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Secretary Visits Los Angeles Area School to Underscore USDA Efforts to Help Kids Access Healthy Meals

Secretary Vilsack was in Los Angeles on Wednesday to visit Sotomayor Academies alongside the First Partner of California, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, for a conversation focused on harnessing collective powers to improve school meals in California and across the nation.


This trip highlighted farm-to-school efforts underway in California and the role school meals can play in supporting local and regional food systems, mitigating climate change impacts, and providing healthy food to students. This trip came just weeks after USDA rolled out new nutritional standards for school meals based the latest science-based recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.


While in Los Angles, Secretary Vilsack also amplified the department’s record investments in supporting producers with adopting climate-smart agriculture and conservation practices during a moderated conversation at the Milken Institute’s Global conference.

USDA Announced New Actions to Reduce Impact and Spread of H5N1

On Friday, USDA announced assistance for producers with H5N1 affected premises to improve on-site biosecurity in order to reduce the spread. In addition, USDA is taking steps to make available financial tools for lost milk production in herds affected by H5N1.


Building on the Federal Order addressing pre-movement testing, these steps will further equip producers with tools they can use to keep their affected herds and workers healthy and reduce risk of the virus spreading to additional herds.

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Deputy Secretary Highlights USDA Support for Producers, Healthy School Meals During Chicago Trip

On Friday, Deputy Secretary Torres Small was in the Chicago area for events highlighting efforts during the Biden-Harris Administration to create new revenue streams for producers and ensure children have access to healthy, nutritious food at school. 

 

In the morning, the Deputy Secretary and U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14) visited a market in Plainfield, IL, that received a Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) from Rural Development. While there, they toured the market and highlighted how programs like VAPG help agricultural producers adopt value-added activities to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities, and increase producer income.

 

Later that afternoon, the Deputy Secretary joined U.S. Representative Delia C. Ramirez (IL-3) at a local Chicago school to discuss actions taken to increase access to healthy, nutritious school meals, reduce child hunger, and improve kids’ overall health and well-being.

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USDA Announces $22 million to Support Underserved and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers 

On Tuesday, USDA announced the availability of approximately $22.3 million to community-based and nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and Tribal entities that help underserved and veteran farmers and ranchers who own and operate successful farms. Funding for this is made possible through USDA’s 2501 Program, which is administered by USDA’s Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement.

 

For more than 30 years, and in partnership with organizations nationwide, the 2501 Program has helped reach underserved farmers and ranchers through education, training, farming demonstrations, and conferences on farming and agribusiness.

USDA Announces $23.4 Million to Strengthen Rural Small Businesses in the Northeast 

On Friday, USDA’s Rural Development Rural Business & Cooperative Service Administrator Betsy Dirksen Londrigan announced that businesses in the Northeast are receiving $23.4 million to help bolster their bottom lines, reduce their energy use, and create economic opportunities. This is made possible by historic funding from President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act and comes on the heels of Small Business Week and in celebration of Small Business Day on May 10.

Inflation Reduction Act in Action: Rancher Turns Her Cropland Back to Grass 

Tammy Jo Nine Stotts is a fifth-generation rancher, operating in the northern Texas Panhandle and western Oklahoma, who received funding to return more of her cropland to native grass, which required her to adopt practices such as range planting and prescribed grazing – all climate-smart activities. These practices can help increase carbon stored in biomass and soils, providing important climate change mitigation benefits, while also supporting Tammy Jo’s conservation vision for her land.  

 

This was made possible through funding from the Inflation Reduction Act, which provides an additional $19.5 billion for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to deliver financial and technical assistance to producers for climate-smart conservation activities through existing USDA conservation programs.

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Photo of the Week

Grade school students help plant an American sycamore grown at the Forest Service Coeur d’Alene Nursery in Idaho from seeds brought to space on NASA’s Artemis 1 mission. The Forest Service provided hundreds of tree seeds to NASA, which launched the seeds in orbit around the Moon as part of the Artemis I mission.


