WASHINGTON DC (June 12, 2019) — The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Forest Service (USFS) released proposed changes to modernize how the agency complies with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The proposed updates would not only give the Forest Service the tools and flexibility to manage the land and tackle critical challenges like wildfire, insects, and disease, but also improve service to the American people.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA (June 11, 2019) — Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement after President Donald J Trump signed the Modernizing the Regulatory Framework for Agricultural Biotechnology Products Executive Order.

WASHINGTON DC (April 30, 2019) — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today unveiled a groundbreaking report, 

WASHINGTON DC (April 26, 2019) — Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will be in Iowa on Monday, April 29th for roundtable discussions, farms visits, and tours to highlight the importance of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Tomorrow, Sec Perdue will visit Peterson Farms Seed and Emerging Prairie’s “Grand Farm Initiative” Farm. On Monday, Sec Perdue will be in Iowa to visit Vermeer Corporation and Corteva Agriscience Mendel Greenhouse. 

WASHINGTON DC (April 23, 2019) — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting online applications for funding through the new ReConnect Rural Broadband Pilot Program. These funds will enable the federal government to partner with the private-sector and rural communities to build modern broadband-infrastructure in areas with insufficient internet-service.

WASHINGTON DC (April 18, 2019) — US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement-panel found that China has administered its tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) for wheat, corn, and rice inconsistently with its WTO commitments. Contrary to those commitments, China’s TRQ administration is not transparent, predictable, or fair, and it ultimately inhibits TRQs from filling, denying US farmers acces

WASHINGTON DC (April 17, 2019) — US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that the government of Tunisia and the United States have finalized US export certificates to allow imports of US beef, poultry, and egg products into Tunisia. This announcement follows meetings between US and Tunisian officials on the safety and wholesomeness of US beef, poultry, and egg products.

WASHINGTON DC (April 15, 2019) — To help residents, farmers, and ranchers affected by the devastation caused by recent flooding, US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has directed the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to aid Iowans in their recovery efforts. USDA staff in the regional, state, and county-offices are providing a variety of program-flexibilities and other assistance to residents, agricultural producers, and impacted communities at large.

WASHINGTON DC (April 12, 2019) — US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the implementation-status of the 2018 Farm Bill. President Trump signed this Farm Bill into law on December 20, 2018, and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) promptly began implementation of key programs. USDA held several listening-sessions with stakeholders and the public, specific to each agency’s respective mission-areas.

WASHINGTON DC (April 11, 2019) — The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the results of the 2017 Census of Agriculture, spanning some 6.4 million new points of information about America’s farms and ranches and those who operate them, including new data about on-farm decision-making, down to the county level.

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