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USDA Women in Science Share Advice with the Next Generation

At USDA, we harness the power of agricultural science to transform the world. To create a future that is more sustainable, prosperous and equitable for everyone. This requires a diverse scientific workforce that is driving innovation forward. Women voices and perspectives are a crucial part of this work.

Discovering Alternative Careers in Agriculture through the E. Kika de la Garza Fellowship

A longtime biology instructor at Yakima Valley College (YVC) in Washington state, Claire Carpenter works with YVC students throughout their undergraduate research. She has led small summer research projects and was interested in bringing more agriculture into both those projects and her classes.

Enjoy Stress-Free Holidays with Nutrition.gov’s New Healthy Resources

December is a festive time of year with twinkling lights, fresh baked goods and meaningful get-togethers with our loved ones. However, planning menus that meet guests’ dietary restrictions, sticking within your holiday budget, and ensuring safe food practices, can be overwhelming. That’s why Nutrition.gov launched a Healthy Holidays webpage with resources so you can enjoy a stress-free holiday season. On this new webpage, you can find information on:

BlueSTEM, Oklahoma Schools Partner with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service to Cultivate Curiosity

Education used to be about the “Three Rs” – reading, (w)riting, and (a)rithmetic. It still is, but more letters have worked their way in: S, T, E, and M. Since 2001 educators have begun to focus more of their attention on the teaching of STEM – an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Knowledge is Power! Increase Your Health Literacy with USDA Resources

October is Health Literacy Month! Health literacy is a crucial component of maintaining our health. It is your ability to access and understand health information and services. Being able to find and use the best available resources can help us live healthier lives, prevent certain health outcomes, and manage health issues.

USDA Study Sets Nutrition Baseline for Breastfeeding

August is National Breastfeeding Month. Did you know that USDA conducts research to define dietary needs to ensure optimal maternal and child health? A researcher with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is heading international studies to establish nutritional guidelines for vitamins and minerals in human milk.

A Vision Realized: 10 Years of USDA Climate Hubs and the People Who Made It Happen

In June 2013, Secretary Vilsack outlined a vision for agricultural solutions to environmental challenges, which included creating the Regional Climate Hubs. In 2014, the USDA Climate Hubs were established in to serve as regional centers of climate change information and outreach to reduce risks. The Climate Hubs enhance USDA capacity to deliver science-based knowledge and practical information to support climate-informed decision making on farms, ranches, and forests.