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By: Alexis M. Taylor, USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs This year marks the 100th anniversary of USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum. I was excited to participate in a panel session that reviewed the past 100 years of...
Secretary Vilsack met with Chinese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Tang Renjian to address outstanding market access issues and other U.S. agricultural stakeholder concerns,
At the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28), Secretary Vilsack and other USDA officials are highlighting the U.S. commitment to investing in innovative climate solutions, quantifying and demonstrating results, and sharing resources and solutions with the world.
FAS hosted a delegation from Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay who came to the U.S. to learn about sustainable, climate-smart agriculture.
FAS is working with university students in Tanzania on a pilot project to gather grassroots data on grain, oilseed, and cotton crops to help strengthen community agricultural systems and improve crop condition assessments with satellite imagery.
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USDA Climate Hubs Go Global

For more than a decade, USDA’s Climate Hubs has been at the forefront of supporting climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts for U.S. farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners. Last week, USDA significantly boosted its efforts globally, by launching the International Climate Hub.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, co-host for the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate Summit, today announced during the Summit’s opening plenary that AIM for Climate partners from around the globe are increasing investment in, and support for, climate-smart agriculture and food systems innovation.
USDA today hosted a high-level Food Security Dialogue with the Philippines Department of Agriculture that showcased critical bilateral efforts to address global food security and climate change.
With research and development funds provided by the FAS Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Program, FAS and ARS are working to produce compostable PLU labels. They are collaborating with the International Fresh Produce Association and Sinclair Systems International to meet the EU standards. The goal is to develop adhesives that are both food-safe and compostable. When achieved, this will allow American companies to export fruits and vegetables as usual while helping to decrease food waste and methane emissions.
Tom Vilsack and European Union Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski traveled to a family-owned and operated grain and vegetable farm in Maryland so the Commissioner could learn more about U.S. agriculture and its commitment to climate-smart, sustainable production.
Former Vice President Al Gore will be the opening keynote speaker at the AIM for Climate Summit May 8-10 in Washington.
USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service had an exceptional year in 2022, expanding U.S. agricultural trade, ramping up climate change resiliency work, and improving food and nutrition security around the globe.