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USDA Works with the Farm Foundation to Help Producers Develop Renewable Energy and Biomass

Earlier this month, I joined colleagues from several USDA agencies in Knoxville, Tennessee to discuss biomass production and renewable energy opportunities with producers.  The event was sponsored by the Farm Foundation. Read more »

Commemoration of 5th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

SWR RA Ludwig, Archbishop Gregory Michael Aymond, Priest Larry Snyder, and Roy Zuppardo, Chair of Second Harvest Food Bank Greater New Orleans and Acadiana assembled emergency food boxes at the food bank.

Archbishop Gregory Michael Aymond, Priest Larry Snyder, Southwest Region RA Ludwig, and Roy Zuppardo, Chair of Second Harvest Food Bank Greater New Orleans and Acadiana assembled emergency food boxes at the food bank.

On Friday, August 27, 2010, I was in New Orleans to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation to the Gulf Coast.  The event was held at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana.  It was a hot and humid morning as we began the assembly of emergency food boxes alongside Archbishop Gregory Michael Aymond, food bank executive director Natalie Jayroe and other notable citizens of New Orleans, the Gulf Coast and federal officials. Read more »

New Marketing Center for Local Producers Opens in Kentucky Thanks to Recovery Act Support from USDA

Administrator Canales talks with Martha Perkins, local Bath County Family Consumer Science Agent during a tour of the new marketing center.

Administrator Canales talks with Martha Perkins, local Bath County Family Consumer Science Agent during a tour of the new marketing center.

USDA Administrator of Business and Cooperative Programs Judy Canales got a taste of true southern hospitality when she visited Kentucky recently. Canales was able to experience the products of local artisans and agriculture producers that were on display in new Bath County Agricultural Education and Marketing Center in Owingsville. Read more »

New Forest Service Publication Supports Need for USDA All Lands Approach to Conservation

A new publication by the USDA Forest Service, Private Forest, Public Benefits, explains how privately held forests in the U.S. are under substantial stress from the effects of climate change, wildfire, insects, pathogens and urban development. And since 55 percent of all national forested lands are privately held, how we address these stresses will affect the vitally important role private forests play in America. Read more »