$250 Million Investment to Support Innovative American-made Fertilizer

Jim Rogers Fertilizer, Industry News Release, USDA-AMS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing it will support additional fertilizer production for American farmers to address rising costs, including the impact of Putin’s price hike on farmers, and spur competition. USDA will make available $250 million through a new grant program this summer to support independent, innovative and sustainable American fertilizer production to supply American farmers. Additionally, …


USDA Names Alternate Member for Georgia to the National Peanut Board

Dan Industry News Release, Peanuts

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the appointment of Casey Cox, Camilla, Ga., to fill a vacant seat as an alternate on the National Peanut Board. The three-year term will begin Jan. 1, 2019.  The board is made up of 12 producer members and their alternates. Eleven members and alternates are from the primary peanut producing states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, …

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Establishing the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard

Dan Biotechnology, Industry News Release

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard. The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law, passed by Congress in July of 2016, directed USDA to establish this national mandatory standard for disclosing foods that are or may be bioengineered. The Standard requires food manufacturers, importers and certain retailers to ensure bioengineered foods are appropriately disclosed. “The …


FDACS Accepting Applications for Specialty Crop Grants

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Specialty Crops

Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is now accepting applications for $4 million in expected federal funding for the Florida Specialty Crop Block Grant program. The deadline to submit an application to the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is Jan. 11, 2019. The grant, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, …


USDA Announces Investment to Expand Markets for Specialty Crop and Other Farmers

Dan Industry News Release, Specialty Crops

Under Secretary Greg Ibach announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $102.7 million to increase opportunities for farmers, ranchers and other growers across the country through five grant programs. The funding supports a variety of locally-led projects intended to expand markets for local food promotion and specialty crops. “Every state has agricultural priorities that contribute to the …


USDA Announces Streamlined Purchase Program to Supply Nutrition Assistance Programs with American Farm Products

Dan Industry News Release

$177.4 million in Commodity Purchases Announced U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach announced up to $177.4 million in purchases for nutrition assistance programs using a new streamlined process. The American-grown products that will be purchased will be provided to families in need through USDA’s nutrition assistance programs. “USDA is taking a more proactive …

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Perdue Names Bruce Summers AMS Administrator

Dan Industry News Release

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of Bruce Summers as the Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), part of the Marketing and Regulatory Programs mission area. “During his many years at the department, Bruce Summers has earned a reputation for excellence and effectiveness,” Secretary Sonny Perdue said. “As the Acting …

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USDA Highlights Feedback from Stakeholders in Review of Livestock Mandatory Reporting Program

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Livestock

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) submitted a Report to Congress that reviews the Livestock Mandatory Reporting (LMR) Program and includes feedback from a broad range of stakeholders.  The program gets its authority through the LMR Act of 1999, which must be reauthorized by Congress every five years, and the most recent reauthorization was in 2015. …


USDA Launches MARS

Dan Industry News Release

Delivering Market Data to Agricultural Producers Around the Globe Faster and Easier The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced the launch of a new electronic data platform to deliver market price information to the commodities industry. The new web-based platform, Market Analysis and Reporting Services (MARS), uses state-of-the-art technology to present detailed data sets in a …