USDA - Home Page https://www.usda.gov/ USDA - Latest News Releases en Unknown Population of Rare, Endangered Tree Discovered https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/06/17/unknown-population-rare-endangered-tree-discovered <p>Until now, only a single Harbison's hawthorn (<em>Crataegus harbisonii</em>) tree was thought to exist in the wild, growing in the limestone soils of Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tennessee.</p> Thu, 17 Jun 2021 11:09:08 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 44011 at https://www.usda.gov Is the Allure of Farming Irresistible? https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/06/16/allure-farming-irresistible <p>Farming is hot! From sweet corn to watermelon and apricots to tomatoes, a lot is growing on the farm this summer. Millions of producers across our nation continue to work tirelessly to produce safe and delicious food. According to the latest <a href="https://www.nass.usda.gov/AgCensus/index.php">Census of Agriculture</a>, more than a quarter of these producers are new and beginning farmers, proving that many people are unable to resist agriculture’s magnetic appeal.</p> Wed, 16 Jun 2021 09:37:30 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 43990 at https://www.usda.gov Virtual USDA Food Loss and Waste Innovation Fair Available On-Demand https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/06/15/virtual-usda-food-loss-and-waste-innovation-fair-available-demand <p>In the United States, more than one-third of all available food goes uneaten through loss or waste and when landfilled it contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. On May 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture hosted our first ever USDA Food Loss and Waste Innovation Fair. This free, virtual fair highlighted businesses that are creating or implementing state-of-the-art technical solutions to reduce food loss and waste throughout the food system – from farm to table – and highlighted USDA activities in this space.</p> Tue, 15 Jun 2021 11:02:35 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 43975 at https://www.usda.gov Humble Beginnings to Homeownership https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/06/10/humble-beginnings-homeownership <p>Gloria Gonzalez has humble beginnings in Mexico where, as a child, she lived in a home made by her grandmother out of river rocks and mud. The dream of living in a safe, sturdy home wouldn’t become reality until moving to the United States.</p> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 11:16:29 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 43904 at https://www.usda.gov What is the U.S. Codex Office’s Role in Safe Food and Why does it Matter? https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/06/08/what-us-codex-offices-role-safe-food-and-why-does-it-matter <p>This year’s World Food Safety Day theme is “food safety is everyone’s business.” One group with members around the world is focused on the business of science-based food standards to protect consumer health.</p> Tue, 08 Jun 2021 11:58:27 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 43876 at https://www.usda.gov Safer Food, Safer World: USDA Combines Science, Trade, and Online Learning https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/06/07/safer-food-safer-world-usda-combines-science-trade-and-online-learning <p>As we recognize World Food Safety Day, we celebrate the five-year anniversary of the Food Safety Network (FSN), a partnership between USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FSN provides developing countries with the tools and training to strengthen animal and plant health, food safety, and agricultural trade. But, that’s not all. The work of FSN also supports the <a href="https://www.usaid.gov/what-we-do/agriculture-and-food-security/us-government-global-food-security-strategy">U.S. Government Global Food Security Strategy’s</a> goals to improve food security, and reduce poverty and malnutrition around the world.</p> Mon, 07 Jun 2021 10:24:01 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 43841 at https://www.usda.gov Safe Food Now for a Healthy Tomorrow https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/06/07/safe-food-now-healthy-tomorrow <p>No matter the language, World Food Safety Day aims to inspire action across the globe to prevent, detect, and manage foodborne risks.</p> Mon, 07 Jun 2021 09:22:22 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 43840 at https://www.usda.gov Summer Movers: Protect Your New Neighborhoods and Surrounding Areas from Gypsy Moths https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/06/01/summer-movers-protect-your-new-neighborhoods-and-surrounding-areas-gypsy <p>If you are moving this year from a location within the gypsy moth <a href="https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/maps/plant-health/european-gypsy-moth-quarantine">quarantine area</a> to a location outside the quarantine area, please inspect outdoor household items for pests. This is a federal requirement for homeowners moving from gypsy moth quarantine areas.</p> Tue, 01 Jun 2021 10:48:41 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 43772 at https://www.usda.gov WIC Making a Difference for Mississippi Mom https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/05/28/wic-making-difference-mississippi-mom <p>When Rebecca and Parker Catt became parents, they faced a new set of challenges, including making the right choices in deciding what their baby James should be fed. After Rebecca heard about the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) from a friend at the gym, she went to a WIC clinic near her home in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. There she discovered she qualified for the program and signed up.</p> Fri, 28 May 2021 12:42:48 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 43743 at https://www.usda.gov ARS Scientists Tackle California Climate Woes https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/05/27/ars-scientists-tackle-california-climate-woes <p>A team of USDA agricultural scientists in the Golden State are helping farmers make the most out of a natural resource that is becoming ever more precious – water.</p> Thu, 27 May 2021 10:35:07 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 43730 at https://www.usda.gov