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Start 2024 off right by joining us at the Agricultural Outlook Forum. We can't wait to explore with you the theme 'Culti...
01/05/2024

Start 2024 off right by joining us at the Agricultural Outlook Forum. We can't wait to explore with you the theme 'Cultivating the Future' and share key insights on the latest trends in agriculture. Don't wait - register today and join us in shaping the future of the industry!

https://reg.eventmobi.com/USDAOutlookForum2024

With the recently updated Plant Hardiness Zone Map, you can explore zones by zip code for info specific to your location...
01/03/2024

With the recently updated Plant Hardiness Zone Map, you can explore zones by zip code for info specific to your location. Discover the best plants for your climate with this GIS-based tool ➡️ https://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov

Maple sugaring activities are ramping up at Zoller Elementary School of Schenectady, New York. Students from pre-Kinderg...
01/03/2024

Maple sugaring activities are ramping up at Zoller Elementary School of Schenectady, New York. Students from pre-Kindergarten to 5th grade help identify maple trees, collect the sap throughout the winter, and get to take home maple syrup to be enjoyed with their whole family. Such a fun way to learn about the outdoors and bring a little sweetness to the cold winter months! 🌳 ❄ 🌳

01/01/2024

Happy New Year from your friends and partners at USDA! Wishing all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2024 ❤️

Food produced at the Headquarters People’s Garden is donated to DC Central Kitchen, a nonprofit and social enterprise th...
12/29/2023

Food produced at the Headquarters People’s Garden is donated to DC Central Kitchen, a nonprofit and social enterprise that combats hunger and poverty through job training and job creation. For this holiday season and the coming New Year, consider supporting your local food bank. Set up a food drive, volunteer, or donate to help your neighbors that are facing hunger.

The holidays are a perfect time for baking old and new recipes with your family and friends. And whether you are baking ...
12/22/2023

The holidays are a perfect time for baking old and new recipes with your family and friends. And whether you are baking in North America or at the North Pole, your holiday cookies, cakes, pies, and candies are sure to be extra sweet and delicious thanks to the high quality and variety of food ingredients produced by America’s farmers and exported to customers around the world.

Traveling with a pet this holiday season? Be sure to check out USDA APHIS' pet travel tips page to learn about animal he...
12/21/2023

Traveling with a pet this holiday season? Be sure to check out
USDA APHIS' pet travel tips page to learn about animal health requirements specific for your destination: https://aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel

Surrounding the Placitas Community Library  in New Mexico, a bounty of shrubs, wildflowers and water-hardy trees provide...
12/20/2023

Surrounding the Placitas Community Library in New Mexico, a bounty of shrubs, wildflowers and water-hardy trees provide inspiration and contemplation—hallmarks of the reading life. The library garden serves as a space for residents to learn about soil and water conservation, wildlife habitat, and the value of native plants. An all-volunteer crew of Sandoval Extension Master Gardeners, patrons, and community members tend the garden, providing a community place to gather – individually or in groups – to enjoy the sights and sounds of desert life.

https://placitaslibrary.com/library-gardens-and-labyrinth/

As we gather with loved ones and reflect on the year, let's also celebrate a century of agricultural progress! Join us o...
12/20/2023

As we gather with loved ones and reflect on the year, let's also celebrate a century of agricultural progress! Join us on February 14-15, 2024 in Arlington, VA for USDA's 100th Annual Agricultural Outlook Forum

Experience captivating discussions, insightful presentations, and a chance to connect with industry experts and innovators. Explore the future of farming and food systems as we mark this momentous occasion together!

Register Today!
https://reg.eventmobi.com/USDAOutlookForum2024

As winter settles in DC, garden managers and volunteers seized the cold snowy weather to plant garlic and crocuses in th...
12/19/2023

As winter settles in DC, garden managers and volunteers seized the cold snowy weather to plant garlic and crocuses in the USDA People’s Garden Initiative Headquarter Garden. These hardy bulbs will remain dormant through winter and sprout in early spring, bringing yummy garlic scapes and beautiful blooms.

Beyond the non-living mineral and organic matter, the soil is full of diverse living organisms (animals, plants, bacteria, archaea, and fungi), that ensure proper nutrient cycling - even in the cold winter months!

📷: Raven Larcom/Xerces Society

The USDA 1890 National Scholars Program is accepting applications! This program provides educational and career opportun...
12/15/2023

The USDA 1890 National Scholars Program is accepting applications! This program provides educational and career opportunities for students seeking bachelor’s degrees from 1890 land-grant universities. Applications accepted until March 1, 2024.

This scholarship provides full tuition, fees, books, room and board to students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher pursuing degrees in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or related academic disciplines. Scholars are also eligible for summer internships that may convert to full-time employment with USDA after graduation.

https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2023/12/15/usda-now-accepting-applications-1890-national-scholars-program

USDA has signed an agreement with Agriculture Future of America (AFA), formalizing a partnership to strengthen the futur...
12/12/2023

USDA has signed an agreement with Agriculture Future of America (AFA), formalizing a partnership to strengthen the future competitiveness and sustainability of the U.S. agriculture industry by preparing more young people for careers in agriculture.

USDA and AFA will continue to collaborate on short- and long-term initiatives to prepare youth, foster leadership development, and link these young leaders with career opportunities in food, agricultural science, natural resources and related fields.

Read more: https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2023/12/12/usda-signs-agreement-agriculture-future-america-prepare-young

It's a question as old as dirt - how do garden worms keep warm in the winter? A large vermicompost system will maintain ...
12/11/2023

It's a question as old as dirt - how do garden worms keep warm in the winter? A large vermicompost system will maintain internal heat. Small outdoor bins can be insulated with blankets or straw with gaps for airflow. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3GFhwUe

USDA’s Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likel...
12/07/2023

USDA’s Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The recently updated map contains greater detail and tips for growers ➡️ https://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov

In the middle of Waterloo, Iowa, the Peoples Community Health Clinic has created something special for their patients an...
12/07/2023

In the middle of Waterloo, Iowa, the Peoples Community Health Clinic has created something special for their patients and the community. The organically managed garden provides nourishing produce to diverse underserved populations and strives to improve access to fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables. The garden is managed in collaboration with University of Iowa Center for Energy & Environmental Education with AmeriCorps members, volunteers, community organizations, and a garden manager.

As Kamyar Enshayan, Director of the Center for Energy & Environmental Education shared, “the land and good food bring people together.” That certainly is true for this shining space in the city.

Between 2012 and 2017, acres under reduced tillage methods increased 28%. No till acreage increased 8%. Acres of cover c...
12/05/2023

Between 2012 and 2017, acres under reduced tillage methods increased 28%. No till acreage increased 8%. Acres of cover crop increased 50%. On Feb. 13, NASS will provide Census of Agriculture data from 2022 about U.S. farmers’ land use practices. Happy World Soil Day! nass.usda.gov/AgCensus

The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program provides educational and career opportunities for students from rural or underse...
12/05/2023

The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program provides educational and career opportunities for students from rural or underserved communities around the country attending 1890 land-grant universities.

The application window for the 2024 scholarship program opens on December 15. Learn more: https://www.usda.gov/partnerships/1890NationalScholars

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