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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 »

Farm Service Agency Youth Loan Enhances 11-Year-Old’s Livestock Showing Potential

FSA Youth Loan Recipient Tanner Johnson.

FSA Youth Loan Recipient Tanner Johnson.

The life of a typical young boy is nothing compared to the daily routine of 11-year-old Farm Service Agency (FSA) Youth Loan recipient, Tanner Johnson.  Read more »

Vice President Releases a Report Highlighting USDA and Other Recovery Act Projects that are Changing America

If you want more proof that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has produced major economic improvement in America, check out the report issued Friday by Vice President Biden.  It highlights some of the most innovative Recovery Act projects undertaken across America and I’m proud to say that a number of those were supported by USDA. Read more »