USDA Nominees Named to Deputy Positions

February 7, 2019

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has named three sub-Cabinet nominees to less-senior positions that do not require Senate confirmation, while continuing to urge their confirmation to the posts to which they were nominated. In a …

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USDA Resumes Operations

February 7, 2019

Supply Reports With the federal shutdown over, the USDA is playing catch-up with many of its January reports and delaying some late-January and early-February reporting.  Among National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports relevant to the …

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Short-Term Funding Ends Government Shutdown

January 29, 2019

The federal government is open again, at least until mid-February.  President Trump agreed to a short-term funding bill that contained no money for a border wall.  House and Senate negotiators will try to put together …

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Shutdown Affects Nutrition, Other USDA and FDA Programs

January 24, 2019

USDA’s nutrition assistance programs are operating but will run out of money in the coming weeks and months if the shutdown continues. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or Food Stamps) paid February benefits in …

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USDA Confirms Newcastle in Exhibition Birds in Utah

January 24, 2019

Newcastle is not a food safety concern The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of virulent Newcastle disease in a small flock of backyard exhibition …

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