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Vilsack clarifies farm program signup dates


September 29, 2014 | Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Friday clarified the opening and closing dates for farm program signup in 2014 and 2015. …

Obama administration to try to push Feed the Future bills


September 29, 2014 | The Obama administration will try to convince Congress during the lame-duck session to pass legislation giving its Feed the Future program permanent authorization, U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah told The Hagstrom Report today. …

Vilsack announces groundbreaking SNAP fruit and vegetable program


September 29, 2014 | Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a $31.5 million food stamp fruit and vegetable program that breaks new ground in government assistance to make it cheaper for low income people to buy produce. …

Rules for Food Insecurity Nutrition Program


September 29, 2014 | The Agriculture Department today announced an elaborate set of rules for grants under the Food Insecurity Nutrition Program (FINI). …

Vilsack announces $52 million for local, regional, organic food systems


September 29, 2014 | Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the award of more than $52 million in support of the organic industry and local and regional food systems through five USDA grant programs. …

Becker leaving Senate Ag for consulting firm


September 29, 2014 | Benjamin Becker, the national spokesman for Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich, is leaving to join Precision Strategies, a communications consulting firm. …