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Forest Legacy program reaches 2-million acre milestone in protecting threatened private forests

The USDA Forest Service recently reached a milestone of protecting more than 2 million acres of private forests threatened by development.  The Forest Service’s Northeastern Area helped the agency reach the milestone when the state of Ohio purchased a 15,000-acre property as the new Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest approximately 90 miles south of Columbus. Read more »

Nuevo Programa de Compra, Ayuda a Familia a Lograr sus Sueños de ser Propietario de Vivienda

La familia Yorgey ya estaba cansada de mudarse de una vivienda para otra y de gastar su dinero en los pagos de la renta. Ellos tenian el sueño de tener un hogar permanente de su propiedad para vivir con su familia, la cual se ha expandido. Pero esa idea estaba muy lejos de convertirse en realidad. Gracias a un nuevo programa de la agencia de Desarollo Rural del USDA y de un programa en sociedad con el Southeast Wisconsin Housing Corporation (SEWHC), su sueño se ha convertido en realidad. Read more »

New Purchase Program Helps Local Family Achieve Dream of Homeownership

The Yorgey family was tired of moving from place to place and watching their money constantly going towards rent payments. They wanted to be able to have a permanent place of their own for their growing family to live. But, the idea of that actually coming true seemed like a distant dream. Thanks to a new USDA Rural Development and Southeast Wisconsin Housing Corporation (SEWHC) partnership program, their dream has now become a reality. Read more »

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service Inspector Relays Food Safety Messages Across Borders from Montana to Georgia

Several months ago, I was selected to participate in a meat processing project that took me from Great Falls, Montana to Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.   I went under the auspices of the Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs (CNFA) – an organization supported by USAID – to offer advice on the methods and benefits of meat processing technology, as well as basic food safety skills.   Early on in my visit, I came to understand the rich history and culture of this nation, which leant a heavy influence over their methods and approaches toward meat processing – the ax and chopping-block method of cutting meat stuck out as a preferred taste for Georgians.  This is not a criticism, rather a tip-of-the-hat to their cultural awareness. Read more »

Invernaderos Aumentan el Ingreso Agrícola

Esta publicación es parte de la serie Martes de la Ciencia que es parte de los blogs del USDA. Visitanos cada semana ya que compartiremos  historias y noticias que son parte del rico  portafolio de ciencia e investigación dle USDA Read more »

Despite Threats and Intimidation, USDA and MAIL Deliver Services to Afghan Farmers

Gary Soiseth is a USDA agricultural expert in Afghanistan’s Wardak province. One of Gary’s main goals is to help the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) reach its people with agricultural services and support. Read more »