USDA and DOL Announce Information Sharing to Assist H-2A Employers

Dan Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration

(USDA) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to help facilitate the identification of foreign and domestic workers that may be available and eligible to transfer to other U.S. agricultural sector employers to fulfill critical workforce needs within the U.S. under existing regulatory …


Perdue Defends Brazilian Beef Import Decision

Dan Beef, Exports/Imports

Late last month, we told you the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) had reopened the door for imports of raw beef from Brazil into the U.S. The USDA said the world’s largest beef exporter had taken the right steps to improve its food-safety inspection system, bringing it up to U.S. standards. And in a story from Stephanie Ho, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue lays …

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USDA Provides Florida $4 million for Agricultural Pest and Disease Protection

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Pest/Pest Control

(USDA) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating $4 million to Florida as part of its effort to strengthen the nation’s infrastructure for pest detection and surveillance, identification, and threat mitigation, and to safeguard the U.S. nursery production system. Overall, USDA is providing almost $70 million in funding this year to support 386 projects in 48 states, The …


USDA Opens Wildfires and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+)

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

Sign up March 23, 2020, for Producers Impacted by Drought or Excess Moisture as well as Announces Provisions for Sugar Beet Producers (USDA) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced additional disaster assistance available to agricultural producers, including producers impacted by drought and excess moisture as well as sugar beet growers. Through WHIP+, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) …


USDA and EPA Announce Continued Commitment to Support Rural Water Systems

Dan Industry News Release, Water

(USDA) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will help rural water systems face the challenges of aging infrastructure, workforce shortages, increasing costs, limited management capacity and declining rate bases. Through this MOA, USDA and EPA will conduct joint activities to help rural water systems continue …


USDA Reminds Producers to Pay Their Crop Insurance Premiums by January 31

Taylor Hillman General

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) is reminding producers their crop insurance premiums for the 2019 crop year are due January 31. Under this change, policies that do not have the premium paid by that date will have interest attached on February 1, calculated from the date of the premium billing notice. USDA had deferred to …