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FSA Administrator Touts Farm Programs at Ohio Ag Event

FSA Administrator Jonathan Coppess highlights USDA’s farm programs during the Farm Science Review held this week in London, Ohio.

FSA Administrator Jonathan Coppess highlights USDA’s farm programs during the Farm Science Review held this week in London, Ohio.

Farm Service Agency Administrator Jonathan Coppess, hosted an informal round table discussion with farmers during the Farm Science Review, being held this week in London, Ohio.  Having grown up in Darke County, Ohio, Coppess felt right at home talking to farmers from the surrounding area. Read more »

Lighting the way towards physical fitness!

Graduate School Executive Leadership Team Illumination! Front to back and left to right are: Shannon, Lora, Joe, Russ, Serita, William.

Graduate School Executive Leadership Team Illumination! Front to back and left to right are: Shannon, Lora, Joe, Russ, Serita, William.

Cross posted from the Let’s Move! blog.

Editors note: Organizing a meetup is a great way to get involved and support your community.  Below, a team of Federal employees share how they set up their first meetup. Read more »

USDA Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

U.S. Department of Agriculture kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month by hosting an event at headquarters and inviting top ranking Hispanic Leaders.

U.S. Department of Agriculture kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month by hosting an event at headquarters and inviting top ranking Hispanic Leaders.

WASHINGTON, DC – On September 16th, the U.S. Department of Agriculture kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month by hosting an event at headquarters and inviting top ranking Hispanic Leaders. The theme for the 2010 National Hispanic Heritage Month is “Heritage, Diversity, Integrity, and Honor: The Renewed Hope of America”. Read more »

Foreign Officials Witness Diversity of U.S. Agriculture

The 2010 annual orientation tour group stops for a picture at ORIgen beef genetics facility in Huntley, Mont.”

The 2010 annual orientation tour group stops for a picture at ORIgen beef genetics facility in Huntley, Mont.”

Want to know how the U.S. does agriculture? Go straight to the source. That’s what I’m doing in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho this week with 24 international officials from 23 countries.

Members of our group, who serve at their countries’ embassies and consulates here in the U.S., hail from Angola, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Egypt, Delegation of the European Union (UK), France, Germany, Hungary, India, Iraq, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Spain, and Vietnam. All participants pay their own travel, lodging and tour expenses. Read more »

The Food Safety Discovery Zone Hits the Bluegrass State!

Eastern Kentucky school children react enthusiastically to the hero, Thermy™ and BAC!® the villain at the USDA Food Safety Discovery Zone.

Eastern Kentucky school children react enthusiastically to the hero, Thermy™ and BAC!® the villain at the USDA Food Safety Discovery Zone.

The kids of eastern Kentucky have been getting a mega dose of food safety awareness this month. The USDA Food Safety Discovery Zone, a 40-foot long interactive exhibit on wheels, has been traveling throughout Rowan and Fayette Counties, teaching kids from seven schools how to keep them safe from foodborne illness. Additionally, the Food Safety Discovery Zone stopped at the Midway Fall Festival in Midway, Kentucky for an extra opportunity to blend education with fun while increasing food safety awareness. Read more »

West Virginia Farms Feeding Families

Audrey Rowe, USDA Deputy Administrator of Special Nutrition Programs, visits with Alicia Cowell and son Shawn at a West Virginia farmers’ market where the family is using WIC vouchers to help purchase fruits and vegetables.

Audrey Rowe, USDA Deputy Administrator of Special Nutrition Programs, visits with Alicia Powell and son Shawn at a West Virginia farmers’ market where the family is using WIC vouchers to help purchase fruits and vegetables.

I recently took a drive out to Martinsburg, West Virginia to visit Orr’s Farm Market .  The Orr’s market, like dozens in the area, stock fresh fruits and vegetables just harvested from the nearby fields and fertile orchards.  In fact, more than 95 percent of Orr’s produce is grown just feet from where I strolled: an impressive display of berries, sweet corn, heirloom tomatoes, and a wide assortment of peach varieties of every imaginable type.  But fresh and local produce isn’t all I found at Orr’s.  You see, this market, along with many more around the country, welcomes participants in USDA food and nutrition programs–and that is very good news. Read more »