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Miami Dade College President Joins Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Partnership With USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced two initiatives to increase access to USDA programs and services among Hispanic communities. The department announced it is renewing the USDA-HACU Leadership Group, a partnership with the Hispanic...

USDA Sending More than $35 Million to Help Rural Businesses, Including Hotels, in Florida

Last week, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Sec. Tom Vilsack announced that more than $35 million in federal funds is headed to Florida. The funds are part of $770 million from the USDA going to...

Marco Rubio Calls on USDA to Offer Agricultural Production Flexibilities Amid Global Food Shortages

U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Cynthia Lummis, R-Wy., sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Sec. Tom Vilsack urging him to allow flexibilities for prime agricultural lands under the Conservation Reserve Program...

USDA Declares Disaster for Florida Counties Impacted by January Freeze

This week, U.S. Agriculture Sec. Tom Vilsack declared a disaster for Florida agriculture hit by a freeze in January. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) found that Broward, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough,...

Nikki Fried Calls on USDA to Offer Disaster Designation to Help Florida’s Farmers

This week, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Sec. Tom Vilsack in support of a Secretarial Disaster Designation to provide additional assistance to Florida producers experiencing losses due...

Joe Biden Names Lakeisha Hood to be Director for Rural Development in Florida and...

President Joe Biden has selected Lakeisha Hood to be the State Director for Rural Development in Florida and U.S. Virgin Islands. Hood was one of eight Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Directors and three...

Tom Vilsack: USDA Sending $14.3 Million to Help Rural Infrastructure in Florida

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Sec. Tom Vilsack and Acting State Director for Rural Development Jason Brower for Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands announced last week that USDA is investing $14,371,400 to build...
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Florida Senators, Neal Dunn Urge USDA to Staff Farm Service Agency in Jackson County

At the end of last week, Florida’s U.S. senators--Republicans Marco Rubio and Rick Scott--and U.S. Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Fla., sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack urging him to address...

USDA Announces Funds for Rural Wastewater Infrastructure Projects in North Florida

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will send $272 million to 37 states, including Florida, and Puerto Rico to “modernize rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure for 270,000 people living...

Florida Congressional Delegation Goes to Bat for Dairy Farmers Across the Sunshine State

Two congressional representatives from North Florida--U.S. Reps. Kat Cammack, R-Fla., and Al Lawson, D-Fla.--led members of the Sunshine State’s delegation in sending a letter to U.S. Agriculture Sec. Tom Vilsack pointing out “inequities facing...
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