Written by Ed Curlett, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Are Japanese beetles eating your roses? Ever hear of the Mediterranean fruit fly? Is the Emerald Ash Borer infesting your backyard tree? All of these insects are plant pests from another part of the world, and they can harm you, your garden, our U.S. crops and even fragile ecosystems. Read more »
Alison Fritz is all smiles in her hobby as a beekeeper, among the youngest in the DC area."
Written By Jessica L. Morrison; USDA Forest Service Conservation Education Intern
As a volunteer intern for the Conservation Education department of the Forest Service, I was not expecting much more than to be cooped up in a cubical somewhere; making copies and filing things away into nonexistence. But almost as soon as I arrived at the agency’s big red building, my supervisor made that wouldn’t happen. Besides getting to weed the USDA’s roof gardens and learning how to pet bumblebees, I was given the opportunity to tag along as the film crew of PollinatorLIVE interviewed the youngest beekeeper in the D.C. area. Read more »
Written by Brittini Hawkins, NRCS Public Affairs Intern
Who knew manual labor could be so rewarding? Last week all the NRCS interns went on a student educational tour to Windy Hill Farm on the Corsica River in Centreville, Maryland. The interns worked with the owners, Matt Miller and Beth Wehrle, to plant a living shoreline to maintain the riverbank and decrease soil erosion. Read more »
FFAS Under Secretary Jim Miller delivers a keynote address at the International Food and Development Conference.
Written by Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Jim Miller
During this year’s International Food Aid and Development Conference (IFADC), food security featured prominently as both a major concern and a primary program focus for current and future USDA projects. Each year the IFADC brings together USDA, the U.S. Agency for International Development, private sector companies and voluntary organizations who collaborate throughout the year to provide America’s food aid and assistance to the world’s neediest people. This week I joined USDA and USAID leaders in Kansas City to address this important subject. Read more »
Written by Sarah Alligood, Health Technician, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
A little over one week remains in the Apps for Healthy Kids voting period, and so far, over 11,500 votes have been tallied. In addition, support for the initiative continues to amplify, with the number of supporters reaching nearly 30,000! Of the 95 games and tools in the application gallery, favorites are beginning to emerge, but there is still time to vote for the apps that you think are most deserving of the $4,500 Popular Choice Awards. Read more »
Written by Utah State Director, Dave Conine and Public Information Coordinator Donna Birk
USDA Rural Development-Utah and Bank of Utah recently recognized Azure Elite, Wescor Inc. as “Recovery Act Project of the Year.” Wescor was honored for its community leadership, vision and success, and its contribution to the mission of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Wescor can trace its roots back to 1966 when a group of fourteen Utah engineer faculty members founded it. Today Wescor is specialized in clinical laboratory equipment. Read more »