USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service is accepting applications from U.S. exporters for a trade mission to Santiago, Chile. Trade mission Networking During the week of Sep. 25-29, U.S. agribusi... more »

A map of the rusty patched bumble bee’s genome offers new approach to saving this pollinator

A detailed, high-resolution map of the rusty patched bumble bee's genome has been released by USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) scientists, offering... more »

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