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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 »

A 5th Anniversary for the Forest Service National Library Celebrates 100 Years of History

As far back as 1902, a national U.S. Forest Service library formed with the transfer of 3,000 books from the Department of Agriculture library. It grew steadily over the years providing a range of services to research customers. Gradually interest grew in expanding service to other Forest Service employees outside of the research branch and to consolidate into fewer locations.

However, over the decades, and because of its evolving decentralized organization structure, large parts of the Forest Service and the public ended up without access to library services. Read more »