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AppHarvest gets $50 million in USDA funding for high-tech indoor farm

AppHarvest Inc. has secured $50 million across two loans guaranteed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The sustainable food com... continue reading »

USDA adds funding for local, regional food producers to expand markets

The USDA announced March 1 supplemental American Rescue Plan Act funding for the Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP). The program will receive ... continue reading »

USDA seeks organic produce data

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is conducting the 2021 Organic Survey to gather new data on certified organic crops and lives... continue reading »

Food Safety Modernization Act training grants coming from USDA-NIFA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will invest $10 million in 21 grants to develop and i... continue reading »

Fresh Produce Procurement Reform Act introduced, lauded by United Fresh

On Sept. 21, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Connecticut) introduced the Fresh Produce Procurement Reform Act — legislation that will give USDA the to... continue reading »

Organic producers can apply for aid to cover certification costs

Organic producers and handlers can now apply for USDA funds to assist with the cost of receiving or maintaining organic certification. Applications... continue reading »

USDA applauds strengthening of ‘Made in USA’ standard

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released the following statement following the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) vote to strengthen its enforcement... continue reading »

USDA to offer $41.8 million in drought-related incentives

In response to historic drought conditions, the USDA is offering $41.8 million through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to help agr... continue reading »

USDA commits $4 billion to strengthening food supply chain

Citing lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and recent supply chain disruptions, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced June 8 plan... continue reading »

USDA releases canned fruit commodity specifications

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released its commodity specifications for canned fruit, which are effective May 2021. The document in... continue reading »