In Case You Missed It (ICYMI): Week of June 27 – July 1, 2022 

June 27, 2022

USDA Launches Feds Feed Families 2022 to Help Fight Food and Nutrition Insecurity

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the kickoff of the 13th annual Feds Feed Families program, a voluntary food drive which encourages employees from all federal agencies to give in-kind contributions – food, services, and time – to food banks and pantries of their choice.

June 28, 2022

July Fourth is for Fireworks, not Foodborne Illness

  • Pull out the grill and your red, white, and blue because the Fourth of July is here. This means gatherings, outdoor festivities, and good times with family and friends. As the meat sizzles on the grill, don’t let food safety fizzle out of your memory.

Vilsack Announces Bioproduct Pilot Program Funded by Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

  • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for a new pilot program created under President Biden’s historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to support the development of biobased products that have lower carbon footprints and increase the use of renewable agricultural materials, creating new revenue streams for farmers. This $10 million investment is part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s ongoing work to rebuild our infrastructure and create good-paying jobs and economic opportunity in our rural communities.

June 29, 2022

USDA Has Issued More Than $4 Billion in Emergency Relief Program Payments to Date

  • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that to date, agricultural producers have already received more than $4 billion through the Emergency Relief Program (ERP), representing approximately 67% of the more than $6 billion projected to be paid through this first phase of the program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) mailed out pre-filled applications in late May to producers with crop insurance who suffered losses due to natural disasters in 2020 and 2021. Commodity and specialty crop producers have until July 22 to complete applications.

June 30, 2022

Biden Administration Takes Additional Steps to Strengthen Child Nutrition Programs

  • The Biden Administration announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide nearly $1 billion in additional funding to schools to support the purchase of American-grown foods for their meal programs. The department also applauds the President’s recent signing of the Keep Kids Fed Act, which equips schools, summer meal sites, and child care food programs with extra resources so they can continue serving children through school year 2022-2023. Both actions are a response to the significant challenges child nutrition program operators continue to face, such as high food costs and supply chain disruptions.


Rural Partners Network Job Announcements 

Community Liaison positions with the Rural Partners Network were posted on Monday, June 27. These staff will be key to the successful implementation of RPN, each one working directly with the different Cohort 1 community networks in New Mexico, Georgia, Kentucky, and Mississippi to assist with economic development planning and accessing the federal resources to execute on a community-led projects. To ensure USDA receives the most qualified candidates for these critical positions, please share this announcement with your relevant state and local networks, and please feel free to reach out to the RPN team at with any questions: 
The Community Liaison Positions are Posted! They close July 8, 2022 

DE = Federal employees who meet the definition of a “surplus” or “displaced” employee AND the PUBLIC. 
MP = Current permanent federal employees with competitive status, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP and VEOA eligible, Farm Service Agency permanent county employees, 30 percent or More Disabled Veterans, Certain Former Overseas and Foreign Service Employees, Military Spouses, Interchange Agreement and Other Miscellaneous Authorities, People with Disabilities, Peace Corps and VISTA, and Reinstatement. 

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