Washington, DC - USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced loans and grants for 141 projects to build and improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural communities across the nation.

Washington, DC - USGS discovered insecticides known as neonicotinoids in a little more than half of both urban and agricultural streams sampled across the United States and Puerto Rico, according to a study by the agency published today in Environmental Chemistry.

Des Moines, Iowa (NAPSI) - As farmers hustle to the fields for 2015 planting, high oleic soybeans are marking the fifth season in the eastern part of theU.S. soybean-growing region.

Washington, DC - U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said today that the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI), the largest landscape-scale restoration initiative of its kind, has reached a pivotal milestone towards achieving accelerated forest restoration on more than 500,000 acres of the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests and grasslands in Arizona. Coconino National Forest Supervisor Earl Stewart and Kaibab National Forest Supervisor Mike Williams signed the final decision document for the project's first Environmental Impact Statement on April 17th.

Des Moines, Iowa (NAPSI) - High crop yields, low temperatures and wet weather can mean farmers, grain elevator operators and other grain handlers dealing with high-moisture corn and beans are at risk for dangerous, even deadly, grain engulfment—but there are ways to save them and you can help.

Washington, DC - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy today joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary (USDA) Tom Vilsack, Mike Boots of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Commonwealth of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a private investor and an Appomattox, VA farmer to recognize an innovative, market-based nutrient trading program run by Virginia to improve the water quality of Chesapeake Bay.

Washington, DC (NAPSI) - Small businesses have a number of concerns when it comes to the effect that government regulations are having on their business. That’s a key finding of TriNet’s Small Business Confidence Survey, which explores the opinions ofU.S. small business owners about issues such as their outlook on the state of their companies and on federal and state legislation.