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USDA offers ways to help small poultry plants

Forms of financial assistance for such facilities are part of Consolidation Appropriations Act and American Rescue Plan

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking steps to make sure that small meat and poultry slaughter and processing plants have the chance to succeed, a top agency official said.


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Post-Peterson ag policy priorities will differ in House

Rep. David Scott, the new agriculture committee chairman, represents constituents with very different concerns than those represented by the former chairman
Agricultural policy, at least from the standpoint from the U.S. House of Representatives, is likely to shift to a much more urban perspective with a new House Agriculture Committee chairman, said Ron Elving, senior Washington editor, National Public Radio (NPR).
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NTF chair praises ways turkey industry navigated COVID-19

Amid the pandemic, National Turkey Federation members kept businesses afloat, turkeys healthy and meat cases stocked, Ron Kardel says
When the National Turkey Federation (NTF) adjourned its annual meeting one year ago, its members didn’t realize the challenges the industry would face in the coming year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Smaller CRP payments could lead to more feed grains

As contracts set to expire, many may opt to put fields back into crop production
As contracts for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) are up for renewal, landowners are discovering that the payments offered to them for preventing soil erosion are not as high as they once were.
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What keeps Tom Vilsack up at night?

Former U.S. agriculture secretary discusses top concerns as he prepares to return to his former job
Tom Vilsack admits that when became the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture under President Barack Obama, he didn’t fully know what he was getting himself into.
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