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Vice President Releases a Report Highlighting USDA and Other Recovery Act Projects that are Changing America

If you want more proof that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has produced major economic improvement in America, check out the report issued Friday by Vice President Biden.  It highlights some of the most innovative Recovery Act projects undertaken across America and I’m proud to say that a number of those were supported by USDA. Read more »

USDA Receives Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Award

Accepting the ACHP Award for Federal Preserve America Accomplishment given for a series of youth summits in Colorado at the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation quarterly business meeting in Washington D.C. on Sept. 16, 2010 were, from left: Undersec

Accepting the ACHP Award for Federal Preserve America Accomplishment given for a series of youth summits in Colorado at the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation quarterly business meeting in Washington D.C. on Sept. 16, 2010 were, from left: Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment Harris Sherman, Department of Agriculture; Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar; Ann Pritzlaff, on behalf of Colorado Preservation, Inc., the Colorado Historical Society, and herself. Presenting the award was ACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson (right). The youth summits were made possible due to participation and support from units of the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Forest Service in Colorado. Photo courtesy of Tami Heilemann, National Business Center, Department of the Interior.

The Forest Service played an integral role with USDA and DOI being selected as recipients of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) Award for Federal Preserve America Accomplishment.

On Sept. 16, both Departments were  recognized at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. for their outstanding support for Colorado Preserve America Youth Summits over the past five years provided by the Forest Service, National Park Service (NPS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

The ACHP and its partners have been working proactively to involve and educate youth in natural and cultural historic preservation activities and increase participation and diversity. To date, there have been five successful Colorado Youth Summits, which included active participation of Forest Service, NPS and BLM employees in the state.

USDA Rural Development Puerto Rico Joins With NRCS to Feed Families

USDA Employees in Puerto Rico collect food as part of the "Feds Feed Families" food drive.

USDA Employees in Puerto Rico collect food as part of the "Feds Feed Families" food drive.

We recently marked the final day of Feds Feed Families Campaign.

José Otero-García, USDA Rural Development State Director for Puerto Rico, led the efforts of the Campaign that included the help from our sister Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). We collected 500 pounds of food and more is on the way. Read more »

Little Colorado Medical Center in Arizona Will Provide Improved Medical Services and Create Jobs

In the 14th century the Hisat’sinom people, ancestors of the Hopis, found themselves on the sandy slopes of a rich flood plain while on their migration north. This beautiful location in the Little Colorado River Valley was so compelling that the people stayed and established a community they called Homolovi—“Place of the Little Hills”. Read more »

USDA Recovery Act Grant Helps Establish a Telepharmacy to Help Seniors, Town Residents, in Minnesota

Bryan Hagen, right, of Sterling Drug discusses a new telepharmacy in Adrian, Minn., with Nate Arch from Sen. Al Franken’s office, USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer and Matt Wohlman from Rep. Tim Walz’s office.

Bryan Hagen, right, of Sterling Drug discusses a new telepharmacy in Adrian, Minn., with Nate Arch from Sen. Al Franken’s office, USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer and Matt Wohlman from Rep. Tim Walz’s office.

For most of its 130-year existence, the city of Adrian, Minn., has had the services of a hometown pharmacist. That is, until the local pharmacy was forced to close in 2008. Read more »

“Through My Eyes”-A Missouri Community Gets a New Hospital With USDA and Recovery Act Funding Support

The Flag is raised in front of a new hospital in Missouri, funded with support from USDA Rural Development

The Flag is raised in front of a new hospital in Missouri, funded with support from USDA Rural Development

I am winding through rural roads in extreme northwest Missouri, away from any large city, in the middle of the country, basically out in the middle of nowhere as some would say, and I am thinking about the investment Rural Development is making; thinking about the amount of money we have provided to the community of Fairfax, population 645 and the county of Atchison, population 6,430. The total investment is almost $39 million for a new hospital, regional wholesale water system, and city distribution system. Read more »