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USDA, DOE Partner to Invest $10 Million in Green Energy Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) announced the joint investment of $10 million towards research that will drive more efficient biofuels production and agricultural feedstock improvements.

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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Open Prairie Rural Opportunities Fund

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the launch of a new private investment fund with the potential to inject $100 million into small food and agriculture businesses across rural America. The fund, known as the Open Prairie Rural Opportunities Fund, will be the fourth Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC) that USDA has helped to create since 2014, and is part of USDA's ongoing efforts to help attract private sector capital to investment opportunities in rural America to help drive more economic growth in rural communities.

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USDA Awards $16 Million for Research into Sustainable Crop and Livestock Production Methods

Next Round of Funding Will Support Pollinator Health, Plant and Animal Phenomics Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded $16.5 million in grants to support research into methods for boosting agriculture productivity and ensuring food security in the face of pests, diseases and a changing climate. In addition, USDA announced that it is seeking applications for the next round of projects, which will focus on pollinator health and plant and animal phenomics. The grants are made available through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), administered by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

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Partnership Between Dozens of Land-Grant Institutions Helps Create National Atmospheric Deposition Program

Over forty land-grant institutions and dozens of partner organizations are working together to ensure the continued success of the National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP), which monitors pollutants in precipitation, or atmospheric wet deposition that can accumulate in soils and bodies of waters and affect plants, animals, and humans. This work fosters environmental stewardship, ensures food safety and human health, and improves agricultural productivity.

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