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NRCS Conservation Efforts Benefit the Environment, Boosts Economy in Miss. Delta Town

A tailwater recovery stems traps and circulates water around fields, which conserves water while preventing runoff of sediments and nutrients into nearby natural waterways.

A tailwater recovery stems traps and circulates water around fields, which conserves water while preventing runoff of sediments and nutrients into nearby natural waterways.

Farmers and ranchers who use conservation practices on their land help clean water and air. Their operations are more efficient, and they promote the wise use of natural resources. Read more »

A Fungus Among Us—Author Names Oregon’s Humongous Fungus as one of the Grossest Places on Earth

Armillaria mycelial felts under the bark of a live-infected tree on Oct. 10, 2008. Note the resin exudate on the lower bole; another symptom of Armillaria infection. US Forest Service photo.

Armillaria mycelial felts under the bark of a live-infected tree on Oct. 10, 2008. Note the resin exudate on the lower bole; another symptom of Armillaria infection. US Forest Service photo.

According to Richard Faulk’s book “Gross America”, the Malheur National Forest in eastern Oregon’s Blue Mountains is “… one of my favorite gross places in America.”

That’s because it is home to arguably the largest living single organism on earth. Read more »

Thanksgiving Holiday Help: Plan Ahead

This Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season, the Food Safety and Inspection Service is sharing tips that can help take one worry off your plate: foodborne illness. Take advantage of our resources, like the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline, to help prepare a turkey that is both delicious and safe for your guests.

This Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season, the Food Safety and Inspection Service is sharing tips that can help take one worry off your plate: foodborne illness. Take advantage of our resources, like the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline, to help prepare a turkey that is both delicious and safe for your guests.

Cross posted from the foodsafety.gov blog:

Let’s face it, in November, a turkey will most likely find its way onto your menu. Planning ahead can help ensure that your special meal is successful, safe, and stress-free. If you have questions, the USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline offers planning tips and shares their top turkey questions and answers. Read more »