Private Investment Will Jump Start Rural Economy
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Private Investment Will Jump Start Rural Economy

Posted by Joyce El Kouarti, Office of Communication, USDA Forest Service in Forestry Jun 15, 2018 The Forest Service is partnering with private investors Athens County, and local communities to construct an 88-mile-long multiuse trail across 9,000 acres of Wayne National Forest, shown here. (Photo by Jerry Jay Johnson) Ringed …

Grass-Cast: A New Grassland Productivity Forecast for the Northern Great Plains
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Grass-Cast: A New Grassland Productivity Forecast for the Northern Great Plains

Posted by Dannele Peck, Director, USDA Northern Plains Climate Hub and Sharon Durham, Public Affairs Specialist, Agricultural Research Service in Climate Animals Jun 13, 2018 Grass-Cast maps are updated every two weeks to incorporate newly observed weather data and emerging trends in grazing conditions. Every spring, ranchers face the same …

Sniffing Out Disease: Dogs Trained for Wildlife Disease Surveillance
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Sniffing Out Disease: Dogs Trained for Wildlife Disease Surveillance

Posted by Gail Keirn, USDA APHIS Public Affairs Specialist in Animals Jun 12, 2018 Golden and Odin practice basic commands outside as part of their daily routine. Odin is a Labrador retriever/border collie mix. By watching his wagging tail and alert expression, Colorado State University researcher Dr. Glen Golden can …

Tree Breeding: Creating Tomorrow’s Healthy Forests Today
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Tree Breeding: Creating Tomorrow’s Healthy Forests Today

Posted by Paul Zankowski, Senior Advisor for Plant Health and Production and Plant Products, Office of the Chief Scientist and Sarah Federman, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, Office of the Chief Scientist in Research and Science Jun 12, 2018 Whitebark pine trees with variable resistance to white pine blister …

FNS Provides Tools to Support Safe Summer Meals
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FNS Provides Tools to Support Safe Summer Meals

Posted by Tina Hanes, RD RN, Senior Food Safety Specialist, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) in Food and Nutrition Health and Safety Jun 11, 2018 The Summer Meals Food Safety Kit is an essential tool to help keep the food we provide children at sites as safe as possible. As …

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Tyson Foods Inc. Recalls Breaded Chicken Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

WASHINGTON, June 8, 2018 – Tyson Foods Inc., a North Little Rock, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 3,120 pounds of frozen breaded chicken products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically blue and clear soft plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. …

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Venda Ravioli, Inc. Recalls Meat Ravioli Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection

WASHINGTON, June 8, 2018 – Venda Ravioli, Inc., a Providence, R.I. establishment, is recalling approximately 672 pounds of frozen meat ravioli products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.  The frozen meat ravioli items were …

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Supermercado Selectos Recalls Raw, Frozen Siluriformes Fish, Meat and Poultry Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection

  EDITOR’S NOTE: This release was updated on June 7, 2018 to reflect additional products.   WASHINGTON, June. 7, 2018 – Supermercado Selectos, a San Sebastián, Puerto Rico firm, is recalling an undetermined amount of various raw, frozen Siluriformes fish, beef, pork and poultry products that were produced without the …

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Our Drinking Water and Forest Service Research

Posted by Shannon Kelleher, Research and Development Knowledge Management and Communications, USDA Forest Service in Forestry Research and Science Jun 07, 2018 A beautiful lake lies below the Minarets in the Ansel Adam Wilderness Inyo National Forest, California. (Courtesy photo by Ediza Lake) Behind every drop of water from the …

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USDA and FDA Announce Key Step to Advance Collaborative Efforts to Streamline Produce Safety Requirements for Farmers

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2018 – As part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s ongoing effort to make the oversight of food safety stronger and more efficient, USDA and FDA today announced the alignment of the USDA Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices Audit Program (USDA …

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ARS Scientists Explore Ways to Minimize Runoff from Golf Courses

Posted by Dennis O’Brien, Public Affairs Specialist, Agricultural Research Service in Research and Science Jun 05, 2018 ARS scientists in St. Paul, Minnesota, and their partners at the University of Minnesota are helping to protect waterways by minimizing runoff from the nation’s golf courses. Photo by Pamela Rice. More than …

Goodman Food Products Recalls Fully Cooked Ground Beef Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination
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Goodman Food Products Recalls Fully Cooked Ground Beef Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Goodman Food Products, Texas, Inc., a Mansfield, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 34,400 pounds of fully cooked ground beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials.

