USDA Provides over $75 Million in State and National Projects Regarding Agriculture and Natural Resources

Dan Agri-Business, Specialty Crops, USDA, USDA-APHIS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced its investment of more than $75 million to state and national projects regarding agriculture and natural resources. More than $5 million will be dedicated to the state of Florida and more than $70 million will be utilized towards protecting the United States from invasive plants and species.   FLORIDA FUNDING   The USDA’s Animal …

Pesticide Data Program

USDA Releases 2022 Pesticide Data Program Annual Summary

Dan Pest/Pest Control, Specialty Crops, USDA, USDA-AMS, USDA-EPA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the 2022 Pesticide Data Program (PDP) Annual Summary, which shows that over 99% of the samples tested had pesticide residues below benchmark levels established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The tests were conducted on 10,665 samples from 23 commodities including fresh and processed fruits and vegetables, dairy, nuts and grains.   The PDP …


Deputy Secretary Xochitl Torres Small Continues College Tour with Visit to University of Florida

Dan Agri-Business, Education, Florida, USDA, USDA-NIFA

Visit underscores Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to Land-Grant Institutions, Includes Specialty Crop Roundtable The visit is part of Deputy Secretary Torres Small’s College Tour, which began earlier this month, and continues over several weeks.  (GAINESVILLE, FL, Jan. 26, 2024) – U.S. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Xochitl Torres Small visited the University of Florida (UF) on Friday, January 26, to highlight the U.S. Department …

USDA Works to Expand Asian Export Markets

Will Jordan Beef, Cattle, Exports/Imports, Marketing, Trade, USDA

by Will Jordan It’s no secret that U.S. Beef is the preferred protein domestically and abroad. Asia is ever expanding as a major market for U.S red meat exports. As market access expands export trade adds more value to cattle on the hoof. I visited with Alexis Taylor, USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, to learn more …

natural disaster

Northwest Georgia Counties Designated as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

Dan Agri-Business, Crop Insurance, Drought, Economy, Georgia, Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA), USDA

(GDAC/Atlanta, GA/Nov. 6, 2023) — For the first time in four years, Georgia has been impacted by extreme drought conditions, negatively impacting our state’s agricultural industry. Last week, United States Department of Agriculture Secretary (USDA) Tom Vilsack issued a natural disaster declaration for four Georgia counties for following a sustained period of drought. Impacted counties include Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, and Walker, which have sustained …

sheep study

USDA Conducting Sheep Study in 2024

Dan Sheep-Goats, USDA

USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) conducts a national sheep study approximately every ten years, and will do so again next year. The Sheep 2024 Study will support industry groups and research efforts with new information on sheep health and management. The study consists of two phases and includes biological sampling and two questionnaires. A random selection of almost …


USDA Announces Projects to Boost Access to Green Space for Millions

Dan Agri-Business, Environment, Forestry, Funding, Greenhouse Gas, USDA

Historic funding from President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act will increase urban tree cover, boost equitable access to nature, and improve climate resilience in communities covered by the Justice40 Initiative (USDA/WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2023) — Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Forest Service is awarding more than $1 billion in competitive grants to plant and maintain …


USDA FSA Available to Assist Agricultural Producers with Hurricane Idalia Recovery

Dan Crop Insurance, Economy, USDA, USDA-FSA

Florida agricultural operations have been significantly impacted by Hurricane Idalia and related weather events, for assistance please call the USDA FSA Producer Hotline: 1-877-508-8364 M-F 8am-8pm or email SM.FPAC.FSA.FLFSA.Disaster@USDA.GOV – please indicate the County of loss in the Subject Line. FSA offers a variety of programs to help farmers, ranchers, communities, and businesses that have been hard-hit by natural disaster events. FSA disaster assistance program …


Biden-Harris Administration Invests $150M to Connect Underserved and Small Acreage Forest Landowners to Emerging Climate Markets?as part of Investing in America Agenda

Dan Agri-Business, Economy, Forestry, Funding, USDA

(USDA/BRUNSWICK, GA/August 22, 2023) — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service is making $150 million from President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, the largest climate investment in history, available to help underserved and small acreage forest landowners connect to emerging voluntary climate markets. These markets can provide economic opportunities for landowners and incentivize improved forest health …