Snow, sleet, ice, and wind can wreak havoc on our every day lives. Winter! It’s a fact of modern life: sometimes the power goes out.
If your power goes out, knowing how to keep food safe can help minimize the loss of food and reduce the risk of foodborne illness. Read more »
FFAS Acting Under Secretary Scuse addresses U.S., Peruvian, and Ecuadorian companies at the opening plenary session of the U.S.-Peru-Ecuador Agribusiness Trade and Investment Mission to Lima, Peru. Pictured from the left are: Chargé d’Affaires Bruce Williamson, Peruvian Minister of Agriculture Rafael Quevedo, and Acting Under Secretary Michael Scuse. Photo Credit: Victor Malpica
On Monday, January 31, I had the honor of launching the U.S. Agribusiness Trade and Investment Mission to Peru and Ecuador in a room full of U.S., Peruvian, and Ecuadorian business leaders, government officials, and news reporters. Read more »
USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is helping expand access to healthy food in low-income communities.
USDA has launched a resource to assist in expanding access to healthy food and eliminating food deserts: www.usda.gov/fooddeserts. As outlined by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative, three Federal Departments – Agriculture, Treasury, and Health and Human Services – are working together for the first time to combat food desert issues. The webpage provides information on available grant programs that support the development of sustainable strategies aiming to increase access to healthy, affordable foods. Read more »
In “The Role of Nutrition Programs in Agriculture: From Tractor to Table,” USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has organized a session at this years Agricultural Outlook Forum addressing how the increase in consumer participation in the nutrition assistance programs has expanded FNS’ role not only among families but also in the marketplace. This session will explore the existing and new opportunities that now exist for food distributors, manufactures, retailers, and consumers. Speakers include: Cathleen Enright, Vice President Federal Government Affairs, Western Growers Association; Scott Faber, Vice President, Federal Affairs, Grocery Manufacturers Association; Jim Weill, President, Food Research and Action Center. Julie Paradis, Administrator, USDA Food and Nutrition Service, will moderate the session. Read more »
Apollo the tiger after being confiscated by APHIS
Each year, APHIS protects millions of animals nationwide that are covered by the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The Act, and accompanying regulations developed by APHIS, set Federal standards of care for animals that are bred at the wholesale level, used in research, transported commercially, or exhibited to the public. Under the law, APHIS has the authority and obligation to confiscate any AWA-regulated animal that is in a condition of unrelieved suffering. Read more »
In an address last month to students of the Peter Kiewit Institute and members of Nebraska’s agriculture industry, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack cited numerous examples of how USDA is meeting President Obama’s challenge to Americans to “out innovate, out educate and out build the competition.”
The Peter Kiewit Institute offers academic programs from both the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Engineering and the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s College of Information Science and Technology. Although the correlation between the Institute and the Department of Agriculture may not be immediately evident, Vilsack’s remarks quickly painted a picture of two entities with a common goal — success through innovation and technology. Read more »