Tag Archives: USDA

It’s as Clear as Mud

Let me say this right up front — can someone from the Department of Agriculture please contact me and explain your notice today in the Federal Register in layman’s terms?  Because, frankly, I’m lost. And I’m not the only one….

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Help Wanted: Ideas Sought To Reduce SNAP Trafficking

One growing concern among officials at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service is trafficking in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the Food Stamp program. Trafficking is the exchange of benefits for cash or other ineligible items.

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Sneak Preview: Poor WIC Reviews Overlook Vendor Violations

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The U.S. Department of Agriculture is updating guidance to help Food and Nutrition Service regional staff members conduct better management evaluation reviews to better determine how well…

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Sneak Preview: USDA Office Finalizing New Monitoring Procedures

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The U.S. Department of Agriculture is finalizing new standard operating procedures to ensure Office of Advocacy and Outreach staff properly monitor grantees in the Social Disadvantaged Farmers…

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Sneak Preview: FNS To Issue TEFAP Documentation Guidance

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The Food and Nutrition Service plans to issue guidance this fall requiring states to review documentation periodically under the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) to ensure expenses…

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Sneak Preview: NIFA Aims To Better Communicate With its Grantees

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The success of a grant program can be severely hampered if there is little discussion between a federal agency and a grant recipient about the program’s priorities…

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Sneak Preview: FNS To Use Medicaid Data in School Meal Projects

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The Food and Nutrition Service is sponsoring demonstration projects in six states aimed at enabling low-income children to directly receive free school meals based on Medicaid information.

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Sneak Preview: FNS To Emphasize Fraud Prevention in SNAP Program

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Single Audit Information Service). Upcoming Food and Nutrition Service guidance will emphasize that states should take greater steps to limit potential fraud in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

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L/SFR Sneak Preview: EPA, USDA Form Rural Water Systems Partnership

(This post is excerpted from a story in the Aug. 22 issue of Local/State Funding Report.)The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced a national partnership focused on improving drinking water and wastewater systems in rural…

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The People’s Market

Our offices are located within blocks of the White House. And more importantly, to my mind, as the spring growing season kicks into high gear—just around the corner from the White House farmers’ market.

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