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Making Rabies History – World Rabies Day, September 28

Today is World Rabies Day. Scientists, public health professionals, veterinarians, wildlife biologists, and others from around the globe will celebrate World Rabies Day by raising awareness about efforts to rid the world of rabies. Rabies is one of the oldest known diseases, yet it remains a significant wildlife management and public health challenge.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proud to support efforts to eliminate this deadly disease through its Wildlife Services (WS) and Veterinary Services (VS) programs. Read more »

Cooperative Restoration Project Benefits Salmon, Water Quality

Before - Work such as this improves water quality and creates high-quality fish habitat for streams such as Oregon’s Sucker Creek.

Before - Work such as this improves water quality and creates high-quality fish habitat for streams such as Oregon’s Sucker Creek.

Annual construction efforts on a multi-year restoration project to improve water quality and create high-quality fish habitat is currently in progress on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Oregon. Read more »

Moving Forward in the Pacific Northwest

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack of the United States Department of Agriculture explaining the American Jobs Act to a group from the Portland, OR area on Tuesday, September 27, 2011. USDA Photo by Glen Sachet.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack of the United States Department of Agriculture explaining the American Jobs Act to a group from the Portland, OR area on Tuesday, September 27, 2011. USDA Photo by Glen Sachet.

I recently had the privilege of accompanying Secretary Vilsack at one of a series of White House Business Roundtables in Portland, Oregon. There, I met a diverse group of men and women representing a variety of business interests including food production, building construction, banking, equipment manufacturing, and renewable energy.  As part of the discussion, Secretary Vilsack shared the framework for the American Jobs Act – employing people now, building a platform for sustainable growth, and getting our fiscal house in order.    Read more »

Secretary Vilsack Goes West


Secretary Vilsack discusses the American Jobs Act at the Port of Sacramento

Secretary Vilsack discusses the American Jobs Act at the Port of Sacramento

USDA Secretary Vilsack had a busy Monday in California, making six stops to hold a business leader’s roundtable, promote the American Jobs Act, encourage Americans to “Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables,” meet with California agricultural commodity leaders and to drop in at the USDA state office in Davis for a visit with employees. He kicked off his day in California’s Central Valley by conducting a White House Business Council breakfast meeting with state and local business leaders. There, the Secretary heard directly from business leaders about their ideas to grow the economy. Read more »

Connecting with Students, Shaping the Future of Agriculture

Fresno State University students Caitlin Guest (far left), Aki Dionisopoulos (center), and Amanda Jo Bettencourt (right) receive plaques from AMS.   These students were the 2011 recipients of the AMS Assistantship.  All three currently work with AMS.

Fresno State University students Caitlin Guest (far left), Aki Dionisopoulos (center), and Amanda Jo Bettencourt (right) receive plaques from AMS. These students were the 2011 recipients of the AMS Assistantship. All three currently work with AMS.

Fall is just around the corner and students across the country are back in school. At the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), we are looking forward to our own school year activities. Read more »

Bringing Fresh Food to Hartford, Connecticut

MRP Under Secretary Edward Avalos with Bob Pellegrino, Director of Marketing, Connecticut Department of Agriculture at the Billings Forge Farmers Market, Hartford, CT.”

MRP Under Secretary Edward Avalos with Bob Pellegrino, Director of Marketing, Connecticut Department of Agriculture at the Billings Forge Farmers Market, Hartford, CT.

During my recent visit to Hartford, I toured the historic Billings Forge Farmers Market, which featured an assortment of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, baking foods, cheeses, meats and numerous other healthy foods.  Located in a food desert, the market positively compliments the “Bodegas” by providing WIC eligible food products. Read more »