USDA - Latest Blogs USDA - Latest Blog Posts en Do Meal Kits Reduce Food Waste? An Interview with Dr. Brenna Ellison <p>Meal kits became more popular during the pandemic, as many households opted for food delivery due to stay at home orders and preferences for maintaining social distancing. Do these kits also help reduce food waste? Dr. Brenna Ellison, Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, provides insights based on her study with USDA on meal kits.</p> Wed, 28 Jul 2021 10:48:17 -0400 USDA Latest Blogs 44499 at Protecting Hawaii’s Large Birds <p>In May, APHIS was <a href="">awarded the prestigious Presidential Migratory Bird Federal Stewardship Award</a> by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The recognition is for Wildlife Services (WS) work with diverse partners to protect the Hawaiian goose and Laysan albatross from dangerous collisions with aircraft and to increase the birds’ populations and nesting habitats.</p> Mon, 26 Jul 2021 11:08:46 -0400 USDA Latest Blogs 44447 at Celebrating Comfort Foods, Parents, and Producers this National Parents’ Day <p>Do you appreciate your parents – the things they have done for you, life advice, or traditions they passed down? Now is a good time to ponder these things as every year, on the fourth Sunday in July, we celebrate National Parents’ Day!</p> Thu, 22 Jul 2021 12:18:06 -0400 USDA Latest Blogs 44425 at How the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Demonstrate the Importance of Ag Trade <p>Beginning July 23, all eyes will be on Japan as it hosts the <a href="">2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games</a>. For me, this summer’s Olympics is the perfect blend of things that I’m passionate about – there’s cycling, there’s an international governing body that oversees the games, and there’s fellowship between the United States and Japan.</p> Thu, 22 Jul 2021 09:07:33 -0400 USDA Latest Blogs 44423 at Can Family-Owned Forests Help the U.S. Achieve a Low-Carbon Future? <p>A USDA Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) project is trying to reimagine how carbon markets can work with and for small landholders. The Family Forest Carbon Program (FFCP), led by the American Forest Foundation (AFF) and The Nature Conservancy, bases carbon payments on specific forest management practices that have been scientifically shown to increase the amount of carbon that gets removed from the atmosphere and stored in the trees and soil. The project’s goal is to facilitate the participation of nearly 300 million acres of family-owned American forests in carbon markets</p> Mon, 19 Jul 2021 09:30:34 -0400 USDA Latest Blogs 44377 at Wetland Mitigation Banking Partnerships are Thriving in Georgia <p>Wetlands are one of nature’s most important and productive ecosystems. They provide wildlife habitat, store floodwaters, filter pollutants, capture carbon, and offer recreational opportunities. Since 2016, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has spent $20 million to establish wetland mitigation banks to help restore and protect wetland ecosystems on agricultural land.</p> Fri, 16 Jul 2021 09:28:48 -0400 USDA Latest Blogs 44365 at Tea and Berries May Slow Onset of Alzheimer’s <p>According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 5.8 million Americans aged 65 or older live with Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is projected to nearly <a href="">triple by 2160</a>. Fortunately, USDA-funded research may have found a tasty way to slow disease onset.</p> Thu, 08 Jul 2021 09:21:57 -0400 USDA Latest Blogs 44264 at Declare Your Independence from Foodborne Illness <p>This Fourth of July, join the revolution against foodborne illness. Summer’s rising temperatures make picnics a playground for bacteria as families prepare, cook, and eat food outside. Here are <a href="">some tips</a> to keep you safe:</p> Thu, 01 Jul 2021 09:31:44 -0400 USDA Latest Blogs 44185 at NRCS Scientists Work in Partnership to Save Florida Manatees <p>Did you know the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) soil scientists are playing an important role in saving Florida’s manatees?</p> Wed, 23 Jun 2021 11:25:59 -0400 USDA Latest Blogs 44077 at From Volunteer to Homeowner <p>Richard Norman, 72, had long wanted to own a home, and move to a safer neighborhood. Unfortunately, he had been unable to get a loan from the bank. He wasn’t sure if his dream of homeownership would ever become a reality.</p> Tue, 22 Jun 2021 12:26:08 -0400 USDA Latest Blogs 44065 at