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USDA’s Rural Utilities Service-Helping Meet the Demand for Renewable Energy

As part of the Obama Administration’s goal of doubling renewable energy production by 2012, America’s rural electric cooperatives are stepping forward to develop new, sustainable ways to produce electricity.  These efforts are not only good for the environment; they help meet an expanding need for power due to growing rural consumer demand.  The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), part of USDA’s Rural Development mission area, is a willing and ready partner in this effort. Read more »

USDA Biofuels Meeting in Virginia Helps Provide Solutions

Biofuel stakeholders and agricultural leaders participated in Virginia’s Biofuels Forum on November 4th. The forum was held at the Virginia Farm Bureau Building located in Goochland. Read more »

Las Votaciones para las Elecciones del Comité de Condado de la FSA Comienzan el 5 de Noviembre

Las votaciones para  las elecciones de los Comité de Condado de la Farm Service Agency del 2010 comienzan mañana. Queremos que los productores participen en el proceso devolviendo sus boletas de votación antes de la fecha limite de diciembre. Read more »

Capitol Christmas Tree to be harvested this weekend

This image of the 2009 Capitol Christmas Tree shows the final destination for this year's Tree, being harvested this weekend in Wyoming from the Bridger-Teton NF." (US Forest Service photo by Keith Riggs)

This image of the 2009 Capitol Christmas Tree shows the final destination for this year's Tree, being harvested this weekend in Wyoming from the Bridger-Teton NF." (US Forest Service photo by Keith Riggs)

The 2010 Capitol Christmas Tree will be harvested and prepared for its cross-country journey this weekend. This year’s tree is coming from the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming, the first time the tree has come from Wyoming. The tree, a 67-foot Engelmann Spruce, will be harvested at 8 a.m. local time in Wyoming. Read more »

Voting Opens Nov. 5 for FSA County Committee Elections

Voting opens tomorrow for the 2010 Farm Service Agency County Committee elections and producers are being encouraged to get involved by turning in their ballots before the December deadline. Read more »

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service acknowledges the hard work from inspectors in the field in Farmerville, Louisiana

Samuel Wall and Russ Mann are Consumer Safety Inspectors (CSI) assigned to the night shift at a poultry plant in Farmerville, LA.  They, and thousands of FSIS inspectors in plants across the country, play a vital role in making sure that the food reaching your dinner table is safe.  In Sam and Russ’ case, the two could be content just doing their work and going home.  But the two see their job as so much more. In addition to the normal jobs they perform, they also have made their mission to train newly hired CSIs assigned to the shift.  Read more »