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View as Webpage In Case You Missed It. Here's what happened this week at USDA. usda.gov Here's what happened this week at USDA 1 Secretary Visits Los Angeles Area School to Underscore USDA Efforts to Help Kids Access Healthy Meals Secretary Vilsack was in Los Angeles on Wednesday to visit Sotomayor Academies alongside the First Partner of California, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, for a conversation focused on harnessing collective powers to improve school meals in California and across the nation. This trip highlighted farm-to-school efforts underway in California and the role school meals can play in supporting local and regional food systems, mitigating climate change impacts, and providing healthy food to students. This trip came just weeks after USDA rolled out new nutritional standards for school meals based the latest science-based recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. While in Los Angles, Secretary Vilsack also amplified the department’s record investments in supporting producers with adopting climate-smart agriculture and conservation practices during a moderated conversation at the Milken Institute’s Global conference. USDA Announced New Actions to Reduce Impact and Spread of H5N1 On Friday, USDA announced assistance for producers with H5N1 affected premises to improve on-site biosecurity in order to reduce the spread. In addition, USDA is taking steps to make available financial tools for lost milk production in herds affected by H5N1. Building on the Federal Order addressing pre-movement testing, these steps will further equip producers with tools they can use to keep their affected herds and workers healthy and reduce risk of the virus spreading to additional herds. 3 Deputy Secretary Highlights USDA Support for Producers, Healthy School Meals During Chicago Trip On Friday, Deputy Secretary Torres Small was in the Chicago area for events highlighting efforts during the Biden-Harris Administration to create new revenue streams for producers and ensure children have access to healthy, nutritious food at school.  In the morning, the Deputy Secretary and U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14) visited a market in Plainfield, IL, that received a Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) from Rural Development. While there, they toured the market and highlighted how programs like VAPG help agricultural producers adopt value-added activities to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities, and increase producer income. Later that afternoon, the Deputy Secretary joined U.S. Representative Delia C. Ramirez (IL-3) at a local Chicago school to discuss actions taken to increase access to healthy, nutritious school meals, reduce child hunger, and improve kids’ overall health and well-being. 4 USDA Announces $22 million to Support Underserved and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers  On Tuesday, USDA announced the availability of approximately $22.3 million to community-based and nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and Tribal entities that help underserved and veteran farmers and ranchers who own and operate successful farms. Funding for this is made possible through USDA’s 2501 Program, which is administered by USDA’s Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement. For more than 30 years, and in partnership with organizations nationwide, the 2501 Program has helped reach underserved farmers and ranchers through education, training, farming demonstrations, and conferences on farming and agribusiness. USDA Announces $23.4 Million to Strengthen Rural Small Businesses in the Northeast  On Friday, USDA’s Rural Development Rural Business & Cooperative Service Administrator Betsy Dirksen Londrigan announced that businesses in the Northeast are receiving $23.4 million to help bolster their bottom lines, reduce their energy use, and create economic opportunities. This is made possible by historic funding from President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act and comes on the heels of Small Business Week and in celebration of Small Business Day on May 10. Inflation Reduction Act in Action: Rancher Turns Her Cropland Back to Grass  Tammy Jo Nine Stotts is a fifth-generation rancher, operating in the northern Texas Panhandle and western Oklahoma, who received funding to return more of her cropland to native grass, which required her to adopt practices such as range planting and prescribed grazing – all climate-smart activities. These practices can help increase carbon stored in biomass and soils, providing important climate change mitigation benefits, while also supporting Tammy Jo’s conservation vision for her land.   This was made possible through funding from the Inflation Reduction Act, which provides an additional $19.5 billion for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to deliver financial and technical assistance to producers for climate-smart conservation activities through existing USDA conservation programs. Read More Here Photo of the Week Grade school students help plant an American sycamore grown at the Forest Service Coeur d’Alene Nursery in Idaho from seeds brought to space on NASA’s Artemis 1 mission. The Forest Service provided hundreds of tree seeds to NASA, which launched the seeds in orbit around the Moon as part of the Artemis I mission. Check out all of USDA’s photos on Flickr account.    LOOKING FOR USDA INFORMATION? The AskUSDA site makes it easy to find information from across our organization all in one place, or connects you with someone who can.  AskUSDA USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users). 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