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Capitol Christmas Tree Arrives at Capitol After 4,500-Mile Journey

Upon arrival at the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 28, the 63-foot white fir from Stanislaus National Forest was lifted and positioned on the west front lawn. It takes approximately one week for the tree to be decorated with thousands of ornaments and lights, and the tree will be lit on Dec. 6.

Upon arrival at the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 28, the 63-foot white fir from Stanislaus National Forest was lifted and positioned on the west front lawn. It takes approximately one week for the tree to be decorated with thousands of ornaments and lights, and the tree will be lit on Dec. 6.

A 63-foot Sierra white fir from Stanislaus National Forest arrived Monday morning and is now gracing the west front lawn of the Capitol. Read more »

Second USDA Executive Master Gardener Class Blooms

Class of 2010 graduates sing a sweet tune welcoming our “new-bees” as Executive Master Gardeners

Class of 2010 graduates sing a sweet tune welcoming our “new-bees” as Executive Master Gardeners

A budding new crop of People’s Garden volunteers recently blossomed. Nearly 60 USDA employees received certificates at a ceremony, marking their completion of the department’s 2011 Executive Master Gardener (EMG) training program. Class of 2011 graduates were welcomed as “new-bees” during a sweet serenade sung by EMG alumni at the beginning of the certificate ceremony. Read more »

High Tunnel Extends Season for Mississippi Small Farmer

McGee shows members of the Women in Agriculture organization her seasonal tunnel house crops as well as other vegetables and herbs.  The women were so impressed they said they wanted to grow everything she had.

McGee shows members of the Women in Agriculture organization her seasonal tunnel house crops as well as other vegetables and herbs. The women were so impressed they said they wanted to grow everything she had.

Mary McGee’s late father could neither read nor write. But he knew how to farm.

He could farm so well, his daughter says, he had a PhD in making things grow. He taught her how to transform idle soil into lush farmland and to take care of animals. Read more »

Stainless Steel’s Appeal Stretches from the Kitchen to the Dairy Farm

Using stainless steel water troughs and adding chlorine to the water can help prevent dairy cows from getting Johne’s disease, according to ARS research.

Using stainless steel water troughs and adding chlorine to the water can help prevent dairy cows from getting Johne’s disease, according to ARS research.

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 USDA’s rich science and research portfolio.

Stainless steel’s all the rage in gourmet kitchen design, but its appeal could soon extend well beyond the kitchen to the nation’s dairy farms, thanks to intriguing discoveries by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists at the agency’s Animal Waste Management Research Unit in Bowling Green, Ky. Read more »

DC Students Acting Out(side) in Search of Urban Forests

Students from the Paul Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., take to the streets pretending to use binoculars in search of their urban forest with a member of the Missoula (Montana) Chlidren's Theatre. The Missoula Children's Theatre works with the U.S. Forest Service to develop interactive, engaging performing arts school assemblies and workshops.

Students from the Paul Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., take to the streets pretending to use binoculars in search of their urban forest with a member of the Missoula (Montana) Chlidren's Theatre. The Missoula Children's Theatre works with the U.S. Forest Service to develop interactive, engaging performing arts school assemblies and workshops.

Students from Paul Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., found out the fastest way to find a forest within their urban community: walk outside. Read more »

Earth Team Volunteer Brings Home the FFA National Proficiency Award in Vegetable Production

Mallory McDevitt of Wapakoneta, Ohio in her one-acre organic garden.

Mallory McDevitt of Wapakoneta, Ohio in her one-acre organic garden.

Mallory McDevitt of Wapakoneta, Ohio, is a real go-getter. This 18-year-old high school senior has been an Earth Team Volunteer with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) since she was 14. She also serves as the Wapakoneta FFA Chapter Vice President. Read more »