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Farmers Markets as an Engine of Revitalization

The Historic Downtown Farmers Market in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

The Historic Downtown Farmers Market in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

“It is our belief that by supporting our local farmers today, we can ensure that there will be farms in our community tomorrow.” - Kent Myers, former City of Hot Springs Manager

Recently Hot Springs, Arkansas dedicated its new Farmers Market Pavilion at the Historic Downtown Farmers Market in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  This dedication is the culmination of years of effort that began with a Farmers Market Promotion Program grant in 2006 from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. Read more »

A Hall of Fame Worthy of Its Name

J.P. Dubey examines T. gondii parasites in swine tissue.

J.P. Dubey examines T. gondii parasites in swine tissue.

Mention the words “hall of fame” to most people, and they’re likely to imagine a stellar baseball player or someone who’s written a string of hit songs.  But at USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, we have a Hall of Fame that isn’t about batting averages or popular tunes; it’s about changing the world. Read more »

Broadband Critical for the Future of Rural Illinois

Noah Campbell, vice president of community relations for Utopian Wireless; Fred Witzig, co-coordinator of Monmouth College’s Midwest Matters initiative; and Colleen Callahan, Illinois state director of USDA Rural Development discuss the benefits of broadband access for rural communities at a public forum in Monmouth, Ill.

Noah Campbell, vice president of community relations for Utopian Wireless; Fred Witzig, co-coordinator of Monmouth College’s Midwest Matters initiative; and Colleen Callahan, Illinois state director of USDA Rural Development discuss the benefits of broadband access for rural communities at a public forum in Monmouth, Ill.

Monmouth, Ill., residents Vicki and Ted Briscoe want to know when their access to the Internet will no longer be hampered by a slow dial up connection. The answer—12 to 18 months—came from Noah Campbell, vice president of community relations for Utopian Wireless Corp, at a talk show-style forum held at the Briscoes’ alma mater Monmouth College Wednesday, Sept. 22. Read more »

Award-Winning People’s Garden Donates 889 Pounds of Produce to Seniors

Cross posted from the FSA blog.

The senior citizen’s centers in seven Kentucky counties are benefitting from fresh produce grown as part of the West Liberty Service Center People’s Garden. Read more »

Préstamo para Jóvenes de la FSA Aumenta Potencial para la Presentación de Ganado a Niño de 11 Años

Tanner Johnson con sus cerdos

Tanner Johnson con sus cerdos

La vida de un niño típico no es nada comparada con la rutina diaria de Tanner Johnson, un chico de 11 años de edad y beneficiario de un Préstamo para Jóvenes de la Agencia de Servicio Agrícola (FSA, por sus siglas en inglés). Read more »

USDA Agencies Provide Fresh Local Food to Bangor Area Shelter

From left to right: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist Juan Hernandez; Manna Ministries Executive Director Bill Rae; USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel; USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Don Todd

From left to right: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist Juan Hernandez; Manna Ministries Executive Director Bill Rae; USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel; USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Don Todd

USDA Rural Development, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency employees delivered a bounty of fresh vegetables to Manna Ministries in Bangor on September 10. It marked the eleventh delivery of garden vegetables this summer. The heaps of fresh tomatoes, summer squash, cucumbers and other offerings were from the recent harvest of The People’s Garden, a collaborative effort of the three USDA agencies. In addition, donations from staff members’ own gardens were also accepted. Read more »