USDA - Home Page https://www.usda.gov/ USDA - Latest News Releases en USDA Amplifies Farmers Voices and Concerns Over Transportation and Shipping https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/04/19/usda-amplifies-farmers-voices-and-concerns-over-transportation-and-shipping <p>Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) convened a meeting with representatives of U.S. agricultural products and leadership from the United States Department of Transportation (DoT) to discuss current issues surrounding shipping U.S. agricultural exports, as well as logistical and technical concerns. Participants included a wide range of agriculture stakeholders in the livestock, grains, specialty crop, and dairy industries, as well as representatives from the shipping and value-added sector of U.S. agriculture. The discussion was led jointly by USDA Chief of Staff Katharine Ferguson and DoT Senior Advisor Carlos Monje, the key point of contact for Secretary Buttigieg on this issue.</p> Mon, 19 Apr 2021 16:52:29 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 43220 at https://www.usda.gov Celebrate National Garlic Day with Facts about the Popular Cooking Ingredient https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/04/19/celebrate-national-garlic-day-facts-about-popular-cooking-ingredient <p>Let’s not mince words: Cuisine all over the world includes garlic. No wonder there is an entire day dedicated to the pungent bulb and the sharp flavor it provides. To mark today’s National Garlic Day celebration, check out these facts you may not know about the ingredient:</p> Mon, 19 Apr 2021 09:24:04 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 43217 at https://www.usda.gov FAQs on American Rescue Plan Debt Relief for Socially Disadvantaged Borrowers https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/04/16/faqs-american-rescue-plan-debt-relief-socially-disadvantaged-borrowers <p>Earlier this week, we posted important information about the American Rescue Plan debt relief payments for socially disadvantaged producers. The American Rescue Plan includes provisions for USDA to pay up to 120% of loan balances, as of January 1, 2021, for Farm Service Agency (FSA) Direct and Guaranteed Farm Loans and Farm Storage Facility Loans (FSFL).</p> Fri, 16 Apr 2021 10:28:09 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 43203 at https://www.usda.gov A Spotlight on the History of Infant Nutrition https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/04/13/spotlight-history-infant-nutrition <p>Nutrition plays a key role in helping infants to grow into healthy children and adults. Since the early 1900s, USDA has provided resources for breastfeeding, introducing first foods, building lasting healthy eating habits, and more. Explore how infant nutrition advice has changed over the decades with these resources from the <a href="https://naldc.nal.usda.gov/historical_dietary_guidance_digital">Historical Dietary Guidance Digital Collection</a>.</p> Tue, 13 Apr 2021 09:20:43 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 43161 at https://www.usda.gov Celebrating 1 Million COVID Vaccines Administered by USDA https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/04/09/celebrating-1-million-covid-vaccines-administered-usda <p>The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has reached the milestone of administering one million COVID-19 vaccines throughout the country. This occasion comes on the heels of the Biden-Harris Administration’s announcement that nearly 150 million people in the United States have been vaccinated.</p> Fri, 09 Apr 2021 12:17:40 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 43124 at https://www.usda.gov New, Easy-to-Use Conservation Data in RCA Data Viewer https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/03/30/new-easy-use-conservation-data-rca-data-viewer <p>Looking for NRCS conservation program data? Whether you need program financial information or number of conservation contracts, civil rights data or which practices are applied on how many acres – this and much more is available in the Soil and Water Resources Conservation Act <a href="https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/rca/national/technical/nra/rca/text/">(RCA) Data Viewer</a>.</p> Tue, 30 Mar 2021 10:56:18 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 42999 at https://www.usda.gov Keeping Airline Passengers and Wildlife Safe: APHIS and its Partners Work to Identify Best Management Practices for Wildlife Repellents at Airports https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/03/29/keeping-airline-passengers-and-wildlife-safe-aphis-and-its-partners-work <p>A variety of wildlife species—from birds to rodents and rabbits—often visit airport environments leading to safety concerns for both wildlife and airline passengers. Collisions between wildlife and aircraft have increased in the past 30 years because of an increase in both hazardous wildlife species populations and aircraft movements. To help reduce the risk of these potentially dangerous interactions, USDA-APHIS <a href="https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/wildlifedamage">Wildlife Services</a> (WS) biologists provide airport operators across the Nation with advice and recommendations on how to keep runways and flight paths clear of wildlife.</p> Mon, 29 Mar 2021 12:52:00 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 42976 at https://www.usda.gov Sowing the Seeds of Success: Future Leaders in Agriculture https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/03/24/sowing-seeds-success-future-leaders-agriculture <p>Who are the students pursuing careers in ag? We spoke to college students from minority-serving institutions who recently met (virtually) with USDA officials and partner organizations through the Future Leaders in Agriculture Program. They shared their insights on the event, their studies, and their future careers.</p> Wed, 24 Mar 2021 10:13:49 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 42937 at https://www.usda.gov Passion Overcomes Pandemic Challenges https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/03/22/passion-overcomes-pandemic-challenges <p>Like countless schools across the country, the Live Oak Unified School District, about 50 miles north of Sacramento, had to shift their operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> Mon, 22 Mar 2021 13:31:33 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 42902 at https://www.usda.gov USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service Helps Global Efforts to Reduce Food Loss and Waste: An Interview with Paige Cowie https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/03/22/usdas-foreign-agricultural-service-helps-global-efforts-reduce-food-loss-and <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) links U.S. agriculture to the world to enhance export opportunities and global food security. Globally, food waste is estimated at 1.6 billion tonnes and arises from many causes from farm to table. In developing countries, these causes include lack of cold-chain storage (refrigeration and freezing, for example), poor-post harvest handling techniques, and lack of access to markets. What is FAS doing to help reduce food loss and waste? This interview features insights from Paige Cowie, Resilient Agriculture Program Manager, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.</p> Mon, 22 Mar 2021 10:41:10 -0400 USDA Latest News Releases 42894 at https://www.usda.gov