USDA - Latest Blogs https://www.usda.gov/ USDA - Latest Blog Posts en Three Food Safety Tips to Add to Your Healthy Eating Routine https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/09/17/three-food-safety-tips-add-your-healthy-eating-routine <p>September is National Food Safety Education Month, and Nutrition.gov is excited to share our updated <a href="https://www.nutrition.gov/topics/food-safety">Food Safety</a> page to help you celebrate! Now, you can find information on current and trending topics like food delivery services and emergency food storage to continue enjoying safe, nutritious food.</p> Thu, 17 Sep 2020 10:14:16 -0400 USDA Latest Blogs 39924 at https://www.usda.gov Connecting Veterans with the Lands for which they Fought https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/09/11/connecting-veterans-lands-which-they-fought <p>Millions visit America’s public lands every year to have fun and get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. In fact, spending time in nature can be truly restorative and research shows that nature and green spaces have a positive effect on human health and wellbeing. Veterans, especially, may benefit from nature-based therapies on public lands to relieve stress and symptoms of trauma endured during their time in service.</p> Fri, 11 Sep 2020 10:13:18 -0400 USDA Latest Blogs 39851 at https://www.usda.gov ARS Scientists Take on World’s Deadliest Animal https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/09/08/ars-scientists-take-worlds-deadliest-animal <p>Scientists with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) are working to bring more weapons to bear against one of the most dangerous creatures in the animal kingdom: the mosquito.</p> Tue, 08 Sep 2020 11:13:52 -0400 USDA Latest Blogs 39797 at https://www.usda.gov Educational Resources that will Inspire Your Family to Learn and Practice Food Safety at Home https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/09/08/educational-resources-will-inspire-your-family-learn-and-practice-food-safety <p>You’re working from home and facing constant interruption by your child who needs help with a chore, schoolwork, or preparing a snack. Sound familiar? Many of us are wearing several hats: the working-at-home professional, the teacher, and the child entertainer.</p> Tue, 08 Sep 2020 10:52:28 -0400 USDA Latest Blogs 39796 at https://www.usda.gov Oil and Gas Rule Changes Aim for More Productive Forests https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/09/02/oil-and-gas-rule-changes-aim-more-productive-forests <p>As a multiple-use agency, the USDA Forest Service works to balance the many uses and benefits the American people expect from their national forests and grasslands.</p> Wed, 02 Sep 2020 16:08:46 -0400 USDA Latest Blogs 39745 at https://www.usda.gov RD’s ReConnect Program: Supporting Agricultural Innovation by Bridging the Digital Divide https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/09/02/rds-reconnect-program-supporting-agricultural-innovation-bridging-digital <p>Often when we think of rural broadband, we think about how internet access has revolutionized the way Americans consume media, conduct business, learn, and receive medical care via telemedicine. Over the last two decades, USDA has been making significant progress in connecting rural communities to the same telecommunications infrastructure enjoyed by their urban counterparts. However, the untapped potential of high-speed broadband also extends into the new technologies farmers and ranchers use to feed and clothe the world.</p> Wed, 02 Sep 2020 10:51:33 -0400 USDA Latest Blogs 39743 at https://www.usda.gov Test Your Children’s Food Safety Knowledge Before Letting Them Have the Run of the Kitchen https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/09/01/test-your-childrens-food-safety-knowledge-letting-them-have-run-kitchen <p>September is <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/education-month.html">Food Safety Education Month</a> and it’s a perfect time to test your children’s food safety knowledge before you let them take over your kitchen. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, many children have spent more time at home – and visited the kitchen numerous times a day.</p> Tue, 01 Sep 2020 09:18:43 -0400 USDA Latest Blogs 39725 at https://www.usda.gov Automation Helps Solve Specialty Crop Challenges https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/08/27/automation-helps-solve-specialty-crop-challenges <p>With support from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Multistate Research Fund, researchers at 17 land-grant universities are working together to develop automated systems that work well for labor-intensive specialty crops like fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and nursery plants. A multi-state collaborative approach lifts the burden of research and development from a single specialty crop sector and spurs major advances.</p> Thu, 27 Aug 2020 14:12:18 -0400 USDA Latest Blogs 39671 at https://www.usda.gov Scholarly Pursuits https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/08/27/scholarly-pursuits <p>Established in 1992, the <a href="/partnerships/1890NationalScholars">1890 National Scholars Program</a> is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the 1890 Land-Grant Universities. College students accepted into the program receive valuable on-the-job training with USDA agencies and are often eligible for conversion to full-time employment after successful completion of degree requirements.</p> Thu, 27 Aug 2020 13:13:39 -0400 USDA Latest Blogs 39670 at https://www.usda.gov Trillion Trees: Reducing Wildfire Risk, Protecting People and Wildlife https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/08/27/trillion-trees-reducing-wildfire-risk-protecting-people-and-wildlife <p>An opaque, autumn haze smothers much of the western United States from the <a href="https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm">millions of acres burning</a> across forests in the Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountains. Fire size and severity are rising in tandem with record heat, low winter snowpack, decreased summer rains, and abundant forest fuels. <a href="https://usfs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=88825ecd8e4a40f9aefdb24147b821e9">Wildfires in the West doubled in total size</a> between 2000-2015 compared to the previous 15 years, burning an average <a href="https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/fireInfo_stats_totalFires.html">6.8 million acres annually in the last decade</a>. This trend has wide-ranging consequences on the health and productivity of our national forests, our drinking water supplies, and wildlife habitat.</p> Thu, 27 Aug 2020 12:52:37 -0400 USDA Latest Blogs 39669 at https://www.usda.gov