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NRCS around the World: Learning by Teaching

USDA agricultural advisors and temporary duty agricultural representatives in Afghanistan. From left: Jon Fripp, Bruce Dubee, Feridoon Mehdizadegan, Eileen Thacker, Ginger Murphy, and Iraj Motazedian.

USDA agricultural advisors and temporary duty agricultural representatives in Afghanistan. From left: Jon Fripp, Bruce Dubee, Feridoon Mehdizadegan, Eileen Thacker, Ginger Murphy, and Iraj Motazedian.

Earlier this year, I volunteered to go on a month-long work detail to Afghanistan. I volunteered because the Secretary of Agriculture and the Chief of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service put out a call for a job I knew I could do, but I had no idea what to expect. Read more »

Webinar – “How to Sell Fruits and Vegetables to the USDA”

As a service to farmers, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) recently presented an interactive webinar entitled “How to Sell Fruits and Vegetables to the USDA”.  The webinar was hosted by Red Book Credit Services as part of its free Red Book University educational offering.

Delivered by Ron Ulibarri of the Commodity Procurement Branch of AMS Fruit and Vegetable Programs, participants in the “How to Sell Fruits and Vegetables to the USDA” webinar learned about: Read more »

Every Day is a Holiday at the New Mexico State Fair

It was nice to once again experience the sounds, smells, and activity at the New Mexico State Fair – where “every day is a holiday.”  Accompanied by some of my USDA staff, rode on the 4-H float in the NM State Fair Parade.   Along the three mile parade route down Central Ave, we greeted spectators and heard compliments on 4-H.  As we passed in front of the grand stand and heard the commentator’s description of each entry in English and Spanish, I was reminded of the uniqueness of the multi-cultural emphasis in the “Land of Enchantment.” Read more »

Milk Price Volatility Solutions Discussed During Third DIAC Meeting

Dairy policy experts presented programs to assist the Dairy Industry Advisory Committee find solutions to price and income volatility in the industry. Pictured from l to r: Andrew Novakovic, DIAC chairman; Chuck Nicholson, Ph.D., California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo; Mark Stephenson, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin; Scott Brown, Ph.D., Food and Agricultural Policy research Institute; Wayne Knoblauch, Ph.D., Cornell University.

Dairy policy experts presented programs to assist the Dairy Industry Advisory Committee find solutions to price and income volatility in the industry. Pictured from l to r: Andrew Novakovic, DIAC chairman; Chuck Nicholson, Ph.D., California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo; Mark Stephenson, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin; Scott Brown, Ph.D., Food and Agricultural Policy research Institute; Wayne Knoblauch, Ph.D., Cornell University.

Unless policies are changed, the volatility and price fluctuations seen by the dairy industry within the past two years will become more severe, according to a panel of dairy policy experts who presented their research findings yesterday during the USDA Dairy Industry Advisory Committee meeting. Read more »

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 »