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Football Players Encourage Students to Fuel Up to Play 60

Houston Texans middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans spoke to students at the pep rally to kick off Fuel Up to Play 60 at Pershing Middle School in Houston, Texas.

Houston Texans middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans spoke to students at the pep rally to kick off Fuel Up to Play 60 at Pershing Middle School in Houston, Texas.

“Fuel, fuel;  Up, Up” and “Let’s Play 60!” were the cheers of the day at Dealey Montessori Vanguard and International Academy in Dallas on September 21.  School cheerleaders and Rowdy, the Dallas Cowboys mascot, led the school-wide pep rally to kick off the school’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program. Read more »

NIFA Honors Outstanding Grantees with Partnership Awards

Betsy Greene (L) and Kathy Anderson (R) were honored with one of four Partnership Awards from NIFA for their outstanding work on the eXtension HorseQuest Leadership Team.

Betsy Greene (L) and Kathy Anderson (R) were honored with one of four Partnership Awards from NIFA for their outstanding work on the eXtension HorseQuest Leadership Team.

Every time we close out a fiscal year and report on the outcomes our grants have supported, I am always astounded by the vast scope of work accomplished by the thousands of grantees who have received awards from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). During our annual awards ceremony this week, we took time out to honor the outstanding work of the best of the best — four grantees received NIFA Partnership Awards for their exemplary work and contribution in support of the USDA mission and for their positive impacts on agriculture. Read more »

USDA Co-Sponsors Forum on Accelerating Progress Toward Sustainability

Ann Bartuska, Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, addresses the symposium on sustainability.

Ann Bartuska, Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, addresses the symposium on sustainability.

USDA science agencies recently joined the National Research Council, Farm Foundation, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, and Organic Farming Research Foundation in a symposium to discuss implementing the recommendations of the National Research Council report, “Toward Sustainable Agricultural Systems in the 21st Century.” Read more »

Oregon’s Coquille Indian Tribe Hosts USDA Consultation at Traditional Native American Plankhouse

A Plankhouse on the southern Oregon coast was the site of a tribal consultation meeting last week with USDA officials.

A Plankhouse on the southern Oregon coast was the site of a tribal consultation meeting last week with USDA officials.

A new, yet traditional cedar Plankhouse on the southern Oregon coast provided a culturally appropriate setting for American Indian Tribal leaders to gather with USDA Rural Development last week. At the meeting, Tribes from across the state provided feedback to help improve the delivery of USDA Electric, Telecommunications, Broadband, and Water and Environmental Programs in Indian Country. Read more »

4-H Makes Good Scientific Sense

Acaimie Catron is a 16 year old 4-H member from Tippecanoe County, IN.  She is interested in pursuing a career in food sciences or business management.

Acaimie Catron is a 16 year old 4-H member from Tippecanoe County, IN. She is interested in pursuing a career in food sciences or business management.

This post is part of a special series written by students celebrating 4-H’s commitment to science.

What is 4-H? Does 4-H offer youth any opportunities to learn about science? As a very involved eight-year 4-H member, I believe I hold the key to unlocking the answers to these questions. Read more »

USDA Rural Development Finances a Southwest Ohio Health Clinic Expansion With Recovery Act Support

(From left) Dr. Gene Wright, HPWO board chairperson and his wife Jeanne; Randy Runyon, Ohio Association of Community Health Centers President/CEO; Tony Logan, Ohio Rural Development State Director; Patricia Morones, Golden Acres Ministrant Center; Phillip Morones, Golden Acres Ministrant Center; Richard Zsambok, Mayor New Carlisle City Council; Janis Sunderhaus, HPWO CEO; and (Cutting ribbon) Lorena Royer, New Carlisle Center Director; gather during a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the official opening of the newly renovated health care clinic serving Clark and surrounding counties.

(From left) Dr. Gene Wright, HPWO board chairperson and his wife Jeanne; Randy Runyon, Ohio Association of Community Health Centers President/CEO; Tony Logan, Ohio Rural Development State Director; Patricia Morones, Golden Acres Ministrant Center; Phillip Morones, Golden Acres Ministrant Center; Richard Zsambok, Mayor New Carlisle City Council; Janis Sunderhaus, HPWO CEO; and (Cutting ribbon) Lorena Royer, New Carlisle Center Director; gather during a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the official opening of the newly renovated health care clinic serving Clark and surrounding counties.

Helping to bring quality health care to Ohio’s rural residents requires more than a passing interest; it demands a commitment that enables an organization to navigate the challenges that come with such a vision. Ohio Rural Development State Director Tony Logan joined the leadership of Health Partners of Western Ohio (HPWO) at a recent ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open their larger, newly renovated health clinic. Read more »