By Katherine Belcher USDA Kentucky Public Information Coordinator
When the Agriculture Department issued a challenge for its employees to establish People’s Gardens at USDA facilities around the world, the staff of the Service Center in West Liberty, Ky., wasted no time in putting one together. Read more »
President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative came to Nebraska on July 12, when 200 attendees gathered in Grand Island for a listening session. They were joined by Dave White, Chief of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and senior representatives of the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and the Interior (DOI). Read more »
Last month we were proud to announce awards for the Value-Added Producer Grants program. Managed by USDA’s Rural Development, this program has had nearly a decade of success in helping producers capture more value for their agricultural products by producing, processing, or marketing their product in a way that enhances the value or expands the customer base for that product. Supporting this type of activity also creates new jobs, contributes to economic development, and enhances consumer food choice. Read more »
Written by Rayne Pegg, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service
The Secretary of Agriculture has officially declared August 1-7 2010 as National Farmers Market Week.
National Farmers Market Week is an opportunity to celebrate the thriving farmers markets in your community. It’s a time to specifically honor the market vendors who tend the farms, grow the produce, raise the meat, bake the bread and prepare the other fresh local products you find at your farmers market. It’s a time to thank the market managers who organize and run farmers markets smoothly so you can enjoy the goods vendors have to offer. It’s a time to benefit from the community pride and economic opportunities farmers markets build in towns and cities across the country. Read more »