Secretary Vilsack Comments on Mexico Supreme Court Potato Ruling

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, potato, Top Posts

WASHINGTON — Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack commented on Wednesday’s ruling by Mexico’s Supreme Court involving U.S. potatoes. “Mexico’s Supreme Court released a final, unanimous ruling today on a case that puts U.S. fresh potatoes one step closer to finally gaining access to Mexico following nearly 20 years of negotiations. This decision is important for American agriculture and for positive bilateral …

Secretary Vilsack Announces $36.5 Million for Specialty Crop Research and Extension Investments

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced 19 grants totaling $36.5 million for research and extension to support American farmers growing fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops including floriculture. The grants are funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Specialty Crop Research Initiative, authorized by the 2014 Farm …

Ag Secretary: China About $16 Billion Short in Purchases in Phase One Agreement

Jim Rogers Exports/Imports, USDA

By Clint Thompson U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack discussed the importance of exports and holding countries to specified agreements during a speech to the American Farm Bureau Federation on Monday. He was especially specific when discussing the country’s relationship with China. “I know that 30% at some point in time of what we grow and raise is ultimately exported …

Safe Eating During Thanksgiving: Keep Foods Free from Foodborne Illness

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Top Posts

WASHINGTON — Americans will enjoy Thanksgiving this week with family and friends. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds everyone that it is important to keep family and friends safe from foodborne illnesses this Thanksgiving. “Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times to remind people about food safety,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “I personally know how much effort it …

Commissioner Fried: We Need Federal Action to Level Playing Field

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, Florida, Top Posts

Tallahassee, Fla. — Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried wrote a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack on Thursday. She addressed the continued unfair foreign trade practices being employed by Mexico and other countries that are causing severe harm to the domestic seasonal produce industry. “Florida farmers and American agriculture is the best in the world, and …

Specialty Crop Industry: USDA Announces More Than $243 Million in Grants

Clint Thompson Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today an investment of more than $243 million in grants to support specialty crops, including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts and nursery crops through two USDA programs – the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and the Specialty Crop Research Initiative grants program. USDA is investing $169.9 million through the Specialty Crop Block …

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Elsa Aftermath: FDACS Responds to Secretarial Disaster Designation

Clint Thompson Florida, Georgia, Top Posts, Weather

Tallahassee, Fla. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has informed Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) that it has granted a Secretarial disaster designation in several counties in Georgia and Florida due to losses caused by Tropical Storm Elsa, excessive wind, and excessive rainfall that occurred on July 7, 2021. …

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Joint Statement from U.S., Mexican Agriculture Secretaries

Clint Thompson Top Posts, Trade

AMES, IOWA – Mexican Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development Victor Villalobos and United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack issued the following statement at the conclusion of their bilateral meeting in Ames, Iowa on Wednesday. “We reaffirm the importance of our two nations’ exceptional agricultural trading relationship and its role in supporting rural prosperity, creating good jobs and providing …