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Nikki Fried: USDA Extending Universal Free School Meals Through June 2022

“With food insecurity worsened by an ongoing pandemic, its lasting effects will be felt by Florida’s most vulnerable for years to come. Ensuring that all of Florida’s kids are fed no matter their family income, has always been a top priority. As a longtime advocate for universal school meals, I’m thankful for the USDA’s extension so that we can continue to provide access to healthy, nutritious meals, on which so many children have come to rely,” she said.

Nikki Fried Backs USDA Extending Free Meals to Children Through the Summer

Fried applauded a decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to issue a nationwide extension of several waivers that allow all children to continue to receive nutritious meals this summer when schools are out of session. These flexibilities are now available through September 30, 2021.

Florida Attorney Monica Armster Rainge Named USDA’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

Rainge is an agricultural lawyer and mediator with ties to Florida. She has worked in the public and private agricultural sectors for more than 25 years.

USDA Sends $5 Million to Florida for Agriculture and Natural Resources Protection

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has received a significant portion of these funds to support numerous projects. The funding is provided under Section 7721 of the federal Plant Protection Act.

USDA Changes Forecast, Expecting Slightly Fewer Oranges This Season

The new forecast, which was released on Thursday, for the 2020-2021 season is 4.60 million tons, down 1 percent from the last forecast and down 12 percent from last season. 

Deadline Approaches for Hurricane Michael Timber and Irrigation Recovery Block Grant Programs is This...

Registration is the first step toward receiving block grant funds and should only take a few minutes to complete.

USDA Expects Florida Orange Production to Drop in 2020-2021 Season

The USDA also expects 4.5 million fewer boxes of grapefruit and 1.1 million fewer boxes of tangerines in 2020-21. 

Al Lawson Helps Get Emergency SNAP Flexibilities Extension Act Signed Into Law

Lawson was an original cosponsor of U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge’s, D-Ohio, “Emergency SNAP Flexibilities Extension Act" which was included in the continuing resolution. 

Senate Version of Joe Neguse’s, Matt Gaetz’s Animal Cruelty Enforcement Act Introduced

According to Neguse’s office, the bill “would establish a dedicated Animal Cruelty Crimes Division at the Department of Justice to aid in the investigation, enforcement, and prosecution of felony animal cruelty crimes.

USDA Extends Free Meals for Children Through the End of 2020

Perdue authorized USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to extend the waivers for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) through the end of 2020, keeping almost 80,000 sites open across the country. 

UF Professor Named to Lead USDA’s Economic Research Service

Stefanou currently teaches economics at UF’s Institute of Food and Agriculture. Before that, he served more than 30 years teaching agricultural economics at Penn State University.

USDA, State Government Starts $380 Million Grant Program for Hurricane Michael Recovery

From his seat on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has been urging the USDA to send more money to Florida to help with the recovery efforts.