$16.8 Million to Encourage SNAP Participants to Purchase Healthy Foods

$16.8 Million to Encourage SNAP Participants to Purchase Healthy Foods (WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 7, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced 32 grants totaling $16.8 million to help Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants increase their purchases of fruits and vegetables.  The program is operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).  The funding comes from the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. “These grants help provide low income families with the resources they

Trump’s Trade Pullout Roils Rural America

Trump’s Trade Pullout Roils Rural America After the U.S. pullout of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, other nations launch 27 separate negotiations to undercut U.S. exporters. By ADAM BEHSUDI EAGLE GROVE, Iowa—On a cloud-swept landscape dotted with grain elevators, a meat producer called Prestage Farms is building a 700,000-square-foot processing plant. The gleaming new factory is both the great hope of Wright County, which voted by a 2-1 margin for Donald Trump, and the victim of one of Trump’s first policy moves, his decision to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership…….  

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Proclaims National Farmers Market Week

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Proclaims National Farmers Market Week Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue signing a proclamation. WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2017 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has proclaimed Aug. 6-13 to be National Farmers Market Week. This is the eighteenth year USDA has supported local producers by encouraging families to meet, and buy from, the farmers and other vendors at their local farmers market. The proclamation Perdue signed notes farmers markets and other agricultural direct marketing outlets contribute approximately $9 billion each year to the U.S. economy and “serve as

USDA Authorizes Emergency Grazing in Drought-Stricken MT, ND and SD

USDA Authorizes Emergency Grazing in Drought-Stricken MT, ND and SDUSDA Authorizes Emergency Grazing in Drought-Stricken MT, ND and SD WASHINGTON, June 23, 2017 – Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.  All or parts of these states are experiencing severe or extreme drought conditions – indicated as categories D2 and D3 on the U.S. Drought Monitor. “Due to reduced availability of forage, ranchers in the hardest hit locations have already been culling their herds,” said

Perdue Names Leadership in Acting Roles as USDA Reorganization Takes Shape

Perdue Names Leadership in Acting Roles as USDA Reorganization Takes Shape (Washington, DC, June 16, 2017) – Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today named three individuals who will take on leadership roles as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues the reorganization announced on May 11, 2017.  In accordance with a directive in the 2014 Farm Bill, USDA created a new Under Secretary of Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs as part of a realignment of several mission areas.  The reorganization also included a reconstituted mission area reporting to a newly-named

Increased Access to Chinese Market for US Dairy Exporters

Increased Access to Chinese Market for US Dairy Exporters Memorandum of Understanding Between FDA and the Chinese Government Outlines Registration Process for U.S. Dairy Food Facilities WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States and China signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Thursday that will increase access to China for more than 200 U.S. dairy exporters in the short-term and paves the way for additional U.S. entrants in the future. The action creates new, sizeable opportunities for dairy farmers and processors, and the milk, cheese, infant formula and ingredients they produce. After more

USDA Seeks Nominees to the National Dairy Board

USDA Seeks Nominees to the National Dairy Board WASHINGTON, June 8, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominations for the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board. Nominations must be submitted by July 10, 2017. The Secretary of Agriculture will appoint 12 dairy producers and one importer to serve 3-year terms beginning Nov. 1, 2017, and ending Oct. 31, 2020. The selected representatives will replace board members whose terms expire Oct. 31, 2017. Nominations will be accepted from the following regions: Region 1 (Alaska, Oregon, and Washington),

U.S., China Finalize Details to Send U.S. Beef to China

U.S., China Finalize Details to Send U.S. Beef to China (Washington, D.C., June 12, 2017) – As part of the U.S.-China 100-Day Action plan announced on May 11, 2017 by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin, the Trump Administration today has taken important steps toward commercial shipment of U.S. beef and beef products to China for the first time since 2003.  These shipments are results of the U.S.-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue co-chaired by Secretary Ross and Secretary Mnuchin for the United States

U.S. Dairy and NAFTA Exports

U.S. Dairy and NAFTA Exports The NAFTA agreement series continues our focus on commodities with a look at trade in dairy and dairy products. In 2016, nearly 40 percent of all U.S. dairy product exports made their way to our NAFTA partners, but recent moves by the governments of the United States, Mexico and Canada could lead to a change in the important Mexican and Canadian markets. A recent Market Intel article Canada Closes Door on U.S. Dairy Farmers reviews the recent concern in the dairy industry related to ultra-filtered

What the proposed 20% cut in farm subsidies mean for your grocery bill

What the proposed 20% cut in farm subsidies mean for your grocery bill The Trump administration wants to slash $4.8 billion from the $23 billion in subsidies currently given to farmers each year. Farm groups and Farm Belt politicians have vigorously complained about the effects of the Trump administration’s proposed $4.8 billion in annual cuts to the $23 billion in subsidies currently given to farmers. They argue the cuts will hurt agricultural production, raise food prices and make ordinary households worse off……..   Source: What the proposed 20% cut in

Perdue Statement on Visit to Toronto

Perdue Statement on Visit to Toronto Perdue Statement on Visit to Toronto, First International Trip as Secretary of Agriculture (Washington, DC, June 5, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today completed a trip to Toronto, marking his first international trip as secretary.  Perdue conducted a series of meetings with Canadian officials, including Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay and current Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne, regarding bilateral trade issues of importance.  Among other issues, Perdue raised the topic of American ultra-filtered milk that has been a

Perdue’s First Visit To Canada As Ag Secretary

Perdue’s First Visit To Canada As Ag Secretary Click the play button below to listen to the USDA Radio News NAFTA renegotiations and dairy issues were some of the topics the Agriculture Secretary discussed with Canadian leaders Monday as part of his first international trip as Secretary. (Rod Bain and Secretary Sonny Perdue) Perdue’s First Visit To Canada As Ag Secretary

Perdue Visits Toronto, First International Trip as Secretary of Agriculture

Perdue Visits Toronto, First International Trip as Secretary of Agriculture (Washington, DC, June 5, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today completed a trip to Toronto, marking his first international trip as secretary.  Perdue conducted a series of meetings with Canadian officials, including Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay and current Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne, regarding bilateral trade issues of importance.  Among other issues, Perdue raised the topic of American ultra-filtered milk that has been a point of disagreement between the U.S. and Canada. Perdue

USDA raises livestock, poultry, dairy export forecast

 USDA raises livestock, poultry, dairy export forecast The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in its latest “Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade,” raised the livestock, poultry and dairy export forecast by $600 million to $28.7 billion, almost entirely due to higher anticipated shipments of red meat and products. See more at: http://www.feedstuffs.com/markets/usda-raises-livestock-poultry-dairy-export-forecast USDA raises livestock, poultry, dairy export forecast

Sonny Perdue comments on President Trump’s Paris Accord Announcement

Sonny Perdue comments on President Trump’s Paris Accord Announcement “President Trump promised that he would put America first and he has rightly determined that the Paris accord was not in the best interests of the United States.  In addition to costing our economy trillions of dollars and millions of jobs, the accord also represented a willful and voluntary ceding of our national sovereignty.  The agreement would have had negligible impact on world temperatures, especially since other countries and major world economies were not being held to the same stringent standards