USDA offers $150 million for food security, sustainable agriculture and rural entrepreneurship

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced $150.2 million in funding for projects that build a foundation...

USDA pilots online SNAP ordering and payment with selected retailers

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced seven retail firms selected to take part in a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program pilot designed...

Sonny Perdue sworn in as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

In Washington, D.C., Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the thirty-first U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S....

EPA proposes rule changes for RFS to boost cellulosic ethanol production

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a rule change to the Renewable Fuel Standard that would allow poplar and willow trees as...

$9 Million Up for Grabs Under Biomass Research and Development Initiative

In the United States, the Departments of Agriculture and Energy have made up to $9 million in funding available through the Biomass Research and...

Canada approves irradiation treatment for ground beef

In Canada, the Government of Canada published final regulations permitting the sale of fresh and frozen raw ground beef treated with irradiation. Health Canada...

Coalition to Advance Precision Agriculture connects growers, innovators and government

In Washington, D.C., the Coalition to Advance Precision Agriculture launched a new website – www.DiscoverPrecisionAg.org – to facilitate communication between farm and agribusiness associations...

Perdue signs proclamation to increase local flexibility in school lunch programs

In Virginia, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide greater flexibility in nutrition requirements for school meal...

New and Improved! RSB updates its definitive take on sustainability standards

Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) celebrated the announcement at its Annual Assembly of Delegates meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam that its global members have voted...

New York wants to be the nation’s leader in hemp production

In New York, new legislation was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that removes legal obstacles impeding access to hemp seed in a bid to...

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