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Dr. Hallie Hasel Discusses Life as a Field Veterinarian

Hi, Dr. Hallie Hasel here.  I’ve been a field veterinary medical officer for USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for the past eight years.  I work in western Kansas, an area with very large dairies, feedlots and some swine operations.

I’m a veterinarian because I have a desire to work in both agriculture and the livestock industry, especially in rural areas.  I started out in private practice.  I spent 10 years as the sole proprietor of a mixed animal practice and loved it.  However, I had the chance to sell my practice right as this APHIS job became available and I took it.  It’s been a great decision. Read more »

Award-Winning USDA Staff Supports Our Military

Nearly two dozen of our Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) inspectors received the prestigious Colonel Rohland A. Isker Award for support of military food operations today.  I am tremendously proud of each of them, and tremendously proud of the vital role they play in ensuring that every soldier, sailor, airman, and Marine who opens a meal during battle conditions can rely on it to taste good, be nutritious, and provide the energy he or she needs. Read more »

US Forest Service HistoriCorps Program Honored by National Trust for Historic Preservation

An HistoriCorps volunteer smooths a log to be used in the restoration of the Saguache Ranger Station on the Rio Grande National Forest. The restoration effort helped the U.S. Forest Service earn a 2011 National Preservation Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

An HistoriCorps volunteer smooths a log to be used in the restoration of the Saguache Ranger Station on the Rio Grande National Forest. The restoration effort helped the U.S. Forest Service earn a 2011 National Preservation Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The U.S. Forest Service’s HistoriCorps program in Golden, Colo., is one of 23 award winners honored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation during its 2011 National Preservation Conference Oct. 20 in Buffalo, N.Y. Read more »

Wilderness Rangers Have Work Cut Out for them in Washington’s Backcountry

Volunteer Wilderness Rangers trudge up Granite Mountain. Photo by Kelly Sprute.

Volunteer Wilderness Rangers trudge up Granite Mountain. Photo by Kelly Sprute.

Hiking the backcountry in a national forest is a special experience where you will see wildlife and nature in its basic elements.  But just in case you run into problems, there are wilderness rangers on some trails to lend a hand. Read more »

Long-time Anaconda Job Corps Employee Leaves Mark on Montana Center

Rosemarie Thomas, office supervisor for the Anaconda Jobs Corps Civilian Conservation Center

Rosemarie Thomas, office supervisor for the Anaconda Jobs Corps Civilian Conservation Center

Thousands of young people have successfully passed through the Anaconda Jobs Corps Civilian Conservation Center in a mile-high valley on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.

The facility in southwest Montana is on the largest national forest in the state and boasts two wilderness areas and spectacular scenery that goes on for miles. Read more »

Americans Getting More “Real” About their Diets

ERS research shows that people who rate their diet quality more favorably are more likely to share meals with the family. (Photo credit: Shutterstock)

ERS research shows that people who rate their diet quality more favorably are more likely to share meals with the family. (Photo credit: Shutterstock)

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 the USDA’s rich science and research portfolio.

Nutrition advice is all around us—in grocery stores, magazines, public service announcements, and food labels.  We’re urged to cut back on fats, sodium, and added sugars, and eat more fiber, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables. But if we don’t think our diets need improving, we may turn a blind eye or deaf ear to dietary advice.  We may think all that advice is directed to someone else. Read more »