USDA welcomes Christopher “Chris” Purdy to SCP

The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service announced it has selected Christopher "Chris" Purdy as the new Deputy Administrator of the Specialty Crops Program (SCP). The information was provided in an e... more »

USDA selects Christopher Purdy as new deputy administrator of the Specialty Crops Program

In an email to Specialty Crop Stakeholders, the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service announced it has selected Christopher "Chris" Purdy as the new Deputy Administrator of the Specialty Crops Program... more »

USDA invests $2 Million to train farmers in risk management

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that funds are available, up to $2 million, for cooperative agreements for risk management education and training programs that support farmers and rancher... more »

USDA completes environmental assessment for Spotted Lanternfly Control Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) completed a supplemental environmental assessment (EA), as required under the National Environmental Policy Ac... more »

USDA offers new, simplified direct loan application for producers

USDA is now offering a new, simplified direct loan application for all producers seeking a direct farm loan from the Farm Service Agency (FSA). The new application is 13 pages, compared to the former ... more »

Meeting to discuss U.S. standards for grades of inshell and shelled pecans set for Feb. 28

Due to the complexity of the revisions, USDA-AMS Specialty Crop Inspection Division wants to provide an opportunity to meet and clarify language in specific sections of the proposed standards. more »

Funding opportunity: AFRI – Sustainable Agricultural Systems

The program seeks creative and visionary applications that take a systems approach to significantly improve the supply of affordable, safe, nutritious and accessible agricultural products, while fostering economic development and rural prosperity in America. more »

USDA announces Conservation Reserve Program signup for 2023

CRP is a cornerstone voluntary conservation program to address climate change and help agricultural communities invest in the long-term well-being of their land and natural resources.   more »
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USDA provides more than $70 million to protect crops and natural resources from invasive pests and diseases

These projects allow USDA and its partners to quickly detect and respond to invasive plant pests and diseases. USDA has provided nearly $809 million in funding through the Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program since 2009. more »

NASDA to host first “A Taste of the States: Las Vegas” at SIAL America to promote ag exports

In 2022, NASDA’s trade promotion activities led to over $54 million in projected export sales and over 100 companies acquiring new export markets for their business. This food event is geared toward increasing U.S. food and agriculture exports. more »

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