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Rural America at a Glance

The Economic Research Service recently looked at the economic trends in rural America.

The Economic Research Service recently looked at the economic trends in rural America.

Each year our agency, USDA’s Economic Research Service, produces a six-page brochure packed with information on social and economic conditions in rural areas of the nation. This information is particularly useful for agencies that develop policies and programs to assist rural areas. We recently released the 2010 edition, which focuses on the rural economy, including employment trends and demographics. Read more »

The Tailored Approach to Youth and Science

Hundreds of thousands of youth throughout the country are gathering today to celebrate 4-H National Youth Science Day by simultaneously conducting the National Science Experiment.

Hundreds of thousands of youth throughout the country are gathering today to celebrate 4-H National Youth Science Day by simultaneously conducting the National Science Experiment.

For the third year in a row, hundreds of thousands of youth throughout the country are gathering today to celebrate 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) by simultaneously conducting the National Science Experiment. Read more »

From soil conservation to engineering programs, 4-H has it all

Grace Baldwin is a 17 year old 4-H member from Tippecanoe, IN.

Grace Baldwin is a 17 year old 4-H member from Tippecanoe, IN.

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

My name is Grace Baldwin. I am a high school junior and nine-year 4-H member. 4-H has been a huge part of my life ever since I was very young. Last summer, I had an amazing opportunity to go to Ghana, Africa with my family. While visiting I met a civil engineer who was funded by a grant to work with the local people to teach them about water sanitation. It was then that I became interested in water sanitation and civil engineering. Read more »

USDA Deputy Administrator for Rural Utilities Participates in the 75th Anniversary of the Rural Electrification Administration (REA) in Nebraska

Pictured from the left are Reverend Clark Bates and wife, USDA Deputy Administrator for Rural Utilities Jessica Zufolo and former Administrator Chris McLean.

Pictured from the left are Reverend Clark Bates and wife, USDA Deputy Administrator for Rural Utilities Jessica Zufolo and former Administrator Chris McLean.

Jessica Zufolo, deputy administrator for the USDA Rural Utilities Service, was a guest speaker at the 75th anniversary of the Rural Electrification Administration (REA) celebration in McCook, Nebraska late last month.  Also attending were USDA Rural Development Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul, Colorado State Director Jim Isgar, and former Administrator for the Rural Utilities Service Chris McLean along with more than 100 attendees.  McLean is a former Nebraskan. Read more »

From the Heartland to Foreign Lands

A local farmer explains how his hoop houses allow him to maintain his crops through a tough Minnesota winter.

A local farmer explains how his hoop houses allow him to maintain his crops through a tough Minnesota winter.

In September, I was one of 28 Junior Professionals and two advisors from USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) who traveled to the Midwest for an annual agricultural training trip. This training opportunity exposed members of FAS’s Junior Professional Advisory Committee (JPAC) to a broad range of U.S. agriculture in Minnesota and Iowa. The trip also helped maintain and build direct relationships with the U.S. agricultural industry, reinforcing the Agency’s connection to its primary constituents. Read more »

Co-ops Make the World a Better Place

Paul Hazen, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Cooperative Business Association, speaking at a recent cooperatives event.

Paul Hazen, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Cooperative Business Association, speaking at a recent cooperatives event.

Cooperatives are born out of community need.  They are founded on the ideals of social responsibility and self-help.  For that reason, it seems most fitting that the seventh of the cooperative principles is “concern for community.”  Members of the National Cooperative Business Association—and cooperatives around the world—subscribe to all seven cooperative principles. Read more »