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 …

USDA Announces Grant Funding Available for Specialty Crop Multi-State Program

Clint Thompson Top Posts, USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Friday that $10 million is available for competitive grant funding in the 2021 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP). “This program is an important resource to strengthen the competitiveness of our nation’s specialty crop industry,” said Bruce Summers, administrator of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, which manages SCMP. “By working across state lines, grant …