Safety tips to keep in mind, when packing lunches...

When packing lunches the night before or the morning of the school day, keep in mind that time and temperature can work against food safety

Packing Lunches

When packing lunches the night before or the morning of the school day, keep in mind that time and temperature can work against food safety. For more informa...

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We talk with various members of the agriculture industry about why they use data from surveys conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Why Do You Use NASS data? - YouTube

We talk with various members of the agriculture industry about why they use data from surveys conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agri...

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"Hatch Watch" starts March 27
DC Bald Eagle Nest cam- [ Ow.ly Link ]

The History About The Pair-In 2014, a pair of mated Bald Eagles chose the most idyllic of nest sites within the United States’ National Capital, Washington, DC, nestled high in a Tulip Poplar Tree amongst The Azalea Collection at the United States National Arboretum, which is operated by the United States Department of...
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Army veteran to farmer

USDA programs assist new, beginning and veteran farmers and ranchers like Joshua Eilers of Ranger Cattle in Austin, Texas.

As a Sergeant, Eilers served as team leader in the U.S. Army’s elite First Ranger Battalion. Although raised in a rural community outside Austin, Eilers had no background in production agriculture. Fast forward post-military and you’ll now find...
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Ranger Cattle – Joshua Eilers - Austin,Texas

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To celebrate National Agriculture Week, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is kicking off its weekly #Fridaysonthefarm feature stories.

Each Friday, meet farmers, producers and landowners through the interactive #Fridaysonthefarm stories. Visit local farms, ranches, forests and resource areas where NRCS and partners help people help the land.

This Friday, visit Hood River,...
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Fun Facts Friday

Nearly 60 million Americans live in rural areas. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, through its Rural Development mission area, provides financial resources and support for rural communities, residents and businesses.

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Don't cross contaminate.

Here are some reminders when you're at the grocery store:

Select cold food last

Read the label -don't buy food that is past the "sell by" "use by" or other expiration dates

Check the packaging- don't buy torn or leaking products

Buy Clean eggs-choose refrigerated Grad A or AA eggs with clean, uncracked shells

Inspect fresh produce for bruises or damages

Place...
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Cool tool!

Did you know Agricultural Research Service has a tool to track key food nutrients. Discover it here- [ Tiny.cc Link ]

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Bioenergy Bonanza Supports Rural Jobs, Minimizes Wildfires

What if there was an endless fuel source that came from widely available natural waste products? And what if converting these products to energy supported tens of thousands of rural jobs?

Wood can be just that fuel. In many places, it already is.

The U.S. Forest Service is working to expand renewable wood energy markets by providing...
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The 2017 Census of Agriculture is coming!

Conducted just once every five years by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the Census of Agriculture is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them. For farmers and ranchers, participation in the 2017 Census of Agriculture is their voice, their future, and their opportunity to shape American...
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Throwback Thursday
How Did We Can-the evolution

In comparison to drying, curing, pickling, salting, cold storage, and freezing, canning is a relatively new method of food preservation. During canning, food is preserved through heat processing and storage in sealed airtight containers. This process was developed by Nicolas Appert of France during the Napoleonic Wars. In 1795, Napoleon’s...
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The heart of a firefighter

In this clip, you will see the men and women involved in Fire and Aviation Management well represent the pride exemplified by all Forest Service and other employees in "caring for the land and serving people."

The video portrays the brave wildland firefighters of all federal, state and local agencies serving to protect millions of acres of our forests, our...
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The Heart of a Firefighter

The men and women involved in Fire and Aviation Management well represent the pride exemplified by all Forest Service and other employees in "caring for the ...

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Attention Farmers and Ranchers

Make Sure You're Counted in the 2017 Census of Agriculture

In just a few months, America’s farmers and ranchers will have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. This National Ag Day, we are sharing the three things you can do now to help us in this tremendous...
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Job Corps Fire Program recognized as program of the year

The Corps Network which represents 130 of America’s service and conservation corps, recognized the U.S. Forest Service Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center fire program with a “Program of the Year” award, honoring outstanding innovation amongst youth corps.

All 26 JCCCCs have a wildland fire and/or camp crew and a Forest Assistant...
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Learn how to cook healthy, delicious food on a budget! Chef Amy Riolo makes Breakfast Parfait and Batido Smoothie, two yummy recipes.

What's Cooking: Batido & Parfait

Learn how to cook healthy, delicious food on a budget! Chef Amy Riolo makes Breakfast Parfait and Batido Smoothie, two yummy recipes from the What’s Cooking?...

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Attention all Farmers & Ranchers

National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is conducting the 2016 Certified Organic Survey to gather new data on certified organic crops and livestock commodities in the United States.

This effort will help determine the economic impact of certified organic agriculture production in our country. Farmers and ranchers, there is still time to respond!...
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National Ag Day: Giving Thanks for Agriculture, From Farm to Fork

Today is National Ag Day, a day to recognize the role of American agriculture in our daily lives and the efforts of those who shape the American food system. The average American farmer feeds approximately 144 people worldwide, and with agriculture being our number one export, agriculture is critically important to sustaining...
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It's almost Camping Season!

Remember to:
Enjoy the outdoors
Stay safe
Brave the elements
Respect wildlife

Make sure to go over USDA Forest Service Know Before You Go Page- [ Ow.ly Link ]

Know Before You Go | US Forest Service

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What exactly is Organic?

Organic is a labeling term for food or other agricultural
products that have been produced using cultural, biological,
and mechanical practices that support the cycling of on-farm
resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve
biodiversity in accordance with the USDA organic regulations.
This means that organic operations must maintain or enhance
soil and water...
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