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Natural Resources Conservation Service Helps Landowner Manage Inherited Property

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program helped Winston County, Miss. resident Kathy Land plant 200 acres of pine trees on land that she inherited.

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program helped Winston County, Miss. resident Kathy Land plant 200 acres of pine trees on land that she inherited.

When Mississippian Kathy Land suddenly inherited 200 acres of century-old family land, the middle school history teacher wasn’t sure what to do. The idle fields were overgrown, and the Winston County native knew she needed help. Read more »

National Nutrition Month Brings Accessible Nutrition Information to Most Popular Meat and Poultry Products

Turkey label example.

Turkey label example.

March is National Nutrition Month, and the Food Safety and Inspection Service is improving the way consumers receive nutritional information about the meat and poultry products they most frequently purchase.  Beginning today, ground or chopped meat and poultry products, such as ground turkey and hamburger, will be required to have nutrition facts panels on their packages, just like the ones seen on most other foods at the grocery store.  For other popular cuts of raw meat and poultry, including chicken wings and pork tenderloin, that same nutrition information may appear on package labels or on easily accessible materials near the meat counter. Read more »

Individuals Across the Country Help Stop the Spread of Citrus Diseases

Thanks to everyone who reported suspected citrus disease on USDA’s updated Save Our Citrus online Report It form.  We have now received submissions from every citrus-producing state in the country.  Using this new reporting form, site visitors can compare their own citrus plants to photos of four very serious foreign citrus diseases.  If they believe their citrus is sick with citrus greening, citrus canker, sweet orange scab, or citrus black spot, they can submit a report and upload a photo in seconds.

With the rapid spread of citrus diseases, APHIS realized the need for eyes on the ground, in every backyard, and wherever citrus is grown.  Residents are the first line of defense in stopping the devastation caused by citrus diseases. Read more »