“USDA Invests $42 Million in Distance Learning and Telemedicine Infrastructure to Improve Education and Health Outcomes:


WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2021 – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced it is investing $42.3 million to help rural residents gain access to health care and educational opportunities (PDF, 255 KB). Rural areas are seeing higher infection and death rates related to COVID-19 due to several factors, including a much…

“COVID-19 Update: USDA, FDA Underscore Current Epidemiologic and Scientific Information Indicating No Transmission of COVID-19 Through Food or Food Packaging”


WASHINGTON, DC (Feb. 18, 2021) — After more than a year since the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak was declared a global health emergency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to underscore that there is no…

“Statement by Katharine Ferguson, USDA Chief of Staff, on the Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act”


WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2021 — “We are pleased to see the introduction of the Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act yesterday in the Senate, a bill that will bring much-needed economic assistance during the pandemic and begin to advance equity for farmers of color. The bill is the culmination of…

“Biden Administration Expands P-EBT to Benefit Millions of Low-Income and Food Insecure Children During Pandemic”


WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2021 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced several efforts today to expand nutrition assistance to hard-hit families across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. In support of President Biden’s call to action on hunger and with authorities provided by Congress, USDA is increasing the Pandemic-EBT benefit…

“U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Key Staff Appointments”


WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2021 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the names of individuals who will hold senior staff positions in Washington, D.C. David Grahn was named Principal Deputy General Counsel in the Office of General Counsel. Most recently, Grahn served as the Director of the Office of Regulatory…

“Secretary Perdue Announces Groundbreaking Proposal to Transfer Agricultural Animal Biotechnology Regulatory Framework to USDA”


(Washington, D.C., December 22, 2020) – the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a significant step in modernizing regulations of agricultural animals modified or produced by genetic engineering. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be moving forward with an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to solicit public input…

“Help decide which turkey President Trump pardons tomorrow!”


WASHINGTON, D.C.---President Donald J. Trump will continue the longstanding White House tradition of pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey at a ceremony in the Rose Garden tomorrow! The turkey who receives his pardon will become America’s official 2020 National Thanksgiving Turkey. This year’s candidates–Corn and Cob–arrived yesterday at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.…

Asian Hammer Flat Worms Invasion A Agriculture Threat


MIDLOTHIAN, Va. - A foot-long  slithered invasive species has been spotted in  suburbia Virginia-- leaving pest-control experts scratching their heads before they found help identifying it. In a now-removed Facebook post, Virginia Wildlife Management and Control, a local pest control service, wrote that its hotline had received a call about a weird looking…