USDA - Latest Blogs https://www.usda.gov/ USDA - Latest Blog Posts en When Bears Fly https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/11/25/when-bears-fly <p>This bear can fly. The new Smokey Bear balloon debuted in last year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (USDA Forest Service photo.)</p> Wed, 25 Nov 2020 09:41:21 -0500 USDA Latest Blogs 40850 at https://www.usda.gov Leftovers: The Gift that Keeps on Giving https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/11/24/leftovers-gift-keeps-giving <p>It’s that time of year again where families and friends give thanks together – either in person or virtually. This may be the first time you’re taking on the labor-intensive task of making a Thanksgiving meal. Planning is needed before, during and after, to ensure food safety but the steps are easy.</p> Tue, 24 Nov 2020 13:48:06 -0500 USDA Latest Blogs 40832 at https://www.usda.gov Feed Additive Promotes Safer Chicken for Consumers https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/11/23/feed-additive-promotes-safer-chicken-consumers <p><span><span>Scientists from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have found that feeding baby chicks a special diet rich in dietary supplements <span>can boost their immune systems when they are most vulnerable.</span></span></span></p> Mon, 23 Nov 2020 11:42:55 -0500 USDA Latest Blogs 40805 at https://www.usda.gov The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Arrives in DC https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/11/20/us-capitol-christmas-tree-arrives-dc <p>For 50 years, the arrival of the <a href="https://www.uscapitolchristmastree.com/tree.html">U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree</a> has brought enormous excitement to the workers who deliver the tree across the country and then hoist the towering conifer into place on the West Lawn of Capitol Hill.</p> Fri, 20 Nov 2020 14:47:56 -0500 USDA Latest Blogs 40786 at https://www.usda.gov NIFA Funds Tribal Programs to Support Learning, Health & Opportunity https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/11/23/nifa-funds-tribal-programs-support-learning-health-opportunity <p>USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) funds programs that promote learning, opportunities and health in Tribal communities. The total amount NIFA invested in all Tribal programs in FY 2020 was approximately $28 million.</p> Fri, 20 Nov 2020 12:24:50 -0500 USDA Latest Blogs 40784 at https://www.usda.gov Science is Saving the Mangrove Forests https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/11/20/science-saving-mangrove-forests <p>Mangrove forests along the coastlines in the Asia-Pacific region provide building materials for traditional homes, shelter fish and wildlife, protect communities from tsunamis and typhoons, and store more carbon than any other forested ecosystem in the world. Despite all they do for humans and the planet, mangrove forests are threatened by over harvesting and rising sea levels.</p> Fri, 20 Nov 2020 11:39:34 -0500 USDA Latest Blogs 40783 at https://www.usda.gov Don’t Forget Your Thanksgiving Food Safety Steps https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/11/19/dont-forget-your-thanksgiving-food-safety-steps <p>Thanksgiving is one week away – the pressure is on! Cooking this special meal does not have to be intimidating. With a few food safety reminders, you can ensure that you will be able to enjoy your Thanksgiving meal while remaining grateful and healthy.</p> Thu, 19 Nov 2020 10:29:04 -0500 USDA Latest Blogs 40764 at https://www.usda.gov There’s No Place Like the Peabody Home https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/11/19/theres-no-place-peabody-home <p>Meg Miller, executive director of the Peabody Senior-Care Home in Franklin, N.H., was elated to hear that the beloved facility was approved for a $26 million loan from USDA Rural Development’s <a href="https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/community-facilities-direct-loan-grant-program">Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program</a>.</p> Thu, 19 Nov 2020 09:40:21 -0500 USDA Latest Blogs 40763 at https://www.usda.gov Safe Agricultural Data Collection and Delivery https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/11/18/safe-agricultural-data-collection-and-delivery <p>For over 150 years, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has been gathering accurate, timely and useful data in service to U.S. agriculture. We have many ways to collect information including from geospatial sources, administrative data from other agencies, and the familiar surveys of farms and ranches. All NASS surveys can be completed online but sometimes we need to reach out by phone or in-person.</p> Wed, 18 Nov 2020 10:44:46 -0500 USDA Latest Blogs 40747 at https://www.usda.gov Pioneering Innovative Health Care Service and Infrastructure for Rural Areas https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/11/18/pioneering-innovative-health-care-service-and-infrastructure-rural-areas <p>Rural areas continue to face unique health care challenges. Among them are a lack of infrastructure, long distances to services, and a qualified health care workforce.</p> Wed, 18 Nov 2020 09:41:24 -0500 USDA Latest Blogs 40745 at https://www.usda.gov