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Faces of the Forest Celebrates Daniel McCarthy

As a disabled Vietnam Veteran, Daniel stated, “my greatest honor was having the opportunity to participate with Missing-in-Action work by returning to Vietnam and Laos assisting in recovery efforts of fellow soldiers.”

For over 15 years, Daniel has worked as a Tribal Relations Program Manager on the San Bernardino National Forest in California.  He thinks of himself as an ambassador for the forest representing the federal government working with tribes. Read more »

NRCS Working with Innovative Organic Producers

m Howard, Half Moon Bay District Conservationist, visits with Ryan Casey from Blue House Farms.

Jim Howard, Half Moon Bay District Conservationist, visits with Ryan Casey from Blue House Farms.

“When we started, there weren’t any other farms locally doing what we were doing,” says Ryan Casey, of Blue House Farms, outside of Pescadero, Calif. Read more »

Stakeholders Provide Suggestions on How USDA Can Better Serve Rural America

On Wednesday, USDA Rural Development (RD) Indiana convened a stakeholder outreach meeting to discuss Rural Development priorities for President Obama’s 2013 budget and 2012 Farm Bill.  The meeting was held to provide our agency with valuable input as it develops mission area priorities for the upcoming fiscal year.

Over 50 attendees discussed and shared ideology on how Rural Development can enhance program administration and delivery to ensure that rural communities are able to access the critical programs and resources that Rural Development has to offer. Read more »

Transfer of Funds Will Help Meet Urgent Credit Needs of Producers

Harvesting hay from a field that is being farmed along the contour of the land.  FSA loan programs provide America's farm families with the support they need to feed America and the world. This is a USDA photo from NRCS.

Harvesting hay from a field that is being farmed along the contour of the land. FSA loan programs provide America's farm families with the support they need to feed America and the world. This is a USDA photo from NRCS.

More help is on the way for producers.

In an announcement earlier this week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said a high demand for farm ownership and direct farm operating funds has prompted USDA to transfer appropriated funds between programs to meet the urgent credit needs of producers. Read more »

Rural Champion Works to Improve Views of Sustainable Agriculture

Linda Barnes, Farmer and Educator, Marshalltown Community College, Iowa

Linda Barnes, Farmer and Educator, Marshalltown Community College, Iowa

Cross posted from the White House Rural Champions of Change website:

Linda Barnes is a professor of biology at the Marshalltown Community College and also an organic farmer. Read more »

APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer Protects not Just Chickens, but People Too

Hello, my name is Dr. Chrislyn Wood Nicholson and I’m a Poultry Specialist with USDA’s Animal Plant Healthy Inspection Service (APHIS) Veterinary Services (VS). I’ve worked for APHIS since 2004 as a veterinarian, but my relationship with this agency began even earlier. As a student, I was a recipient of APHIS’ Saul T. Wilson Jr. scholarship for students interested in veterinary medicine, which helped me get through school.

Why did I become a vet?  I have always loved animals and science when I was growing up and a veterinary career seemed like a good way to combine my interests. I now get to help both animals and people every day. Read more »