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  1. Because of their success generating local involvement and investment, Cottage Grove, Oregon applied for and was awarded a competitive grant through USDA Rural Development’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant to complete a key component of their Downtown Revitalization and Refinement Plan....
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  4. The experiences of our veterans show how military service intersects with the mission of the Agricultural Marketing Service in unexpected ways. As we prepare for the holiday, AMS would like to thank all of our veterans for their service and their sacrifice and also highlight a few members of our staff willing to share their stories...
  5. The U.S. Forest Service is waiving fees at most day-use recreation sites over Veterans Day weekend. Find a forest on the National Forest Locator Map!
  6. To aid those in Hurricane Sandy’s crosshairs, USDA swiftly coordinated with FEMA, States, and partner organizations to provide disaster nutrition assistance in 13 states. By issuing automatic, mass replacement of SNAP benefits to certain h...
    ouseholds hit by the storm – for instance – SNAP individuals and families currently participating in SNAP will be able to replace their food purchased with SNAP benefits that spoiled due to flooding and power outages.
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  7. We’ve all heard catchy military slogans like Be All You Can Be, Get an Edge on Life and Aim High. Three of the Forest Service’s finest can identify with each of these mantras. As former airmen and soldier, they proudly served in the U.S. Air Force and Army.
  8. Last month, hundreds of people from around the world gathered in Des Moines, Iowa, to honor this year’s World Food Prize Laureate, Dr. Daniel Hillel, for his pioneering scientific work in micro-irrigation. His drip technology revolutionized the way farmers watered crops and increased food production in the arid regions of the Middle East and other parts of the world for the past five decades.
  9. For National Public Lands Day, students and staff of the Oconaluftee Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center contributed over 250 hours of service on the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests as a part of this year’s efforts.
  10. Este mes, el Servicio de Comercialización Agrícola (AMS) está llevando a cabo un seminario sobre los servicios y programas de la agencia en español. El seminario titulado, Una introducción a las Noticias de Mercado de Frutas y Hortalizas del USDA, será el jueves 15 de Noviembre desde las 14:00 a las 15:00 hora del este.
  11. This month, the Agricultural Marketing Service is holding a webinar about agency services and programs in Spanish. The webinar, entitled, An Introduction to USDA’s Fruit and Vegetable Market News, will be Thursday, Nov. 15, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time. Details and registration in the blog below!
  12. As elementary school students, most kids are thinking about doing well in class, finishing their homework, participating in after school activities, playing video games and receiving presents. However, fourth grader Evan Gassiot asked people to turn his would-be gifts into donations toward the Waldo Canyon Fire restoration effort.
  13. The destruction and devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy is on a much wider scale than what Tyler, Minnesota experienced when a tornado leveled homes and businesses on July 1, 2011. But both disasters highlight the importance of emergency preparedness, whether you live in a high-rise in midtown Manhattan, or on a farm in Tyler.
  14. "Today, USDA is focused on working with our federal partners to support an effective, efficient and well-coordinated response to disaster. Meanwhile, our thoughts and prayers are with Americans who have been impacted by Sandy, along with those who have been affected by other disasters over the course of the year." - Secretary Vilsack
  15. This year’s Capitol Christmas Tree is coming from the White River National Forest in the Rocky Mountain Region! The 73-foot Engleman Spruce willembark on a 5,000 mile, three-week journey across the nation before arriving in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 26.
  16. The U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement (Panama TPA) entered into force Oct. 31, expanding market access for U.S. agricultural exporters in one of the fastest growing economies in Latin America. The Panama TPA is the last in a trio of trade agreements (South Korea and Colombia are the others) that altogether are expected to boost U.S. agricultural exports by $2.2 billion when fully implemented.
  17. With community support and an extra boost from the Food Co-op Initiative and USDA’s Rural Cooperative Development Grant program, obstacles were overcome and the Harvest Moon Local Foods Cooperative opened its doors in Long Lake in June of 2010.
  18. One of the best destinations to visit in New England is the White Mountain National Forest, with its campgrounds, hiking trails, scenic drives, beautiful landscapes and world renowned fall foliage.
  19. During this year’s Feds Feed Families food drive, the Schuylkill County USDA Service Center in Pennsylvania beat its last year’s total of 11,084 pounds of donated food with a new total of 19,092 pounds.
  20. Farmers across the nation are searching for ways to increase farm income. In Alabama, small and limited-resource dairy goat farmers are boosting the bottom line by adopting “value-added” production techniques to their products.
  21. In an historic Cedar Rapids, Iowa, neighborhood devastated by floods in 2008, Secretary Tom Vilsack joined local leaders Saturday, October 27 for the dedication of a year-round local foods market.
  22. The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Call us for help with questions about Halloween party food or about the state of your refrigerator/freezer due to Sandy. 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854)
  23. Hurricane Sandy could bring wind, flooding, heavy rain and possibly snow to the East Coast, and the Food Safety and Inspection Service urges people to take steps now to ensure they have access to safe food.
  24. These residents in Tununak haul their own water to their homes and use buckets to dispose of waste in below grade sewage lagoons. With USDA support, that will soon change for the better.
  25. Like much of the nation, the high country of north-central Oregon has been hit hard by drought this year. The summer has been drier than normal, with wheat that once grew high in this arid, mountainous region now starved by lack of moisture...
  26. Most American’s don’t realize that Forest products are a part of daily life. From buildings, bridges, and paper, to energy, chemicals and even jobs, our society depends on trees to provide for us. In recognition of the importance of forest products to our nation, President Obama has proclaimed the week of October 21-27, 2012 as National Forest Products Week.