Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West: Increased Assessment Rate

Docket Number: AMS-SC-20-0029
Effective Date: August 10, 2020

Summary

This final rule implements a recommendation from the Far West Spearmint Oil Administrative Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2020-2021 and subsequent marketing years. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.

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Assessment Rates: Sweet Onions Grown in the Walla Walla Valley of Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon

Docket Number: AMS-SC-19-0115
Effective Date: June 1, 2020

Summary

This rule implements a recommendation from the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Marketing Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2020 and subsequent fiscal periods. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.

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USDA Announces $4.8 Million Available for Fiscal Year 2020 Micro-Grants for Food Security Program (MGFSP)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced $4.8 million in funding for the Micro-Grants for Food Security Program (MGFSP). This new program will assist agricultural agencies or departments in eligible states and territories to increase the quantity and quality of locally grown food through small-scale gardening, herding and livestock operations. MGFSP is authorized by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm Bill), and the grant period for agreements between the eligible applicants and AMS is four years. 

USDA Announces the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center is Accepting Grant Proposals

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center Board of Directors is accepting grant proposals for the Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program (SPMGP). The SPMGP was established to foster improvements in the U.S. sheep industry and will be accepting proposals through Sept. 15, 2020.