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|WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2013 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement today:|
|WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2013 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the award of 33 Conservation Innovation Grants awarded to entities across the nation to develop and demonstrate cutting-edge ideas to accelerate private lands conservation. Grant recipients will demonstrate innovative approaches to improve soil health, conserve energy, manage nutrients and enhance wildlife habitat in balance with productive agricultural systems. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service administers this competitive grants program.|
|WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2013 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a partnership agreement to expand wood energy use, which will help improve the safety and health of our nation’s forests. The new partnership includes USDA, the Alliance for Green Heat, the Biomass Power Association, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council, and the Pellet Fuels Institute.|
|WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2013 – The U.S. Forest Service today published in the Federal Register a final rule improving the agency’s ability to restore lands affected by roads, trails, structures such as levees, culverts and drainage tiles and disturbance events such as floods and hurricanes.|
|OMAHA, Neb., Sept. 12, 2013 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making payments to support the production of advanced biofuel. USDA is making nearly $15.5 million in payments to 188 producers through the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program. USDA Rural Development Acting Under Secretary Doug O’Brien made the announcement on Vilsack’s behalf in Omaha, Neb., at the National Advanced Biofuels Conference. USDA remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. Today’s announcement is one part of the Department’s efforts to strengthen the rural economy.|
|MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 12, 2013 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced funding for projects in seven states, including Minnesota, to improve electric service for about 7,000 rural customers. Rural Utilities Service Administrator John Padalino made the announcement on the Secretary’s behalf during a regional meeting of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. The loan guarantees are made available through the Rural Utilities Service of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development. They include more than $5 million for smart grid projects and nearly $3 million to improve electric service for Native Americans.|
|WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2013—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden will lead a trade mission to promote U.S. agricultural trade and investment in sub-Saharan Africa, Sept. 16-20. The trade mission launches USDA’s Sub-Saharan Africa Trade Initiative, which aims to expand U.S. agricultural commercial ties in the region.|
|CHICAGO, September 13, 2013 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and Coca-Cola Americas President Steve Cahillane today announced a public-private partnership to restore and protect damaged watersheds on national lands. Together these efforts aim to return more than a billion liters of water to the National Forest System – which provides drinking water to more than 60 million Americans. The announcement was made at Midewin Tallgrass Prairie in Illinois.|
Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Ridgecrest City Hall
100 W California Ave
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
Kids Growing Strong
...helping to launch kids on a lifelong adventure of healthy living, the wonder of science and appreciation of nature.
Since 2001, Kids Growing Strong has been using garden-based education to help families and caregivers inspire children to connect with nature, to learn about growing and eating fresh, healthy food and to enjoy the wonders that can be found in a garden. Kids Growing Strong is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization.
Register for this event now at :
...parents, teachers and anyone
Leave the kids at home and spend a day exploring new and exciting ways to share the joy and wonders that can be found in a garden.
Kids should know where food really comes from and have the opportunity to experience the excitement and sense of pride that comes from growing something from seed to plate.
The garden can reconnect your kids with nature, wholesome & healthy food and an exciting world that can spark curiosity and learning that can last a lifetime.
Every "Leader-in-Training" will get loads of information, a binder full of resources and ideas for "hand-on garden activities" that will help you learn how to launch kids and their families on an exciting adventure growing, preparing and eating fresh, California-grown fruits & veggies.
...and it's FREE!
Sign up NOW to receive a FREE Kids Growing Strong insulated tote at the door.
Use the tote to carry home your loot and to keep your fruits and veggies coolfresh when you get them at the market.
Visit the Kids Growing Strong website for full details.
This program is sponsored by the USDA and the CA Dept. of Food & Agriculture.
Did we mention it is FREE?
|WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2013 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today kicked off National Health IT week by highlighting the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to expand funding for advanced health care technology in rural America.|