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USDA Warns Vendors of Fake ‘DocuSign’ Email Scam

The USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) was recently made aware that a vendor received an email from the fake email address “amsnoreply@ams.usda.gov” that looks like it is from an AMS employee and requests the reader sign a document using the online service “DocuSign.”

Please be advised that AMS does not use the online service DocuSign and the email address is not a USDA address.

General Regulations for Federal Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crop Marketing Agreements and Orders; Authority To Meet Via Electronic Communications

Docket Number: AMS–SC–17–0086
Effective Date: May 17, 2018

Summary

This rule amends the general regulations for Federal fruit, vegetable, and specialty crop marketing agreements and marketing orders (orders) and allows such programs to conduct meetings and vote using electronic means of communication.

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Marketing Orders: Almonds Grown in California; Adjusted Kernel Weight Computation

Docket Number: AMS-SC-17-0084
Effective Date: July 20, 2018

Summary

This final rule implements a recommendation from the Almond Board of California (Board) to revise the adjusted kernel weight computation currently prescribed under the Marketing Order for almonds grown in California. In addition, this action allows adjustments to the calculated percentages for foreign material, excess moisture, or inedible kernels so that the sum of the percentages for the specified measurements equals 100 percent.

USDA Market News Holds API Webinar

USDA Market News is launching a new electronic data platform to deliver market price information to the agricultural industry.  The new web-based platform, Market Analysis and Reporting Services (MARS), uses state-of-the-art technology to present detailed data sets in a more customer-focused way to better support competitive markets for producers.  We will be hosting a webinar detailing this new service on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 2PM ET.

Grants.gov Training Webinar

Grants.gov is the website federal grant-making agencies use to post grant funding opportunities and where the public can find and apply for those opportunities. The goal of the presentation is to provide information on how to use the Grants.gov website to apply for AMS grant programs.

Topics covered in the presentation include how to register in Dun & Bradstreet, track a submitted application, find (search) for funding opportunities and apply for those opportunities.

Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP) Applicant Webinar

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced the availability of $27 million in grants to strengthen market opportunities for local and regional food producers and businesses through the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program.

AMS will host a webinar to help farmers, producer’s groups and other potential applicants to understand the program requirements.

The presentation will provide an overview of the program objectives, eligibility, and basic information about the application process.

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