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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced $8.4 million to support the work of 54 partner organizations in 35 states to provide training, outreach and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged, tribal and veteran farmers and ranchers. An additional $400,000 will help establish the Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Policy Research Center at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi.

The Departments of Education and Treasury and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) are announcing a Joint Statement of Principles on Student Loan Servicing. This work by the Departments of Education and Treasury builds on the Obama Administration's ongoing efforts to help Americans manage their student loan debt.

The declaration of September as National Preparedness Month shines a spotlight on the importance of preparing for disasters. Educational outreach and activities throughout the month aim to raise awareness and help families take steps to prepare their loved ones, homes, schools, businesses and communities for potential emergencies. Helping the American Red Cross stay response ready in September and throughout the year are nearly one hundred organizations, members of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) and Disaster Responder Program.

As the U.S. Department of Energy prepares to kick off October’s National Energy Action Month, the department announced that manufacturers in its Better Buildings, Better Plants Program (Better Plants) have racked up an estimated $2.4 billion in cumulative energy cost savings over the last five years. Across America, manufacturers spend more than $200 billion each year to power their plants.

Promoting gender equality and empowering women and girls is a priority for the United States Government.  Under the leadership of President Obama, the United States is working to combat discrimination, eliminate violence against women and girls at home and abroad, expand access to women’s health care, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, support women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs, and encourage women’s economic and political leadership.