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Nominations for Fruit and Vegetable Advisory Committee close Sept. 3

The deadline to nominate specialty crop stakeholders to serve on the Fruit and Vegetable Advisory Committee is Sept. 3. The Secretary of Agriculture w... continue reading »

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USDA marking 2026 as International Year of the Woman Farmer

The USDA plans to celebrate and help support female growers as part of the International Year of the Woman Farmer initiative in 2026. The United Na... continue reading »

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Crop insurance options for specialty and organic growers to expand

Specialty crop and organic growers will have expanded crop insurance options beginning with the 2025 crop year. USDA’s Risk Management Agency is ... continue reading »

USDA investing $83M to help boost domestic fertilizer production

The USDA is investing $83 million in 12 states in domestic fertilizer projects designed to strengthen competition and lower costs for U.S. farmers, ra... continue reading »

USDA: US ag exports generated $412B economic output in 2022

The value of U.S. agricultural exports totaled $197.4 billion in 2022 and generated $214.6 billion in economic activity for a total economic output of... continue reading »

Bill would increase Specialty Crop Block Grant program funding

A bill introduced by two U.S. senators would increase the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant program authorization by $15 million and give growers more s... continue reading »

IFPA joins industry praise of finalized WIC program updates

The International Fresh Produce Association joined nutritional policy experts in welcoming this month’s finalized updates to the Special Supplementa... continue reading »

Farmer-focused data resource now available nationwide

All 50 U.S. states now have access to the local dashboard, an online collection of farming data and USDA resources first launched in Iowa ... continue reading »

USDA to renew Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee charter

The USDA will renew the charter of the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee for two years. The organization’s current charter expires May... continue reading »

USDA proposed rule would raise assessment rate for Florida-grown tomatoes

The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has issued a proposed rule to raise the assessment rate for tomatoes grown in Florida from 2.5 cents to 3.... continue reading »