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Celebrating All Things Dairy for National Dairy Month

People of all ages can participate in National Dairy Month.  Visit the National Dairy Council’s website for some great dairy-based recipes.

People of all ages can participate in National Dairy Month. Visit the National Dairy Council’s website for some great dairy-based recipes.

During June, we often celebrate many things: National Homeownership Month, the end of the school year and graduations, Father’s Day, and being able to watch our favorite teams duke it on the baseball diamond.  But at USDA we have another favorite June celebration – National Dairy Month. Read more »

El Yunque National Forest: U.S. Forest Service Works to Address Urban Expansion

El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico. At 28,000 acres, it’s the smallest national forest and the only tropical rain forest the Forest Service owns, boasting the greatest biodiversity among national forests.

El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico. At 28,000 acres, it’s the smallest national forest and the only tropical rain forest the Forest Service owns, boasting the greatest biodiversity among national forests.

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 USDA’s rich science and research portfolio.

El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico is unique for the U.S. Forest Service. At 28,000 acres, it’s the smallest national forest and the only tropical rain forest managed by the Forest Service, boasting the greatest biodiversity among national forests. Read more »

USDA RD helps A Small Arizona Town Improve Street Safety

A construction worker at the curb and gutter project in the Yaqui community of Guadalupe, Arizona. The project was funded in part with a Rural Development Community Facilities grant.

There is something sweet and quaint about the small town of Guadalupe, Arizona.

The 5,000 plus residents are mostly descendants of the original Yaqui Indian/Mexican settlers—many of whom migrated from the south in the early 1920s for construction work on the canals being built within the Salt River Valley. Read more »

Programa de Servicios de Alimentos de Verano Cubre Necesidades en el Centro Healing Waters en Colorado

Subsecretario Kevin Concannon (izquierda) se reúne con el Dr. Danny Carroll, miembro de la junta de la Conferencia Nacional de Líderes Hispanos Cristianos (centro) y el Pastor Joseito Velásquez del Centro Familiar Fuente Sanadora.

Siendo partícipe en la inauguración de la semana nacional dedicada al Programa de Alimentos de Verano (SFSP, por sus siglas en inglés) que se llevo a cabo del 11 al 15 de Junio, estuve en Denver, Colorado, donde visité dos centros de comida estupendos. Read more »

Summer Food Service Program Fills Need at Healing Waters Center in Colorado

Under Secretary Kevin Concannon (left) meets Senior Pastor Joseito Velasquez, Healing Waters Family Center (center) and Dr. Danny Carroll, a board member of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.

As part of the national Summer Food Service Program Kickoff (SFSP) Week June 11-15, I was in Denver, Colorado, and visited two great Colorado SFSP sites.

One of those sites was in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, just west of downtown Denver.  Healing Waters Family Center has a 90 percent Hispanic congregation.  Last summer, after participating in a webinar co-sponsored by USDA and the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), Healing Waters became an SFSP sponsor for the first time and had a very positive experience.  Read more »

In Pursuit of Answers to Thwart Threatening Invaders

An APHIS employee at the Center for Plant Health Science and Technology Otis Lab prepared an agarose gel for electrophoresis of DNA.  The Otis Lab’s mission is to identify, develop, and transfer technology for the survey, exclusion, and control of plant pests and diseases.

An APHIS employee at the Center for Plant Health Science and Technology Otis Lab prepared an agarose gel for electrophoresis of DNA. The Otis Lab’s mission is to identify, develop, and transfer technology for the survey, exclusion, and control of plant pests and diseases.

It’s at that first alarm, when an invasive species is discovered within U.S. borders, that scientists at USDA APHIS’ Center for Plant Health Science and Technology (CPHST) power up to solve a biological puzzle and protect American resources. Read more »