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COVID-19 Grants Available For Washington Aquaculture
COVID-19 Grants Available For Washington Aquaculture
Because of the pandemic, many businesses and industry were forced to adopt new restrictions and guidelines very quickly, including the aquaculture industry.  But, thanks to AMS, some of those costs can now be addressed. Through the Agricultural Marketing Service Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant Program, another round of grants are available to seafood processors and proc
Nutrition Changes Increased Fruits and Veggies In School Meals
Nutrition Changes Increased Fruits and Veggies In School Meals
A 2012 change in school meal nutrition standards drove changes in the type of foods schools purchased.  According to data released by ERS this week, following the change in standards, schools obtained more fruits and vegetables through USDA Foods and especially through USDA’s Department of Defense Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.  While there w...
USDA Announces Farm and Food Workers Relief Program Organizations
USDA Announces Farm and Food Workers Relief Program Organizations
The Department of Agriculture this week announced 15 organizations to receive funding through the Farm and Food Workers Relief Grant Program.   Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said, "The grant recipients today will help us provide relief payments to workers across the country who kept food moving to our families during an especially challenging time." ...
The Cattle Contracts Library Pilot Program Moves Ahead
The Cattle Contracts Library Pilot Program Moves Ahead
The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service published a Notice to Trade related to the Cattle Contracts Library Pilot Program.  The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association said the Library is designed to be a tool for cattle producers, making information available that may allow them to capture unrealized value for their livestock.   “We are plea...
Vilsack Announces $21.9 Million to Strengthen Meat Supply Chains
Vilsack Announces $21.9 Million to Strengthen Meat Supply Chains
This week, AMS announced an additional $21.9 million for grant projects through the Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant Program.  The funding awards 111 projects, bringing the program's total funding to $54.6 million.  The funding will, according to USDA officials, help strengthen and develop new market opportunities for meat and poultry processors throughout the United States.  Facility i
Comment Period For Fertilizer Industry Extended
Comment Period For Fertilizer Industry Extended
The public comment period has been extended for USDA's look at competition, supply chain concerns and capacity expansion within the nation's fertilizer industry.  With comment accepted now until July 15th. "This extension of time under the RFI, we think, is going to be helpful to really highlight and facilitate additional comments regarding that capacity expansion," said AMS' Andy Green

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