Gutter Becomes USDA’s First Military Vets Ag Liaison

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A Marine Corps Reserve veteran becomes the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) first Military Veterans Agricultural (MVA) Liaison. This news release from USDA says Karis T. Gutter, the current USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services (FFAS), will serve in the role to facilitate formal relationships between USDA and other government agencies and non-profit organizations to strengthen …

Government, USDA

Secretary Vilsack Praises Farm Broadcasters

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Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack began his press conference at the 2014 National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention by thanking those who attended for their work. “Obviously without your voices and without your access to audiences across the country, we wouldn’t be as successful in terms of getting the messages about the implementation of this new farm bill,” said Vilsack. …

Audio, Government, NAFB, USDA

USDA Announces Veterans and Youth Projects

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In observance of Veterans Day, USDA and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) announced partners and projects that will be funded in this fiscal year to provide job and training opportunities to veterans and youth. “This landmark partnership with AmeriCorps to jointly support service opportunities for youth and veterans is an all-around win for our young people and …

Forestry, USDA

USDA Seeks Input on New Beef Checkoff

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The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service is seeking input on the development of a new industry-funded promotion, research and information order for beef. The new order would be in addition to the existing beef checkoff program, providing American beef producers with more resources for the marketing of their products and research to help strengthen the country’s beef industry. “Beef industry representatives …

Beef, Beef Checkoff, USDA

Listening Sessions Planned on Pollinator Strategy

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and USDA are hosting two public listening sessions this month for stakeholders to provide input to assist the Pollinator Health Task Force in development of a federal strategy to protect honey bees and other pollinators. The Task Force is asking for input on the types of activities that could be part of the strategy, including …

Bees, Farming, Government, USDA

2014 Ag Exports Officially Set Record

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released its final total for fiscal year 2014 agricultural exports and they are indeed a new record. The final tally was a big $152.5 billion, an increase of $11.5 billion or eight percent from last year’s record $141 billion. “American farmers and ranchers have once again achieved another year of record exports Agricultural exports …

Exports, USDA

FFA – You are the Future

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke to FFA members in attendance for one of the opening sessions at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo this morning. He speaks at many different venues, but said this audience is the hardest because he is following young people who are very well spoken, don’t use any notes and never skip a beat. “This …

Ag Group, Agriculture Education, Audio, FFA, FMC, Government, USDA

New USDA Ag Census Maps App Puts Info in Farmers’ Hands

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A new tool offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture will let producers see and analyze more data. The agency’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is now offering the Ag Census Web Maps application, a dynamic online tool that gives users rapid access to Census of Agriculture maps and data about crops and plants, livestock and animals, economics, farms, and …

Agribusiness, Apps, USDA

Corn Growers Part of White House Women in Ag Event

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A Past President of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) was part of a White House ceremony last week recognizing women is agriculture. Pam Johnson joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden for the Dialogue on Women Leaders in Agriculture, along with more than thirty participants representing ag associations, businesses and higher education, including …