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USDA Rural Development in Puerto Rico Kicks-off A Campaign to Raise Funds for Charities

Earlier this month, José Otero-García, USDA Rural Development State Director for Puerto Rico held a kick-off campaign activity in the Puerto Rico State Office. The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the only authorized solicitation of Federal employees in their workplaces on behalf of approved charitable organizations. Read more »

USDA Works with the Farm Foundation to Help Producers Develop Renewable Energy and Biomass

Earlier this month, I joined colleagues from several USDA agencies in Knoxville, Tennessee to discuss biomass production and renewable energy opportunities with producers.  The event was sponsored by the Farm Foundation. Read more »

Thanksgiving Dinner: A Gift that Keeps Giving

We hope you enjoyed our countdown to the Thanksgiving holiday, and turkey roasting tips! Now that the holiday is behind us, it’s time to think about what to do with the copious amounts of leftovers taking up room in our refrigerators. Read more »

Un Pedazo de Vermont para el Día de Gracias

Un Pedazo de Vermont para el Invierno Pastel de Calabaza de Champlain Orchards en su caja

Un Pedazo de Vermont para el Invierno Pastel de Calabaza de Champlain Orchards en su caja

La lista de ingredientes fue suficiente para hacer mi boca agua: “Champlain Orchards,” syrup de cidra de manzana, mantequilla local, crema batida y la estrella del evento – puree de calabaza de Vermont. Chaplain Orchards localizada en el precioso Valle de Lake Champlain en Vermont está horneando su primer pastel de calabaza del año, a tiempo para el Día de Acción de Gracias. Read more »

A Slice of Vermont for Thanksgiving

A Slice of Vermont for Winter: Champlain Orchards boxed pumpkin pie

A Slice of Vermont for Winter: Champlain Orchards boxed pumpkin pie

This list of ingredients was enough to get my mouth watering: Champlain Orchards’ apple cider syrup, local butter and heavy cream, and the star of the show – Vermont pumpkin puree. Champlain Orchards in the beautiful Lake Champlain Valley of Vermont is making its first pumpkin pies this year, just in time for Thanksgiving. Read more »

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 »