USDA - Home Page https://www.usda.gov/ USDA - Latest News Releases en APHIS Wildlife Biologists Aid Squirrel Recovery on the Delmarva https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/10/22/aphis-wildlife-biologists-aid-squirrel-recovery-delmarva <p>Many claim that 2020 has been a year of chaos and calamity, but for one rare squirrel, it might be a year of hope and new beginnings. The Delmarva Fox Squirrel (DFS) is a subspecies of fox squirrel found on the eastern shore of Maryland, Southern Delaware and Virginia. This pudgy, slow squirrel with its signature size and silvery-white coat has become a conservation success story in Maryland. Habitat loss along with other additive factors landed them on the Federal endangered species list in 1967. Protection and management efforts benefited DFS and in 2015, populations reached stable limits and they were officially delisted in Maryland. In parts of Delaware, DFS populations were not as prolific and numbers began to dwindle over time leaving only a few small populations.</p> Thu, 22 Oct 2020 11:45:28 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 40363 at https://www.usda.gov USDA’s Two Statistical Agencies Produce Quality, Trusted Information https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/10/20/usdas-two-statistical-agencies-produce-quality-trusted-information <p>Every five years, the United Nations designates October 20 as <a href="https://worldstatisticsday.org/">World Statistics Day</a> to celebrate the importance of official statistics. USDA has two principal federal statistical agencies, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and the Economic Research Service (ERS). These two agencies provide vast amounts of information that help us better understand our food system, rural communities, the environment, and the farmers who feed our families.</p> Tue, 20 Oct 2020 09:21:18 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 40334 at https://www.usda.gov How Much Science is in Your Shopping Cart? https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/10/19/how-much-science-your-shopping-cart <p>Do you use Roma tomatoes for your homemade marinara sauce? Do you like hops in your beer and good flavor in your fried catfish? Do you enjoy strawberries, and do you wish there was a natural mosquito repellant on the market? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you can thank scientists from USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) for increasing the quality of these – and more – items in your shopping cart.</p> Mon, 19 Oct 2020 15:26:44 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 40308 at https://www.usda.gov When the Extraordinary Becomes the Ordinary, the Ordinary Become Extraordinary https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/10/16/when-extraordinary-becomes-ordinary-ordinary-become-extraordinary <p>On Sept. 7, 2020, Labor Day, the Pacific Northwest experienced a firestorm of historic proportions. For two days, gusty winds drove dry air from the east, down the west slopes of the Cascade mountains. Wind gusts up to sixty miles per hour collided with record-breaking dry conditions, fanning flames of existing wildfires and creating optimal conditions for new fires to start.</p> Fri, 16 Oct 2020 09:33:34 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 40289 at https://www.usda.gov Experimental Forests offer one-of-a-kind remote learning materials https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/10/08/experimental-forests-offer-one-kind-remote-learning-materials <p>In this time of widespread remote learning, USDA Forest Service <span class="MsoHyperlink"><a href="https://www.fs.fed.us/research/efr/">Experimental Forests and Rangelands</a> bring the mysteries of the forest to the classroom, even when it’s at home.</p> Thu, 08 Oct 2020 12:39:56 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 40184 at https://www.usda.gov Trump Administration Invests Nearly $4 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural Indiana https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2020/10/06/trump-administration-invests-nearly-4-million-high-speed-0 The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing nearly $4 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Indiana. Tue, 06 Oct 2020 12:00:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 40152 at https://www.usda.gov USDA Announces $19.1 Million to Support Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2020/10/06/usda-announces-191-million-support-socially-disadvantaged-and Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture  (USDA) announced  $19.1 million in grants to provide training, outreach, and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers. USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers (2501) Program is managed by the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE).  Tue, 06 Oct 2020 13:30:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 40130 at https://www.usda.gov NIFA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Provides Competitive Grants for Mentoring, Education, and Assistance https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/10/05/nifas-beginning-farmer-and-rancher-development-program-provides-competitive Interest in agricultural careers is enjoying a resurgence in America. While there are many excellent opportunities in farming and ranching, beginning farmers and ranchers have unique needs for education, training, technical assistance, and outreach. For those within their first 10 years of operation, it’s vital beginning farmers and ranchers have access to capital, land, and information to help improve their operations’ profitability and sustainability Mon, 05 Oct 2020 09:35:10 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 40116 at https://www.usda.gov Firefighting Cattle: Targeted Grazing Makes Firebreaks in Cheatgrass https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/10/01/firefighting-cattle-targeted-grazing-makes-firebreaks-cheatgrass <p>Cattle grazing on a nearly half mile wide targeted strip of cheatgrass near Beowawe, Nevada, created a firebreak that helped limit a rangeland fire to just 54 acres this past August compared to rangeland fires that more commonly race across thousands of acres of the Great Basin.</p> Thu, 01 Oct 2020 16:09:25 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 40092 at https://www.usda.gov Transparent Wood Could Be the Window of the Future https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/10/01/transparent-wood-could-be-window-future <p>Could looking through trees be the view to a greener future? Trees replacing the clear pane glass in your windows is not a work of science fiction. It’s happening now.</p> Thu, 01 Oct 2020 10:24:39 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 40090 at https://www.usda.gov