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Biofuels Forum Held in Presque Isle, Maine, Seeks Input from Local Producers and Stakeholders

USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel and USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Don Todd at a Biofuels Forum held in Presque Isle, Maine

USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel and USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Don Todd at a Biofuels Forum held in Presque Isle, Maine

USDA Rural Development and the Farm Service Agency held a Forum on Expanding the U.S. Biofuels Market on October 15 at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. I participated in this important Forum, which sought input from local biofuels producers and stakeholders on the USDA’s interim plan on how to develop a successful biofuels market. The plan outlines the development of a successful biofuels market capable of achieving the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standards mandate of producing and using 36 billion gallons or renewable transportation fuel per year by 2022. Read more »

The Word on Healthy Birds: A Backyard Poultry Webinar

People all over the country are raising backyard poultry these days.  Some raise birds to have a steady supply of fresh eggs, some as part of their commitment to eating locally, some to sell eggs to their friends and neighbors at the local farmers market. Read more »

Partnerships Critical to Ending Hunger – A Look Back at Hunger Action Month

FOX-Chicago News reporter Patrick Elwood reported live on the efforts of Greater Chicago Food Depository, Jewel food stores, and dozens of volunteers to raise food and money for Hunger Action Month.

FOX-Chicago News reporter Patrick Elwood reported live on the efforts of Greater Chicago Food Depository, Jewel food stores, and dozens of volunteers to raise food and money for Hunger Action Month.

At USDA Food and Nutrition Service, partnerships are critical to our success in reducing hunger in America. From school lunch to food banks, FNS programs operate more effectively with strong partnerships. Read more »

A Rural Mississippi Community Gets a New Library with USDA Recovery Act Support

When almost half a million dollars for a new library comes to Fayette, Mississippi, it brings the whole community to the event, as seen in this photo.

When almost half a million dollars for a new library comes to Fayette, Mississippi, it brings the whole community to the event, as seen in this photo.

Jefferson County in Mississippi, a rural county with a population of almost 10,000, was the site of an event last week commemorating a USDA Rural Development Community Facilities grant and loan combination that will bring a modern, state-of-the-art library to that county. Read more »

“A Personal Impact to Climate Change”: Preserving the Northwoods Landscape for Future Generations

A striking sunset crowns the trees surrounding this northern Wisconsin lake, whose impacts from climate change are reflected in the blog by Leslie Brandt, US Forest Service, below."

A striking sunset crowns the trees surrounding this northern Wisconsin lake, whose impacts from climate change are reflected in the blog by Leslie Brandt, US Forest Service, below.

Every summer since I was four years old, I’ve been returning to a small glacial lake in Northern Wisconsin where my family had summer cottages. As a child, I’d spend all day swimming in the lake that was darkened by the tannins secreted by the surrounding hemlock trees. The lake was often so cold that my lips turned purple, but not enough to break a determined child’s spirit. Read more »

Report Shows The Recovery Act Creates Jobs and Changes Lives for the Better

Secretary Tom Vilsack  with USDA Rural Development employees who administered Recovery Act expenditures: (Left to Right) Nancy House, Genevieve Sandoval, Cheryl Gamboney, Secretary Vilsack, Assistant Administrator Jacqueline Ponti-Lazaruk, and Greg Caramanica.

Secretary Tom Vilsack with USDA Rural Development employees who administered Recovery Act expenditures: (Left to Right) Nancy House, Genevieve Sandoval, Cheryl Gamboney, Secretary Vilsack, Assistant Administrator Jacqueline Ponti-Lazaruk, and Greg Caramanica.

Cross-posted from the White House Blog.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is a driving force in job creation and economic renewal in rural America. Read more »