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Recovery Act Launches a Shooting Star, Funds for New Farmers Paying Dividends

 

Matt McCue and Lily Schneider of Shooting Star CSA survived the process of becoming a California Certified Organic Farm.  They use no chemicals or pesticides, and rely on practices that reduce impact on the environment.

Matt McCue and Lily Schneider of Shooting Star CSA survived the process of becoming a California Certified Organic Farm. They use no chemicals or pesticides, and rely on practices that reduce impact on the environment.

 The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) made many significant investments in small private enterprises in rural America. Shooting Star is a farm in Northern California where that investment is paying dividends.

Funds from ARRA, better known as the Recovery Act, made it possible for Matt McCue and Lily Schneider to launch their new farming venture in verdant Suisun Valley. They took the name Shooting Star from a colorful flower growing on nearby hillsides. This young couple, both in their mid-20s, started their organic operation with the help of two Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans, one funded by the Recovery Act. And they are grateful. Read more »

The Countdown Begins – 10 Days Left to Cast Your Vote!

Written by Sarah Alligood, Health Technician, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

A little over one week remains in the Apps for Healthy Kids voting period, and so far, over 11,500 votes have been tallied. In addition, support for the initiative continues to amplify, with the number of supporters reaching nearly 30,000! Of the 95 games and tools in the application gallery, favorites are beginning to emerge, but there is still time to vote for the apps that you think are most deserving of the $4,500 Popular Choice Awards. Read more »

Secretary Vilsack Honors Employees for Exemplary Service

Written by Hakim Fobia, Agricultural Marketing Service Public Affairs Specialist

Around the world, USDA employees continue their commitment to public service as a testament to Abraham Lincoln’s nickname as the “People’s Department.” Yesterday Secretary Tom Vilsack hosted the 62nd Annual Secretary’s Honors Awards, celebrating employees who went above and beyond the call of duty in support of the Department’s mission. Read more »