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Ohio Economic Development Conference Promotes Business Opportunity and Job Creation

(Left to right) Ohio Rural Development State Director Tony Logan, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Deb Martin, Great Lakes RCAP Director and Judith Canales, USDA Rural Development Administrator for Business and Cooperative Programs at the Ohio RCAP conference.

(Left to right) Ohio Rural Development State Director Tony Logan, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Deb Martin, Great Lakes RCAP Director and Judith Canales, USDA Rural Development Administrator for Business and Cooperative Programs at the Ohio RCAP conference.

The Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) held an intensive two-day economic development conference in Ohio on Aug. 24-25 targeting educational outreach to the state’s small, rural community leaders. With more than 300 participants from Ohio and neighboring states on hand, and an impressive line-up of speakers and workshops, the conference provided both motivation and insights on strategic planning for those in attendance. Read more »

EL ADMINISTRADOR DEL FSIS DESTACA HERRAMIENTAS DISPONIBLES EN LA RED ELECTRÓNICA PARA LA INOCUIDAD DE ALIMENTOS

El Administrador del Servicio de Inocuidad e Inspección de Alimentos (FSIS, por sus siglas en inglés) del Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), Al Almanza, conversa acerca de cómo el Departamento está llegando a los consumidores que hablan español, y demostrando cómo mantener los alimentos sanos para prevenir las enfermedades transmitidas a través de los alimentos.

Hoy, estoy orgulloso de anunciar el lanzamiento de dos herramientas adicionales del FSIS para la inocuidad alimentaria, dirigidas especialmente para satisfacer las necesidades de nuestra comunidad de habla hispana: Pregúntele a Karen y la cuenta oficial de Twitter en español. Con ambos servicios, el FSIS puede proveerles a los consumidores con la más reciente y actualizada información en español acerca de las retiradas de alimentos y consejos sobre el manejo adecuado de alimentos.  Pregúntele a Karen (Ask Karen) es una representante virtual con información en inocuidad alimentaria que puede conducir “Charlas” en vivo en español, compartiendo información en la inocuidad de los alimentos. Read more »

Administrator of Food Safety and Inspection Service Highlights Spanish Online Tools Available to Spanish-Speaking Community

Al Amanza discusses how the Department is reaching Spanish-speaking consumers and showing how to be more food safe in order to prevent foodborne illnesses.

Today, I’m proud to announce the launch of two more FSIS food safety tools designed especially to meet the needs of our Spanish-speaking community: Pregúntele a Karen and Twitter in Spanish. With these resources, FSIS can provide consumers with the latest, up-to-date information on recalls and safe food handling tips in Spanish. Pregúntele a Karen (Ask Karen) is a virtual food safety representative that can lead live Chats in Spanish sharing food safety information. Read more »

Farmers Markets as Small Business Incubators

The USDA Farmers Market is located at the corner of 12th Street and Independence Avenue and will be open every Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. through November 16th.

Last Sunday, CBS News featured USDA Deputy Secretary Merrigan and discussed how farmers markets are part of a fundamental shift in the way people access their food and interact with their community.  And, as the story notes, “… [f]armers markets and other forms of selling straight to customers are helping to keep farmers in business,” which is why those of us at the Agriculture Marketing Service were excited to report that there are now 6,100-plus farmers markets, recognizing that these markets provide jobs and economic growth opportunities for their producers. Read more »

Worldwide Support Network Plays Powerful Role in Creation of Cameroon Company

West African children enjoying instant noodles during the feasibility study. (Photo by Anne Dudte Johnson)

West African children enjoying instant noodles during the feasibility study. (Photo by Anne Dudte Johnson)

The Imperial Foods noodle factory will soon open its doors in Douala, Cameroon, thanks to the truly international collaboration between public and private partners. Cameroonian entrepreneur Ahmadou Danpoulo Baba teamed up with U.S. Wheat Associates’ offices on three continents, the North American Millers’ Association, the American Soybean Association, the private voluntary organization International Relief and Development, and USDA to conceive, design, and build Imperial Foods, which will soon employ 130 workers, mostly women. Read more »

Commemoration of 5th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

SWR RA Ludwig, Archbishop Gregory Michael Aymond, Priest Larry Snyder, and Roy Zuppardo, Chair of Second Harvest Food Bank Greater New Orleans and Acadiana assembled emergency food boxes at the food bank.

Archbishop Gregory Michael Aymond, Priest Larry Snyder, Southwest Region RA Ludwig, and Roy Zuppardo, Chair of Second Harvest Food Bank Greater New Orleans and Acadiana assembled emergency food boxes at the food bank.

On Friday, August 27, 2010, I was in New Orleans to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation to the Gulf Coast.  The event was held at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana.  It was a hot and humid morning as we began the assembly of emergency food boxes alongside Archbishop Gregory Michael Aymond, food bank executive director Natalie Jayroe and other notable citizens of New Orleans, the Gulf Coast and federal officials. Read more »