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Land Conservation Program Celebrates 25 Years of Creating and Protecting Wildlife Habitat Protection

Secretary Vilsack announced there will be a CRP sign-up beginning March 14, with a goal of enrolling 4 million acres.

Secretary Vilsack announced there will be a CRP sign-up beginning March 14, with a goal of enrolling 4 million acres.

It’s not every day that a civil servant gets to feel like a rock star.

But at the 2011 National Pheasant Fest in Omaha, Nebraska this past weekend, employees of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) were a bit like celebrities to thousands of hunters and land managers who love pheasants. Pheasant Fest is a trade show that focuses on wildlife conservation, upland game bird hunting and wildlife habitat management and restoration. Read more »

USDA Official Delivers Keynote Address at 2011 American Sheep Industry Conference

Recently I had the honor to participate in the 2011 American Sheep Industry Conference.

It made me feel proud to participate as a representative of USDA, as a public servant; talking, listening and learning from sheep and goat producers as well as other stakeholders in the food, livestock and agricultural sectors. Read more »

Recovery Act Funds Help a South Dakota Region Improve Water Service

Kingbrook Rural Water System, Inc. in Arlington, South Dakota, (KBRW) is spread over a service area of nearly 3,000 square miles, larger than some states.  The distances involved create opportunity for failures of equipment or facilities due to natural or man-made causes. Any calamity can cause ripple effects on the Kingbrook system that would adversely affect water service for hours, days, or weeks.

KBRW operates an eleven-county water system which includes three water treatment plants, distribution pipeline, and pumping stations to distribute water to over 4,000 customers.  The operation requires significant capital investment as individual system components require replacement. Read more »

Massive Winter Storm Blankets the Midwest, Moves East: Ensure Food Safety When the Power Goes Out

Snow, sleet, ice, and wind can wreak havoc on our every day lives. Winter!  It’s a fact of modern life: sometimes the power goes out.

If your power goes out, knowing how to keep food safe can help minimize the loss of food and reduce the risk of foodborne illness. Read more »

U.S. Agribusiness Leaders Explore Market Opportunities in Peru and Ecuador

FFAS Acting Under Secretary Scuse addresses U.S., Peruvian, and Ecuadorian companies at the opening plenary session of the U.S.-Peru-Ecuador Agribusiness Trade and Investment Mission to Lima, Peru. Pictured from the left are: Chargé d’Affaires Bruce Williamson, Peruvian Minister of Agriculture Rafael Quevedo, and Acting Under Secretary Michael Scuse. Photo Credit: Victor Malpica

FFAS Acting Under Secretary Scuse addresses U.S., Peruvian, and Ecuadorian companies at the opening plenary session of the U.S.-Peru-Ecuador Agribusiness Trade and Investment Mission to Lima, Peru. Pictured from the left are: Chargé d’Affaires Bruce Williamson, Peruvian Minister of Agriculture Rafael Quevedo, and Acting Under Secretary Michael Scuse. Photo Credit: Victor Malpica

On Monday, January 31, I had the honor of launching the U.S. Agribusiness Trade and Investment Mission to Peru and Ecuador in a room full of U.S., Peruvian, and Ecuadorian business leaders, government officials, and news reporters. Read more »

Expanding Access to Healthy Food for All Communities

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is helping expand access to healthy food in low-income communities.

USDA has launched a resource to assist in expanding access to healthy food and eliminating food deserts: www.usda.gov/fooddeserts. As outlined by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative, three Federal Departments – Agriculture, Treasury, and Health and Human Services – are working together for the first time to combat food desert issues.  The webpage provides information on available grant programs that support the development of sustainable strategies aiming to increase access to healthy, affordable foods. Read more »