Every day, National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) statisticians work hard to produce timely, accurate and useful statistics to U.S agriculture. In addition to producing hundreds of reports each year on crops, livestock and economic indicators for the agriculture industry, NASS collects and reports annual data for honey bee colonies. For example, North Dakota is currently the single...
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USDA Blog » Honey: A Sweet Topic with New Data this Spring

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It’s a question with major public-health implications: Could antibiotics and other widely used medications get into our food supply when they are flushed into our sewers? To try to answer that question, researchers from USDA and Penn State University (PSU) assessed whether some commonly used pharmaceuticals could get into a wheat crop irrigated with recycled wastewater. The researchers chose...
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USDA Blog » Flushed Away…Probing For Antibiotic Presence in Our Food Supply

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When most people think of forests, science isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but, perhaps, it should. That’s because the U.S. Forest Service Research and Development program oversees projects across many science disciplines including forestry, genetics, wildlife, forest products and wildfire. For example, Forest Service R&D supports another part of the U.S. industry which is wood...
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USDA Blog » Research Can Help the Economy and Inform Policy

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Within minutes of being notified of an impending storm, the employees of the US Department of Agriculture’s National Finance Center (NFC) in New Orleans felt the devastating impact of the EF-3 tornado that descend upon the two-story building with enough force to tear away whole sections of the brick façade in eight places and leave portions of its interior exposed to the elements. On Monday,...
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USDA Blog » Tornado Devastates NFC Building, But Not NFC Workers

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Congratulations to everyone who joined us for the MyPlate New Year’s Challenge! Over the course of these last five weeks, participants incorporated each of the MyPlate food groups – dairy, fruits, vegetables, protein foods, and grains – into their days in an effort to find and maintain a healthy eating style while being physically active. Over 400 people took on the MyPlate-sponsored...
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USDA Blog » Continuing the Challenge: Achieve MyPlate Everyday

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The hope in healthy soil is taking root across America. Farmers, ranchers, researchers, conservationists, non-profit organizations, foodies and others are all working to help regenerate our working lands by improving the health of function of our nation’s soil. So inspired by what they’re learning about the hope in healthy soil, there’s a whole new generation of “soil mates” working to unlock...
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USDA Blog » Five Signs You Might Be the Perfect ‘Soil Mate’

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In a January 2017 report titled “Preserving Scientific Integrity in Federal Policymaking,” the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) – a noted organization that represents the interests of the scientific community – gave USDA’s updated Scientific Integrity Policy (or SIP, for short) the highest rating assigned in a three-tiered rating system. Additionally, based on USDA’s release of a new...
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USDA Blog » USDA Scientific Integrity Policy Scores “Top Grade” in New Report

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4-H is about leadership, citizenship, and many other things, but one quality truly stands out: 4-H is about inclusion. In Missouri, 4-H clubs take an inclusive approach to working with youth who have special needs. Examples of special needs youth in Missouri 4-H are featured in the YouTube video “4-H and Youth with Special Needs.”

USDA Blog » How 4-H Rocks for Missouri Youth of All Abilities

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It’s coming. The most popular TV event of the year — Super Bowl Sunday! Some estimates put the number of hours Americans will spend preparing food for Super Bowl parties near 10 million. From the TV setup to the delicious menu, it’s all about having fun, eating and watching the game (and the half time show of course). Start planning your viewing party with our four food safety steps: Clean,...
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USDA Blog » Win Super Bowl Viewing Party Host of the Year with our Food Safety Tips

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USDA Rural Development (RD) in Mississippi awarded the Delta Health Alliance with a $1 million Delta Health Care Services grant—the maximum award available through the program. The alliance is using the funds to help the Leland Medical Clinic renovate its entire facility and upgrade its electronic health records system. Leland Medical Clinic serves more than 2,700 patients, many of whom have...
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As the labor market continues to strengthen, so too are SNAP Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) programs across the country. In October, Under Secretary Concannon announced a new initiative aimed at creating the national expertise we need to take this program to scale. Today, we're pleased to announce the selected participants for the SNAP E&T Academy.

USDA Blog » SNAP E&T Learning Academy Builds National Leadership for the Program

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A new “Science to Solutions” report from the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative (LPCI) – a partnership led by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) – shows how prairie chickens avoid mesquite. According to the study, prairie chickens mostly avoid areas with 15 percent mesquite canopy cover, and completely avoid areas with 50 percent cover.

USDA Blog » New Study Offers Sage Advice

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For many years, Federal departments and agencies have been working to produce long term solutions to conserve and protect a safe, reliable water supply. Now, under the framework of the National Drought Resilience Partnership (NDRP), a greater emphasis has been placed on improving federal agency collaboration to ensure more efficient use of program dollars and agency expertise. As a result,...
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USDA Blog » Collaboration on Drought Resilience is Delivering Results for America’s Communities and Economy

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Today, USDA announced a final rule regarding organic livestock and poultry production practices. The rule strengthens the organic standards, and ensures that all organic animals live in pasture based systems utilizing production practices that support their well-being and natural behavior. The rule clarifies how organic producers and handlers must treat their animals, brings clarity to the...
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USDA Blog » Supporting Organic Integrity with Clear Livestock and Poultry Standards

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Streambank restoration halts erosion, improves water quality and restores a healthy equilibrium to the stream corridor.
Welcome to Week 3 of our 5-week MyPlate New Year’s Challenge! Last week we focused on the Fruits Food Group and healthy solutions for breakfast. There are still three weeks remaining in the Challenge and it isn’t too late to join – sign up today and invite others to participate with you. This week, we will focus on the Vegetables Food Group and how small changes during lunch can help add more...
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USDA Blog » Lunchtime: Small Changes – Healthy Rewards

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USDA and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partner to support conservation on ag lands to help monarch butterflies.

NRCS, USFWS Partner to Accelerate Conservation on Agricultural Lands for the Monarch Butterfly | NRCS

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$252M available for Regional Conservation Partnership Program. Pre-proposals due by 4/21. [ Go.usa.gov Link ]

USDA Announces $252 Million Available for Regional Conservation Partnership Program | NRCS

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