USDA - Latest Blogs https://www.usda.gov/ USDA - Latest Blog Posts en Texas Residents: We Need Your Help To Protect Citrus from Invasive Pests https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/05/03/texas-residents-we-need-your-help-protect-citrus-invasive-pests <p>It’s amazing to think that just three counties in Texas’ Lower Rio Grande Valley produce more than 9 million cartons of fresh grapefruit and oranges each year, making it one of the United States’ top citrus areas. But it’s not easy! South Texas citrus growers face a significant challenge: <a href="https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/resources/pests-diseases/hungry-pests/mff/mexff">a small fruit fly from Mexico</a> that attacks citrus fruit.</p> Mon, 03 May 2021 10:34:32 -0400 USDA Latest Blogs 43395 at https://www.usda.gov 5 Ways USDA Science Reduces Food Waste https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/04/28/5-ways-usda-science-reduces-food-waste <p>The Economic Research Service estimates that in 2010, <a href="https://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/food-availability-per-capita-data-system/food-loss/#howmuch">America wasted approximately 133 billion pounds of food</a>. That’s the equivalent of every American discarding three average-sized apples every day. Not the “apple a day” advice we’re used to hearing. Today, on Stop Food Waste Day, we’re sharing five examples of how USDA is using scientific ingenuity to curb food loss and waste.</p> Wed, 28 Apr 2021 09:31:47 -0400 USDA Latest Blogs 43358 at https://www.usda.gov 200 Year History of the House Committee on Agriculture https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/04/27/200-year-history-house-committee-agriculture <p>For 200 years, the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture has stood for both growers and consumers in America. To commemorate the Committee's anniversary, USDA’s National Agricultural Library created a <a href="https://www.nal.usda.gov/main/collections/exhibits/houseag200th">digital timeline</a> to highlight key events, members, and legislation in the Committee's history.</p> Tue, 27 Apr 2021 09:13:43 -0400 USDA Latest Blogs 43340 at https://www.usda.gov Conservation Finance Can Mean Cleaner Air and Water and Healthier Soil https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/04/26/conservation-finance-can-mean-cleaner-air-and-water-and-healthier-soil <p>USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is the largest funder of conservation on private land in the United States, supporting producers’ transitions to beneficial farming and ranching practices. While these transitions can require an upfront cost, they also often lead to financial rewards. Healthy and resilient soils, rich with organic material, may lead to more productive crops requiring less fertilizer. And watersheds protected by forests and riverbanks with riparian habitat can lead to cleaner water downstream.</p> Mon, 26 Apr 2021 12:15:12 -0400 USDA Latest Blogs 43309 at https://www.usda.gov Inside the National Organic Program: Organic Farmer Turned USDA National Organic Program Accreditation Manager Shares Why Organic https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/04/22/inside-national-organic-program-organic-farmer-turned-usda-national-organic <p>What does organic certification really mean for a farm? In Lars Crail’s experience as a central California organic pear farmer turned NOP Accreditation Division Audit Supervisor, going organic transformed his orchard and led to a new career helping others achieve organic success.</p> Thu, 22 Apr 2021 10:31:17 -0400 USDA Latest Blogs 43279 at https://www.usda.gov Sustainable Farming with Gotham Greens https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/04/22/sustainable-farming-gotham-greens <p>Sparrows Point, Md., is home to a sustainable greenhouse that is changing the way we grow produce in cities across America. Gotham Greens’ climate-controlled facility is supplying grocery stores throughout the region with fresh produce such as leafy greens and herbs while using a fraction of the natural resources required by traditional farming.</p> Thu, 22 Apr 2021 09:06:21 -0400 USDA Latest Blogs 43276 at https://www.usda.gov 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 Blogs 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 Blogs 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 Blogs 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 Blogs 43161 at https://www.usda.gov