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Ag Rewards Exceed Paycheck for a Tennessee Farm Family

Pictured are three generations of the Mayberry farming family from Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. From left to right are Eric, Ethan and Eddy Mayberry.

Pictured are three generations of the Mayberry farming family from Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. From left to right are Eric, Ethan and Eddy Mayberry.

The Mayberry farming operation in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., consists of nearly 1,200 acres of soybean and corn row crops, along with more than 200 beef cattle and hay. Eric, Ethan and Eddy Mayberry exemplify farming through their dedication, passion and three generations of family farming tradition. The Mayberry’s are avid supporters and educators of agriculture through active participation with the Farm Service Agency County Committees, Farm Bureau Board, and 4-H. Read more »

Celebrating Five Years of Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, Farmer’s Market

Claudia Crow, a farmer from Shawnee, OK, assists a customer during the Pottowatomie County Famers Market Five-Year Anniversary.

Claudia Crow, a farmer from Shawnee, OK, assists a customer during the Pottowatomie County Famers Market Five-Year Anniversary.

In the hustle and bustle of working for the WIC program in the Southwest Region, I travel quite often, attending meetings and ensuring logistics much like many of my fellow federal and state co-workers. Recently I had the privilege to attend the Pottawatomie County Farmers Market five-year anniversary in Shawnee, OK. Having grown up in a very rural town, representing FNS was a learning experience that reminded me of home. The event was a total success, as the market was full of people including farmers, seniors, families and children. Celebrating five years of service, the event included live music, family and children’s activities, and most important of all: fresh fruit and vegetables. Read more »

Part One: “Building In” a Balanced Response to Climate Change … and Being Accountable

This post is part of the Science Tuesday feature series on the USDA blog. Check back each week as we showcase stories and news from the USDA’s rich science and research portfolio.

On July 20, the Forest Service announced a new system for integrating consideration of climate change into agency operations. This system is based on our Strategic Framework for Responding to Climate Change, adopted by leadership in 2008, and tiers to the new USDA strategic plan that emphasizes forest resilience to climate change. Read more »

Foreign Agricultural Service Opens New Office in Shenyang, China

American and Chinese officials celebrate the opening of the U.S. Agricultural Trade Office in Shenyang, China, September 17.

American and Chinese officials celebrate the opening of the U.S. Agricultural Trade Office in Shenyang, China, September 17.

I was delighted to be in China last week to officially open USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service’s new Agricultural Trade Office (ATO) in Shenyang. This new office will serve as a bridge between American and Chinese businesses, opening opportunities for trade and collaboration between our two nations. Read more »

Town of Newburg, West Virginia-A Celebration of the Construction Groundbreaking for an Improved Water System

Pipes that will be installed within the next few months.

Pipes that will be installed within the next few months

The Town of Newburg was awarded a total of $2,875,000 for the Fellowsville, York Run, and State Route 26 Water Extension Project.  USDA Rural Development Community Facilities is providing a $400,000 loan, $941,000 grant, and a $185,000 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) grant to the project.  Also, a Small Cities Block grant for $1,000,000 and a West Virginia Infrastructure Council grant for $349,000 are assisting in the total project cost. Read more »

Fresh From the Farm: Massachusetts Tomatoes Take Center Stage

FNS Regional Administrator James Arena-DeRosa judges tomatoes at Tomato Festival in Boston

FNS Regional Administrator James Arena-DeRosa judges tomatoes at Tomato Festival in Boston

Recently tomato farmers from across the Bay State converged on Boston City Hall Plaza seeking top tomato bragging rights at the 26th Annual Tomato Festival.  I joined a panel of food writers, chefs, cookbook authors, grocers, and state officials as we readied our score sheets. Read more »