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Knowledge is Power with New Users Guides for Pork and Swine Market Reports

Posted by Michael Lynch, Director, AMS Livestock, Poultry, and Grain Market News in Animals Jun 04, 2018 USDA released a new User’s Guide to USDA’s Pork Carcass Cutout that explains the cutout value of a pork carcass reflecting the overall supply and demand for wholesale pork cuts. The smell of …

Supermercado Selectos Recalls Raw, Frozen Meat and Poultry Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection
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Supermercado Selectos Recalls Raw, Frozen Meat and Poultry Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection

Supermercado Selectos, a San Sebastián, Puerto Rico firm, is recalling an undetermined amount of various raw, frozen beef, pork and poultry products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection.

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USDA Resumes Continuous Conservation Reserve Program Enrollment

One-Year Extension Available to Holders of Many Expiring Contracts through Continuous Signup WASHINGTON, June 1, 2018 – As part of a 33-year effort to protect sensitive lands and improve water quality and wildlife habitat on private lands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will resume accepting applications for the voluntary …

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Death of Bald Eagle Yields Life Lessons for West Virginia Students

Posted by Karin Theophile, International Programs, USDA Forest Service in Forestry Jun 01, 2018 Jo Santiago with Freedom, an 18 year old bald eagle. Permanent injuries render him non-releasable but the magnificent raptor’s impact on audiences is powerful. (Photo credit: Sean Kelley) Most educators agree that experiential learning makes a …

Eddy Packing Co., Inc. Recalls Smoked Sausage Product due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination
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Eddy Packing Co., Inc. Recalls Smoked Sausage Product due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Eddy Packing Co., Inc., a Yoakum, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 18,390 pounds of smoked sausage that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically soft plastic.

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USDA Partners with Texas A&M to Help Veterans Seeking Agriculture Loans and Careers

Secretary Perdue announced the partnership today in Dallas, Texas. (Dallas, TX, May 31, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Texas A&M’s AgriLife Extension Service to help military veterans obtain loans and pursue careers as farmers and …

Ruiz Food Products, Inc. Recalls 12-Count Frozen Breakfast Burritos due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination
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Ruiz Food Products, Inc. Recalls 12-Count Frozen Breakfast Burritos due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Ruiz Food Products, Inc., a Denison, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 50,706 pounds of frozen breakfast burritos that may be contaminated with extraneous material.

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USDA Announces Pilot Program to Increase Homeownership Opportunities on Native Lands

Department is Partnering with Native Community Development Financial Institutions WASHINGTON, May 31, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is launching a pilot program to increase homeownership opportunities on Tribal lands. “To thrive, rural America needs a …

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USDA and FDA Cooperation Continues to Ensure a Safe Food Supply

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and USDA recognize that close communication and knowledge sharing is critical to ensuring a safe and abundant food supply for Americans and others.

USDA Offers Food Safety Tips for Areas Affected by Subtropical Storm Alberto
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USDA Offers Food Safety Tips for Areas Affected by Subtropical Storm Alberto

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for those who may be impacted by Subtropical Storm Alberto.

Hormel Foods Corporation Recalls Canned Pork and Chicken Products due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination
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Hormel Foods Corporation Recalls Canned Pork and Chicken Products due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Hormel Food Corp., a Fremont, NE establishment, is recalling approximately 228,614 pounds of canned pork and chicken products that may be contaminated with foreign matter, specifically pieces of metal.

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In Quiet Remembrance of Patriots and Comrades

War has always been a dirty job. Disproportionately, rural America has shouldered the task. Men and women across towns, farms, and ranches always stepped up in times of crisis. They still do. Voluntary military service by less than one percent of our population merits our gratitude.

