USDA News – Sept 2014 GE Corn, Conservation, Funding

New GE Corn and Soybean Varieties Approved: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) approved three new genetically engineered (GE) crops for commercial sale in a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) Record of Decision published on the agency’s website… READ MORE

Conservation Innovation Grant Recipients Announced: On Monday, September 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced 47 new Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) awards, totaling $15.7 million.  Recipients include universities, soil and water conservation districts, tribal organizations, resource conservation and development councils…READ MORE

Funding Now Available for Farmer Risk Management Education: Four regional Extension Risk Management Education Centers jointly issued this year’s Requests for Applications (RFA) for their competitive grants program that provides funding for farmer-based risk management education, outreach and training. This program provides funding for projects led by cooperative extension, non-profit and other private organizations…READ MORE

$68 Million in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Announced: On Thursday, September 18, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a $68 million investment in 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across the country through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)…. READ MORE

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