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Growth of the Chinese Swine Industry Contributes to U.S. Soybean Exports

Scientists conduct a soy hull trial in China.

Scientists conduct a soy hull trial in China.

The U.S. soy industry, represented by the American Soybean Association, the U.S. Soybean Export Council, and the United Soybean Board, recently used USDA Market Access Program and Foreign Market Development Program funding to provide valuable technical training to the Chinese swine sector. The gradual shift of Chinese swine production from traditional backyard farming towards more commercial-scale production has increased consumption of commercial feed, particularly soybean meal.   Read more »

Dr. Terry Morris on World Veterinary Year

Hello, I’m Dr. Terry Morris, a veterinarian with USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Veterinary Regulatory Support (VRS) staff, where I’m currently the acting Assistant Director.  I’m responsible for managing VRS’ 17 Agriculture Quarantine Inspection Veterinary Medical Officers that are strategically located throughout the United States, including ensuring that they have all of the necessary knowledge, equipment, supplies, and regulatory support necessary to effectively safeguard the U.S. from foreign plant and animal diseases at the local level.  I’ve been with USDA APHIS since 2001.  I started out in USDA’s Veterinary Services National Center for Import and Export program and then came over to the VRS staff in 2007.

How did I choose to become a veterinarian?  When I was in sixth grade, my dog died and my family was unable to afford any expenses associated with determining the cause of death.  I wanted to know why my dog died.  I took it upon myself to become a veterinarian, both to learn why and so that I could prevent other people’s pets from dying. Read more »

Christmas Tree Cutters: Make Sure Safety is on your List this Year

Young child assists with carrying a cut Christmas tree. The Forest Service  would like to remind those tree cutters to put safety first on their lists this year.

Young child assists with carrying a cut Christmas tree. The Forest Service would like to remind those tree cutters to put safety first on their lists this year.

During this holiday season, tree cutters are looking for the perfect, pristine Christmas tree as they trek through our national forests as part of their holiday tradition.

However, the Forest Service would like to remind those tree cutters to put safety first on their lists this year. Read more »

Forging the Future for Diversity and Inclusion

On Monday, USDA hosted a Hispanic Roundtable on recruiting, hiring and retaining Latino employees. The goal of this meeting was to further our partnerships with Hispanic-serving organization in order to better meet the needs of the populations we serve and to solicit best practices, ideas, and strategies to increase employment of Hispanics at USDA.

If someone had told me when I was younger that I would end up working at USDA—I would have never believed them. My parents were farmers and the reason that I ended up where I am today is because I was given an opportunity. Read more »

Oregon Forest Home for World’s Tallest Living Pine Tree

Tim Lovitt, a seasonal forester, stands next to the base of a 240-foot ponderosa pine, which has a smaller diameter than the ponderosa “Phalanx.” USFS photo.

Tim Lovitt, a seasonal forester, stands next to the base of a 240-foot ponderosa pine, which has a smaller diameter than the ponderosa “Phalanx.” USFS photo.

The ponderosa pine is fairly easy to identify. The orange-hued checked bark is well known to westerners.

What might not be as well known though is that these native trees can grow to sizes rivaling giant redwoods. Read more »