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On the Waterfront, Ag Trade Is Booming

With a container ship docked in the background, Secretary Vilsack speaks at the Port of Long Beach yesterday about the importance of farm exports to our economy.

With a container ship docked in the background, Secretary Vilsack speaks at the Port of Long Beach yesterday about the importance of farm exports to our economy.

I visited Long Beach, Calif., yesterday to talk about the importance of trade. It’s clear to me that if we are to build an economy that works for future generations, we must help our businesses continue to grow, innovate and out-compete the rest of the world. Continuing to see farm export growth will be a key indication that our nation’s economy is moving in the right direction. Read more »

Going for the Gold in the HealthierUS School Challenge

Jenod Deuce McAllister poses with Byram Middle School cheerleaders after their school received the HUSSC Gold Award (photo by Debbie Smoot).Jenod Deuce McAllister poses with Byram Middle School cheerleaders after their school received the HUSSC Gold Award (photo by Debbie Smoot).

Jenod Deuce McAllister poses with Byram Middle School cheerleaders after their school received the HUSSC Gold Award (photo by Debbie Smoot).

Cross posted from the Let’s Move! blog:

Most Olympians will tell you that going for the “gold” is never an easy road.  They will also tell you that it is an achievement that requires dedication and hard work, but the rewards are well worth the effort. Those rewards are even greater when the outcome improves the health and well-being of children. Read more »

USDA’s Food Assistance Program Legacy Lives On

The United States has a long history of helping those in need and USDA has played a large role in these efforts over the years. The U.S. government’s food assistance programs were born in a time of conflict. Food aid played a crucial role in the reconstruction of Europe after World War II. Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Acting Under Secretary Michael Scuse reflected on America’s food aid legacy and renewed efforts to combat world hunger during a speech today at the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) Nutrition and Development Conference. Read more »

Want to Help Feed Hungry Kids This Summer? Check Out Our New Webinars and Outreach Toolkits!

Each summer, children wait for the last bell of the school year.  Summer is an exciting time for children to enjoy playtime with friends, a week at camp, a family vacation, or time at the pool.  But for many children who receive free and reduced-price meals at school, summer can mean hunger.  Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow, throughout the summer months when they are out of school. Read more »

See First Hand How Partnerships Impact Children

Children pose for a picture with Dallas Cowboys Sean Lee.

Children pose for a picture with Dallas Cowboys Sean Lee.

Celebrations always seem bigger in Texas. And the one on February 25, at Brawner Intermediate School in Granbury, Texas, was no exception.  The event  recognized the school’s invaluable partnership with dairy farmers, the Fuel Up to Play 60 program and USDA, who teamed to make an unprecedented pledge to improve health and fitness of kids across the country.  The school’s efforts are an integral component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative and just one example of the public-private partnerships that are critical to solving the challenges we face. Read more »

USDA Statisticians Offer Lesson Plans to Enhance Classroom Education

This post is part of the Science Tuesday feature series on the U.S. Department of Agriculture blog. Check back each week as we showcase stories and news from the agency’s rich science and research portfolio.

During this week – National Agriculture Week—agriculture groups all across the country are coming together to recognize and promote agriculture’s numerous contributions to society. National Agriculture Week also gives the farm community an opportunity to reach out to students and educators to reinforce the importance of agricultural education in the classroom.  To that end, new classroom lesson plans that meet National Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources standards along with outreach kits are available to teachers and students. Read more »