USDA Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program Sign-Up Begins

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WASHINGTON, May 5, 2014 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that sign-up begins today for 2012 crop losses under the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program. The program, established by the 2008 Farm Bill, provides for one final period of eligibility for producers suffering crop losses caused by natural disasters occurring through Sept. 30, 2011, …

Ag Sec. Vilsack Announces Continued Progress on 2014 Farm Bill Implementation

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Major New Initiatives Established, Existing Programs Reformed in First 90 Days WASHINGTON, May 7, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced continued progress during the first 90 days of implementing the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill), which President Obama signed into law on February 7. The 2014 Farm Bill reforms agricultural policy, reduces the deficit, and …

Vilsack and CA Ag Leaders on the Importance of Commonsense Immigration Reform for California’s Economy

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack discusses the importance of commonsense immigration reform for California’s agriculture economy and rural communities. Secretary Vilsack was joined by President of the United Farm Workers Arturo Rodriguez and President of Nisei Farmers League Manuel Cunha. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack comments United Farm Workers Arturo Rodriguez comments President of Nisei Farmers League Manuel Cunha comments There are …

USDA Announces Effort to Cut Energy Costs for Farmers, Ranchers, Rural Small Businesses

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Up to $12.3 Million in Grants and $57.8 Million in Loan Guarantees Available In Rural Energy for America Program WASHINGTON, May 5, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is seeking applications from rural small businesses and agricultural producers for funding to make energy efficiency improvements or to install renewable energy systems. “Developing renewable energy presents

9 California Counties Make Top 10 List for Ag Sales in the U.S.

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Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the final 2012 Census of Agriculture results sharing a wide-range of information about what agricultural products were raised in the United States in 2012, and where, how and by whom they were grown. The data, which is reported at the

Statement from Ag Sec. Vilsack on Updated 2012 Census of Agriculture Data

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WASHINGTON, May 2, 2014— Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement on the updated 2012 Census of Agriculture data: “The Census results reiterate the continued need for policies that help grow the rural economy from the middle out. The data illustrate the power of USDA efforts to

USDA Announces Additional Support for Small and Midsized Farmers and Ranchers

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Second major small farmer package this year includes research awards, technical assistance and marketing support WASHINGTON, April 29, 2014 – Today, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced additional support and resources for America’s small and midsized farmers and ranchers. Today’s announcement includes $7 million in university research awards in support of small and midsized producers; $8.8 million in technical assistance for

Meeting to Focus on Future of CA Ag

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The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will discuss issues related to innovations, advancements and careers within the agricultural sector at its upcoming meeting on Tuesday, May 6th at the World Food Center at UC Davis. This meeting will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center, University of California, Davis One …

Governor Brown Issues Executive Order to Redouble State Drought Actions

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With California’s driest months ahead, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order to strengthen the state’s ability to manage water and habitat effectively in drought conditions and called on all Californians to redouble their efforts to conserve water. “The driest months are still to come in California and extreme drought conditions will get worse,” said Governor Brown. …

Additional Public Meeting Scheduled to Discuss CDFA’s New Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program

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SACRAMENTO, April 22, 2014 – Emergency drought legislation (SB 103) signed in March by Governor Brown allocates $10 million to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) for on-farm water conservation practices throughout the state. The funding will be used to establish the CDFA Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program, a grant program to increase

Drought Brings New Attention to Groundwater

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California Farm Bureau Federation Amid California’s deep drought, calls for strengthening groundwater management have gotten louder as water supplies have become tighter. Water experts say they anticipate policy debates on groundwater will pick up speed in coming weeks, and representatives from the California Farm Bureau Federation urged farmers and ranchers around the state to pay attention to the discussions. Statewide …

100% of California in Moderate to Exceptional Drought

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The newest Drought Monitor Map was released today by the USDA with the following for California: D2 and D3 expanded in northern California and parts of southern Oregon, with D2 spreading along coastal Oregon up to Lake County where precipitation deficits and low streamflows were most significant. D4 expanded further in the San Francisco Bay area and across all of …

Ag Secretary Vilsack Announces New Report on Scientific Breakthroughs from USDA in 2013

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New USDA Discoveries Led to 180 New Inventions, Include Flour that Prevents Weight Gain, Protections from Disease for U.S. Troops, Turning Grass Clippings to Energy WASHINGTON, April 23, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new report on scientific breakthroughs discovered by USDA researchers that led to new patents and inventions with the potential for commercial application and …

USDA Video: This Week @ USDA April 18

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USDA Announces Specialty Crop Block Grant Program-Historic Farm Bill Support Available through State Departments of Agriculture

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WASHINGTON, April 17, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of approximately $66 million in Specialty Crop Block Grants to state departments of agriculture for projects that help support specialty crop growers, including locally grown fruits and vegetables, through research, programs to increase demand, and more. The historic support provided by the Agricultural Act of …

Kubota Tractor Corporation Named ‘Dealer’s Choice’ for Second Consecutive Year

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TORRANCE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Kubota Tractor Corporation has received the number one rating and “Dealer’s Choice Award” among Tractor Manufacturers, according to the North American Equipment Dealers Association (NAEDA) 2014 Dealer-Manufacturer Relations Survey. “This award is