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Boosting Advanced Biofuel Production and Creating Jobs

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces Renewable Energy Initiatives to Spur Rural Revitalization throughout the country.  Secretary Vilsack spoke of the Obama Administration’s effort to promoter production of fuel from renewable sources, create jobs and mitigate the effects of climate change.   The Secretary made these remarks at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on Thursday, October 21, 2010.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces Renewable Energy Initiatives to Spur Rural Revitalization throughout the country. Secretary Vilsack spoke of the Obama Administration’s effort to promoter production of fuel from renewable sources, create jobs and mitigate the effects of climate change. The Secretary made these remarks at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on Thursday, October 21, 2010.

Cross-posted from the White House blog.

Our country needs a strong, vibrant rural economy.  Advanced biofuel production will help create it. Not only will biofuel production from non-food sources create new jobs and new streams of farm income, it will improve environmental quality and reduce our dependence on fossil fuel imported from foreign countries. Read more »

USDA Grant Helps Vermont Dairy Turn Manure into Power

This biodigester, recently installed at a Vermont dairy farm, will generate 1.6 million kilowatts annually of clean renewable energy. USDA has programs to help finance biodigesters across the nation.

This biodigester, recently installed at a Vermont dairy farm, will generate 1.6 million kilowatts annually of clean renewable energy. USDA has programs to help finance biodigesters across the nation.

I went to an exciting open house earlier this month at the Chaput Family Farms in North Troy, Vermont showcasing how dairy farmers can convert manure into operating capital. The event featured the newly installed (August 2010) anaerobic digester, manufactured by a California firm.  Approximately 150 people from the dairy industry, power companies, and the businesses that manufactured and installed the digester system joined Judith Canales the Administrator of Business and Cooperative Programs for USDA Rural Development and other government officials on a blustery, wet day to learn how the digester works and how it can invigorate cash flow for dairy operations. Read more »

USDA Forest Service Conservation Education Staff Participates in First Annual Green Schools Conference

The USDA Forest Service Conservation Education staff is participating in the first annual National Green Schools Conference in Minneapolis, Minn., Oct. 24-26.  The conference is being sponsored by the Green Schools National Network. Conservation Education and partner, American Forest Foundation’s Project Learning Tree, will be highlighting our national GreenSchools! program through offering a workshop during the conference. Read more »

Biofuels Forum Held in Presque Isle, Maine, Seeks Input from Local Producers and Stakeholders

USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel and USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Don Todd at a Biofuels Forum held in Presque Isle, Maine

USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel and USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Don Todd at a Biofuels Forum held in Presque Isle, Maine

USDA Rural Development and the Farm Service Agency held a Forum on Expanding the U.S. Biofuels Market on October 15 at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. I participated in this important Forum, which sought input from local biofuels producers and stakeholders on the USDA’s interim plan on how to develop a successful biofuels market. The plan outlines the development of a successful biofuels market capable of achieving the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standards mandate of producing and using 36 billion gallons or renewable transportation fuel per year by 2022. Read more »

The Word on Healthy Birds: A Backyard Poultry Webinar

People all over the country are raising backyard poultry these days.  Some raise birds to have a steady supply of fresh eggs, some as part of their commitment to eating locally, some to sell eggs to their friends and neighbors at the local farmers market. Read more »

Partnerships Critical to Ending Hunger – A Look Back at Hunger Action Month

FOX-Chicago News reporter Patrick Elwood reported live on the efforts of Greater Chicago Food Depository, Jewel food stores, and dozens of volunteers to raise food and money for Hunger Action Month.

FOX-Chicago News reporter Patrick Elwood reported live on the efforts of Greater Chicago Food Depository, Jewel food stores, and dozens of volunteers to raise food and money for Hunger Action Month.

At USDA Food and Nutrition Service, partnerships are critical to our success in reducing hunger in America. From school lunch to food banks, FNS programs operate more effectively with strong partnerships. Read more »