Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant Program

September 27, 2021 USDA AMS

The SPRS grant program will provide approximately $50 million in assistance to seafood processing facilities and processing vessels through block grants to State agencies. USDA allocated funding to certain U.S. states and territories based on a formula that considers economic activity as demonstrated through commercial fisheries landings, as detailed in the RFA. This program is funded by the Pandemic Assistance provided in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. 

USDA Establishes Dairy Donation Program

August 25, 2021 USDA AMS

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Jewel Bronaugh today announced the establishment of a $400 million Dairy Donation Program (DDP) on a call with Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow. The DDP, established by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) in accordance with the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, aims to facilitate timely dairy product donations while reducing food waste.

USDA AMS EU Dairy Export Verification Program

August 16, 2021 USDA AMS

As of January 15, 2022, the European Union (EU) will require new health certificates for U.S. dairy products exported to the EU. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will be prepared to issue these new health certificates.

Pre-Solicitation Announcement for Section 32 Purchase of Salmon and Pollock Products

July 9, 2021 USDA AMS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced plans to purchase Salmon and Pollock Products for distribution to various food nutrition assistance programs

USDA Appoints Members to National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board

June 11, 2021 USDA AMS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the appointment of eight members to serve on the National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board. All appointees will serve three-year terms, effective July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2024.