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United States Takes Action Against Canadian Trade Measures That Discriminate Against U.S. Wine

(Washington, D.C., May 25, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer announced today that the Trump Administration has requested that the World Trade Organization (WTO) establish a dispute settlement panel to examine unfair regulations governing the sale of wine in grocery stores in …

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A Living Memorial to Mitigate Wildfire Risk

On June 30, 2013, the Yarnell Hill Fire – the deadliest U.S. wildfire in 80 years – broke out in Arizona’s Yavapai County, killing 19 Granite Mountain Hot Shot firefighters. Since then, local residents and land managers have taken steps to honor the memory of the fallen by caring for …

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H-2A Agricultural Worker Visa Modernization Joint Cabinet Statement

(Washington, D.C., May 24, 2018) — When President Trump addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation in January of this year, he reminded the audience that his commitment to our farmers has been clear since the day his Administration began: “From that day on, we have been working every day to …

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AMS Sets the Gold Standard for Cotton

Despite its relatively small size and location in Memphis, Tennessee, the Agricultural Marketing Service, Standardization & Engineering Division (S&E) within the USDA Cotton & Tobacco Program (C&T) plays a giant role in both the U.S. and international cotton marketing systems.

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NASS Highlights National Barbecue Month

With summer right around the corner, it’s time to break out the grill and cornhole – May is National Barbecue Month! It’s also national beef, egg, strawberry, and salad month. Apropos of a backyard shindig, lemonade and apple pie days are also in May. As a matter of fact, the …

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In Conversation with #WomeninAg: Kelsey Ducheneaux

Each month, USDA shares stories of women in agriculture who are leading the industry and helping other women succeed along the way. This month, we hear from Kelsey Ducheneaux, a member of the Lakota Sioux Nation. Alongside her work as a beef cattle rancher on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation …

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Give Yourself a Hand!

“Clean vs. dirty” is a concept that seems easy enough to understand. You know your jeans are dirty when they get grass stains on them, because you can easily see the stains. Seeing bacteria on your food is a different story. All foodborne bacteria are microscopic and can’t be seen …

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USDA Invests $256 Million in Water Infrastructure in Rural Communities

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., May 23, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $256 million in 81 projects (PDF, 233 KB) to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural areas in 35 states.

Kick Off Grilling Season with Food Safety in Mind
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Kick Off Grilling Season with Food Safety in Mind

For many Americans, the summer grilling and travel season begins this upcoming weekend. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) wants to make sure you and your family avoid food poisoning this summer. An estimated 128,000 Americans are hospitalized with food poisoning each year, but …

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Oh, the Places You’ll Go – With Food Safety!

“Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!” Welcome to yet another rendition of the infamous Dr. Seuss tale that you’ve probably heard at your graduation ceremonies and from family and friends. By the time I graduated college, I could basically recite this genius …

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Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue: “Trump Administration Stands Behind Ag Producers”

Trump Administration Stands Behind Ag Producers By Secretary Sonny Perdue Omaha World-Herald May 20, 2018 … Throughout my travels, I’ve heard from the people living in rural America about what they want out of this administration: a boost in the economy, a decrease in burdensome regulations, an increase in trade …

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Exporting Used Textiles Helps Global and Local Economies

Donating used clothing to charities obviously helps clothe and employ fellow Americans, but other benefits fly below the radar: exporting worn textiles provides income to low- and middle-income foreign countries, and also helps the environment. That win-win-win situation gives new meaning to the phrase, “giving the shirt off your back.”

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Pick a Peach: 5 Ways to Enjoy Canned Peaches

Did you know the southern states of Georgia and South Carolina both name the peach as their state fruit? Whether they’re fresh, canned, dried or frozen, peaches can easily be included in a healthy eating pattern. Canned peaches are not only delicious and nutritious, but are easy to use because …

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The Many Benefits of Energy Development on Forest Service Lands

When you think of energy and mineral production, you don’t normally think about the USDA Forest Service. Green mountainsides, birch tree canopies, or pine-lined roadways may come to mind.

Hempler Foods Group Recalls Ready-To-Eat Pepperoni Sticks Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen
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Hempler Foods Group Recalls Ready-To-Eat Pepperoni Sticks Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen

Hempler Foods Group, a Ferndale, Wash., establishment, is recalling approximately 8,535 pounds of ready-to-eat pepperoni sticks due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.

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Secretary Perdue Applauds Red Tape Reduction for Farmers

(Washington, D.C., May 17, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded the removal of a burdensome regulation that has long plagued family farms. The rule requiring producers to obtain Data Universal Number System (DUNS) and System for Award Management (SAM) numbers to participate in U.S. Department of …