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USDA Now Accepting Applications to Help Cover Organic Certification Costs

Through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP), USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will cover up to 75% of organic certification costs at a maximum of $750 per certification category. FSA is now accepting applications, and organic producers and handlers should apply for OCCSP by the Oct. 31, 2024, deadline for eligible expenses incurred from Oct. 1, 2023, to Sept. 30, 2024. …

Registration Now Open for Fresno Stockmanship & Stewardship Event

Registration is now open for a Stockmanship & Stewardship event, October 18-19, at the Fresno State Animal Sciences Pavilion in Fresno, California. Funded in part by the Beef Checkoff, Stockmanship & Stewardship is a unique educational experience for cattle producers featuring low-stress cattle handling demonstrations, Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training, facility design sessions and industry updates. “Educational programs like Stockmanship …

Organic Trade Association Announces Annual Leadership Award Winners

The Organic Trade Association is thrilled to recognize six individuals for their outstanding leadership, vision and commitment to advancing the organic movement and making a positive difference on their farms, in their communities, in our climate and environment, and the lives and diets of millions of people throughout the world. The trade association will honor these exemplary men and women …

USDA Accepting Applications for August Trade Mission to Colombia

U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Alexis M. Taylor will lead an agribusiness trade mission to Bogotá, Colombia, Aug. 13-15, 2024. USDA is now accepting applications from current and potential U.S. exporters who have interest in joining the delegation. “Colombia represents a top-tier food and agricultural export destination for American farmers, ranchers and processors,” …

USDA Begins to Survey Farmers’ Yield Estimates in 2024

As the 2024 crop season moves forward, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will contact producers nationwide to determine acreage, yield, and production estimates throughout the growing season. “Each year, the agriculture industry anticipates USDA’s Crop Production reports, which provides monthly survey-based estimates of U.S. farmers’ yields throughout the year,” said Gary R. Keough, NASS Pacific Regional Director. …

USDA Announces 2024 Cotton Loan Rate Differentials

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation has announced the 2024 crop loan rate differentials for upland and extra-long staple cotton. The differentials, also referred to as loan rate premiums and discounts, were calculated based on market valuations of various cotton quality factors for the prior three years. This calculation procedure is identical to that used in past …

California Ag Well Represented in USDA Trade Mission to India Following Tariff Reductions

Under Secretary Alexis M. Taylor will lead a U.S. Department of Agriculture agribusiness trade mission to New Delhi, India, April 22-25. The diverse delegation of 47 businesses and organizations and officials from 11 State Departments of Agriculture speaks volumes about the export sales opportunity the world’s most populous country represents for U.S. food and agricultural producers. “India represents a growth economy …

Survey Says Most familiar + High Trust = Organic

Consumers recognize the USDA Organic seal more than any other certification in the marketplace, finds a new survey released by the Organic Trade Association (OTA). Compared to a dozen claims and certifications that can be found on various products in today’s grocery aisles, almost 90 percent of consumers are familiar with organic claims. That deep familiarity with organic carries over into …

USDA Scientists Develop Technology to Reduce Pathogens in Intact Eggs

CDC estimates Salmonella bacteria causes about 1.35 million infections, 26,500 hospitalizations, and 420 deaths in the United States every year. Despite their appearance in everyday meals and snacks, the truth is that raw eggs and egg products can carry Salmonella and cause foodborne illness and outbreaks, and even death, in some circumstances. But researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently found a …

USDA Foreign Ag Service Accepting Applications for 2025 Export Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service is accepting applications from eligible organizations for fiscal year 2025 funding for five export market development programs. FAS recently published the FY 2025 Notices of Funding Opportunity for the Market Access Program, Foreign Market Development Program, Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Program, Quality Samples Program and Emerging Markets Program. The application deadline …

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