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An Alaska Housing Authority Names USDA Rural Development “Lender of the Year”

USDA Rural Development has a long history of providing rural Americans with access to safe, sanitary and affordable housing.  In interior Alaska, quality housing is a basic need.  Temperatures regularly plunge far below zero, often to as cold as -60 F. Thanks to extra effort on the part of some dedicated USDA employees, this winter a number of rural families in interior Alaska communities will have homes they can be proud of. Read more »

FSA Participa en Evento para la Contratación de Hispanos con Estudios Superiores

La Agencia de Servicio Agrícola (“Farm Service Agency” o FSA, por sus siglas en inglés) se enorgullece de encabezar la marcha en la representación del USDA en un importante evento nacional a favor de la educación de los hispanos.  La ocasión fue la convención anual de la Asociación Hispana de Universidades (“Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities” o HACU), celebrada este año en San Diego, California. La oficina de la FSA del estado de California estuvo a cargo de coordinar la participación, y se me asigno la responsabilidad de montar y atender el quiosco de información, junto con otros funcionarios de la FSA y de Desarrollo Rural (“Rural Development”) en California. El quiosco de la FSA figuró como un punto focal de atención para los estudiantes y varias otras agencias del USDA también compartieron con éxito su información con los estudiantes presentes. Read more »

USDA Rural Development Participates at FSA Forum in Puerto Rico to Encourage Biofuel Production

On November 3, 2010 a Biofuels Round Table Forum was held at El Yunque National Rain Forest Park in the municipality of Río Grande, Puerto Rico. Read more »

A Maryland Egg Producer Plans to Cut Energy Costs and Create Electricity with USDA Rural Development and State Support

Monday was breezy in rural Maryland, but a crowd of about 70 was in high spirits as federal, state and local officials gathered at Sunnyside Farms to inaugurate a new solar panel system that will reduce power costs at this major egg producing facility. Read more »

Countdown to Thanksgiving: Plan Ahead

Cross-posted from the blog.

Thanksgiving is closer than you think. If you’re thinking about having a traditional turkey dinner, now is the time to begin planning the big meal. Planning ahead can help ensure that the special meal is successful, safe, and stress-free. Read more »

Pennsylvania Ag Producers Learn about Biofuels Production Opportunities

Bill Wehry, (left) USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director for Pennsylvania addresses the audience at the Pennsylvania Biofuels Summit

Bill Wehry, (left) USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director for Pennsylvania addresses the audience at the Pennsylvania Biofuels Summit

Over 50 biofuel stakeholders and agricultural leaders participated in Pennsylvania’s Biofuels Forum on October 27th. Read more »