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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 »

In Chicago, Chefs Move to Model School

Chicago’s Chef Duenas showed 3rd graders how to make a delicious, nutritious salad as part of the First Lady’s Chefs Move to Schools.

Chicago’s Chef Duenas showed 3rd graders how to make a delicious, nutritious salad as part of the First Lady’s Chefs Move to Schools.

When Chicago heard about First Lady Michelle Obama’s effort to match chefs with schools, the city popped! Inspired by a unique partnership between locally-based Healthy Schools Campaign and Chicago Public Schools, the city saw an impressive number of Second City chefs sign up to participate in the effort. Read more »

USDA Partnering for Wild Rice Restoration in Wisconsin

Seeding a lake with wild rice (photo provided by the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission)

Seeding a lake with wild rice (photo provided by the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission)

When summertime begins to transition to autumn in northern Wisconsin, towards the end of August and early September, Native Americans wait with anticipation for the Wild Rice Moon, the sign it is harvest time for the grain of such cultural importance to local tribes. Read more »

USDA, Co-ops Play Role in Helping Rural Residents Cut Electricity Costs

Earlier this month, Vice President Joe Biden announced a “Recovery Through Retrofit” initiative aimed at boosting energy efficiency in homes across the country. As part of the effort, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has developed Home Energy Score software that will standardize home energy audits, providing homeowners with a score, a list of possible upgrades, and a breakdown of the costs and benefits of recommended upgrades. Read more »

Recovery Act Funding Provides New Emergency Services Facility for a Flood-Damaged Iowa Community

Groundbreaking - A new emergency services building in Elkader, Iowa will improve public safety for thousands of residents in northeast Iowa.

Groundbreaking - A new emergency services building in Elkader, Iowa will improve public safety for thousands of residents in northeast Iowa.

Local fire departments and emergency service personnel play a critical role in ensuring community safety.  Every community, no matter how small, should have access to top-quality emergency services. Read more »