USDA - Home Page https://www.usda.gov/ USDA - Latest News Releases en Fine-Tuned Partnerships Rev Up Trail Recovery https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/01/21/fine-tuned-partnerships-rev-trail-recovery <p>Each year, severe wildfires ravage forests across the country, damaging ecosystems, infrastructure and recreation facilities, which are often in need of repair before they can be safely reopened. The 2018 Mendocino Complex Fire--one of the worst in California’s history--devastated more than 459,000 acres, including 288,000 acres of the Mendocino National Forest. That damage meant a lot of work to restore what was lost.</p> Thu, 21 Jan 2021 11:46:05 -0500 USDA Latest News Releases 42241 at https://www.usda.gov NIFA-Supported Research Innovates to Reduce Food Loss and Waste: An Interview with Robert Nowierski https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/01/12/nifa-supported-research-innovates-reduce-food-loss-and-waste-interview-robert <p>The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is USDA’s extramural science-funding agency within USDA’s Research, Education, and Economics mission area. What is NIFA doing to help reduce food loss and waste? This interview features insights from Robert Nowierski, NIFA, National Program Leader for Bio-Based Pest Management.</p> Tue, 12 Jan 2021 10:31:46 -0500 USDA Latest News Releases 42156 at https://www.usda.gov Conservation Program Benefits an Iconic Bird of the Southern Great Plains https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/01/06/conservation-program-benefits-iconic-bird-southern-great-plains <p>The lesser prairie-chicken and its habitat are making a comeback thanks to a USDA conservation program. The ground-dwelling bird was once abundant in the southern Great Plains, living in parts of Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas. But over the past 150 years due to human migration and settlement, the lesser prairie-chicken population has declined by more than 90 percent, and its range has shrunk by over 80 percent.</p> Wed, 06 Jan 2021 11:08:20 -0500 USDA Latest News Releases 42085 at https://www.usda.gov Unique Forest Service Program Saves Money and Lives with Innovative Technology https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/01/06/unique-forest-service-program-saves-money-and-lives-innovative-technology <p>Gifford Pinchot, founding father of the USDA Forest Service, revolutionized American forestry in the late 1800s and recognized the need for science-based forestry. The Forest service embraces innovation, science and technology to this day, and one program has exemplified that spirit for the past 75 years.</p> Wed, 06 Jan 2021 09:26:38 -0500 USDA Latest News Releases 42084 at https://www.usda.gov Four Easy Ways To Eat Well in the New Year https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/01/05/four-easy-ways-eat-well-new-year <p>Do you have resolutions for healthy eating this year? Eating well can fuel your body and help it feel its best as you move through your day. Use these four simple ideas from <a href="https://www.nutrition.gov">Nutrition.gov</a> to start the year with your health in mind.</p> Tue, 05 Jan 2021 09:11:23 -0500 USDA Latest News Releases 42074 at https://www.usda.gov Indoors or Outdoors, Horticulture and Holidays Go Together https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/12/21/indoors-or-outdoors-horticulture-and-holidays-go-together With the holiday season upon us, you may have missed the recent release of the 2019 <span class="MsoHyperlink"><a href="https://go.usa.gov/xAYt6">Census of Horticultural Specialties Report.</a> This 2017 Census of Agriculture special study is the only source of detailed production and sales data for floriculture, nursery, and specialty crops for the entire United States. Mon, 21 Dec 2020 13:31:36 -0500 USDA Latest News Releases 41534 at https://www.usda.gov Growing Connections Across USDA for Innovation in Food Safety and Nutrition https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/12/18/growing-connections-across-usda-innovation-food-safety-and-nutrition <p>Though our celebrations may be smaller and closer to home this holiday season, food will still be the centerpiece of many festivities. In a year where we’re trying our best to keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy, the safety and nutrition of our food is more important to our well-being than ever.</p> Fri, 18 Dec 2020 10:21:03 -0500 USDA Latest News Releases 41093 at https://www.usda.gov The Science Behind Your Traditional Holiday Meal https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/12/16/science-behind-your-traditional-holiday-meal <p>Holidays are traditionally a time to focus on family, friends and food. This year, as Americans navigate this unprecedented holiday season, many are turning to the kitchen to cook up expressions of love and care.</p> Wed, 16 Dec 2020 09:22:10 -0500 USDA Latest News Releases 41061 at https://www.usda.gov Bee Better Certification Program is Buzzing on U.S. Farms, Local Grocers https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/12/15/bee-better-certification-program-buzzing-us-farms-local-grocers <p>Bees are a lifeline for farms producing the world’s fruits, vegetables, nuts and other nutrient-rich foods. Bees pollinate billions of dollars’ worth of crops and play an essential role in our food supply. Pollinators are responsible for one in every three bites of food we eat and contribute more than $15 billion to our nation's crop values each year.</p> Tue, 15 Dec 2020 12:06:39 -0500 USDA Latest News Releases 41046 at https://www.usda.gov Artificial Intelligence Improves America’s Food System https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/12/10/artificial-intelligence-improves-americas-food-system <p>Technology is everywhere in the 21<sup>st</sup> century, and America’s food system is no exception.</p> Thu, 10 Dec 2020 09:23:14 -0500 USDA Latest News Releases 40997 at https://www.usda.gov