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The Importance of a Strong Safety Net by Ag Sec’y Tom Vilsack

Jan 17th @ 7:27 am

At the beginning of this New Year, we at USDA are redoubling our efforts to achieve an adequate, defensible safety net for producers, more economic opportunity through the biobased economy, safe and nutritious food for Americans, robust efforts to carry out research and greater conservation of our natural resources. To further our efforts in these [...]

USDA Finalizes New Microloan Program

Jan 15th @ 12:14 pm

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new microloan program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designed to help small and family operations, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers secure loans under $35,000. The new microloan program is aimed at bolstering the progress of producers through their start-up years by providing needed resources and helping [...]

597 Counties in 14 States Are Drought Disaster Areas

Jan 9th @ 11:17 am

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today designated 597 counties in 14 states (including Delta, Garfield, Hinsdale, Mesa, Montrose & San Miguel Counties) as primary natural disaster areas due to drought and heat, making all qualified farm operators in the areas eligible for low-interest emergency loans. These are the first disaster designations made by the U.S. Department [...]