USDA announced $9 million in grants, funded through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, to help develop childhood obesity intervention programs through colleges and universities in 12 states and Puerto Rico.
Engineered for light-duty belt conveyors, the Flexco FGP food-grade precleaner features stainless steel components and FDA-approved, food-grade materials that limit negative spaces and crevices; an adjustable spring tensioner ensures blade-to-belt contact, while standoffs enable cleaning between the end plates and the conveyor without disassembling the unit.
USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) revealed more than $160 million was made available to fund research, education and extension of projects that address current challenges affecting food production.
USDA’s Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $30 million will be put towards funding 22 projects that will help citrus producers fight Huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening, a devastating disease that threatens US production.
USDA has kicked off its Organic Survey in an attempt to gather detailed data on the current state of US organic agriculture production. According to USDA, the survey is a complete inventory of all known organic producers that are certified, exempt from certification, and transitioning to certified organic production.