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New Purchase Program Helps Local Family Achieve Dream of Homeownership

The Yorgey family was tired of moving from place to place and watching their money constantly going towards rent payments. They wanted to be able to have a permanent place of their own for their growing family to live. But, the idea of that actually coming true seemed like a distant dream. Thanks to a new USDA Rural Development and Southeast Wisconsin Housing Corporation (SEWHC) partnership program, their dream has now become a reality. Read more »

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service Inspector Relays Food Safety Messages Across Borders from Montana to Georgia

Several months ago, I was selected to participate in a meat processing project that took me from Great Falls, Montana to Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.   I went under the auspices of the Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs (CNFA) – an organization supported by USAID – to offer advice on the methods and benefits of meat processing technology, as well as basic food safety skills.   Early on in my visit, I came to understand the rich history and culture of this nation, which leant a heavy influence over their methods and approaches toward meat processing – the ax and chopping-block method of cutting meat stuck out as a preferred taste for Georgians.  This is not a criticism, rather a tip-of-the-hat to their cultural awareness. Read more »

Invernaderos Aumentan el Ingreso Agrícola

Esta publicación es parte de la serie Martes de la Ciencia que es parte de los blogs del USDA. Visitanos cada semana ya que compartiremos  historias y noticias que son parte del rico  portafolio de ciencia e investigación dle USDA Read more »

Countdown to Thanksgiving: Cooking the Turkey

Cross-posted from the blog.

November is the busiest month of the year for those of us on the USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline. During the week of Thanksgiving, we get lots of questions about how to safely cook a turkey. Here are answers to the questions we hear most often. Read more »

Hoophouses Increase Farm Income

This post is part of the Science Tuesday feature series on the USDA blog. Check back each week as we showcase stories and news from the USDA’s rich science and research portfolio. Read more »

“World Class Treasure” video series on the Tongass National Forest

Alaska and brown bears are virtually synonymous, and this young bear shows he is as curious about visitors to Alaska as they are of him. (US Forest Service photo)

Alaska and brown bears are virtually synonymous, and this young bear shows he is as curious about visitors to Alaska as they are of him. (US Forest Service photo)

Mention to anyone that you traveled to or lived in Alaska, and they are immediately drawn to you with questions and curiosity. Even today Alaska embodies the pioneer spirit that drove generations of Americans to explore, tame and settle our great nation. The USDA Forest Service anticipates that type of attention to the dynamic segments they are posting to the USDA Forest Service Youtube channel beginning this week that highlight the features, resources, livelihoods and people who live in and around the Tongass National Forest. Read more »