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Pipe Springs Ranch: Colorado’s 2011 Leopold Conservation Award Winners

The McEndree siblings have worked together to run their family ranching operation for seven years, and were recently awarded the Leopold Conservation Award.

The McEndree siblings have worked together to run their family ranching operation for seven years, and were recently awarded the Leopold Conservation Award.

In the southeastern-most part of Colorado lays the historic town of Springfield, known for its farming and cattle ranching communities. Read more »

Restoring Native White and Red Pine Plant Communities in Minnesota

Rieber Paulson monitoring the growth on a 5-year old white pine.

Rieber Paulson monitoring the growth on a 5-year old white pine.

Rieber Paulson knew part of his 40-acre forest in Northern Minnesota needed to be harvested.  He also had a vision of what the area should eventually look like. Read more »

USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service Helps Virginia Ag Exporters Thrive in Asia

Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore discussed aquaculture with business developers outside of Shanghai, China. Haymore was a key member of a delegation from Virginia who recently embarked on a trade mission to Asia, which was supported by Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) employees assigned to the region.

Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore discussed aquaculture with business developers outside of Shanghai, China. Haymore was a key member of a delegation from Virginia who recently embarked on a trade mission to Asia, which was supported by Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) employees assigned to the region.

Helping American farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses gain and maintain access to international markets is one of the most important roles of USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). Read more »

Small Plant News: Rural Development Stands Ready to Assist Small Meat and Poultry Plants with Loans

[Editor's note: a version of this article was originally published in the Food Safety and Inspection Service's Small Plant News.  This post covers Rural Development loan programs available to small plants; an upcoming post will cover Rural Development grant programs.]

If you are a small packinghouse or processor and you want to expand, upgrade, or update your facility, assistance is available. As covered in the Volume 1, Number 3 issue of Small Plant News, USDA’s Rural Development is ready to offer assistance in the form of loans and grants, which this two-part series will examine. Read more »

Northeast Kansas Community Celebrates Hospital Opening with Support of USDA Rural Development

Grand opening at the Community Memorial Healthcare Hospital in Marysville, Kansas.  USDA Rural Development participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony with Marysville Chamber of Commerce, Community Memorial Healthcare Administration, Kansas Hospital Association, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, JE Dunn Construction and Hoefer Wysocki Architects.  Community Memorial Healthcare Photo.

Grand opening at the Community Memorial Healthcare Hospital in Marysville, Kansas. USDA Rural Development participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony with Marysville Chamber of Commerce, Community Memorial Healthcare Administration, Kansas Hospital Association, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, JE Dunn Construction and Hoefer Wysocki Architects. Community Memorial Healthcare Photo.

Several partners and more than 500 supporters attended the dedication and grand opening of the Community Memorial Healthcare Hospital in Marysville, Kan.  Sultry conditions throughout the afternoon didn’t stop the community from celebrating its new state-of-the-art facility.  Read more »

Gardening in Housing Units Yields More than Produce

Kirkendall Heights, located in Ellsworth, Kan., developed new whiskey barrel gardens.  Residents Betty Jo and Eric are proud to show off their new gardens.

Kirkendall Heights, located in Ellsworth, Kan., developed new whiskey barrel gardens. Residents Betty Jo and Eric are proud to show off their new gardens.

Kansas gardening projects and the USDA People’s Garden initiative were featured items during the Rural Rental Housing Association of Kansas (RRHAK) Annual Meeting.  Aimee Omohundro from USDA Rural Development, David Coltrain from Kansas State University Research and Extension, Shari Wilson from the Kansas Association of Conservation and Environmental Education, and Terri Bradshaw from Homestead Affordable Housing discussed how to start a garden, rewards of gardening and how to get the community involved. Read more »