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USDA to Make Up to $1.15 Billion Available to Help People Living in Rural Communities Access High-Speed Internet

22 Oct 2021
GENESEO, Ill., Oct. 22, 2021 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a significant expansion of access to high-speed internet, health care and educational services for millions of rural Americans nationwide. Today’s announcement continues to move forward President Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda by prioritizin...

Joint Statement from U.S. and Mexican Agriculture Secretaries

20 Oct 2021
AMES, IOWA, Oct. 20, 2021 – Mexican Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development Victor Villalobos and United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack issued the following statement at the conclusion of their bilateral meeting in Ames, Iowa.

Biden Administration Takes Action to Complete Study of Boundary Waters Area Watershed

20 Oct 2021
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2021 – Today the Departments of Agriculture and the Interior announced actions to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and surrounding watershed in northeastern Minnesota, a unique natural wonder and one of the jewels of the National Wilderness Preservation System.

USDA Now Accepting Grant Applications for Wood Products, Energy

19 Oct 2021
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2021 – Deputy Agriculture Secretary Dr. Jewel Bronaugh announced today approximately $13 million in new funding opportunities to support market innovation in wood products and wood energy. The announcement came during a “Leaders for the Built Environment” virtual event and kicks off National Forest Products Week as proclaimed b...

USDA and EPA Announce Winners of the Next Gen Fertilizer Innovations Challenge

19 Oct 2021
WASHINGTON, October 19, 2021 - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the winners of the Next Gen Fertilizer Innovations Challenge, the second of a two-part, joint USDA-EPA Partnership and Competition on Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizers (EEFs) to Advance Agricultural Sustainability in t...
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