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Texas Rancher Creates Haven for Lesser Prairie Chickens and Duck Nesting; a True Grassroots Conservationist

James Blackwell is a third-generation landowner and nature lover in Littlefield, Texas, which is northwest of Lubbock in the southern reaches of the panhandle, a one-time Dust Bowl region. He has about 2,500 acres straddling Lamb and Hockley Counties. When … Continue reading

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USDA Conservation Program Keeping Puerto Rico Water Sources Clean

Moises Velez-Santiago has been farming in Puerto Rico nearly three decades and understands the important role farming can play in protecting water quality for the island’s 3.5 million residents. Through the USDA Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), … Continue reading

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Reminder: Only a Few Days Left for Livestock Producers to Sign Up for Disaster Assistance

Producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses must secure assistance by Oct. 1, 2014. After that date, anyone seeking assistance will suffer a 7.3 percent reduction in the amount of disaster relief they can receive. The Budget Control Act passed … Continue reading

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Recognizing Farmer Health, Safety and Their Contribution to the Nation

At USDA, we look every day to support America’s farmers and ranchers stay profitable, safe and successful in their work to provide this country with the reliable and affordable supply of food, fiber — and increasingly — fuel we need. This … Continue reading

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New Web Resource Available to Beginning Farmers, Ranchers

A new resource is available that provides a centralized, one-stop resource for beginning farmers and ranchers to explore USDA initiatives designed to help them succeed. The USDA New Farmers website provides information on how to increase access to land and … Continue reading

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Employees Farm While Working in the Office

An office building in Tokyo has taken “going green” to a new level. The 250,000-square-foot building has 43,000 square feet of vegetables, rice and fruit woven throughout the work space. Lemon and passion fruit trees are used as partitions while … Continue reading

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Number of Women Farm Operators Triple Over Past 30 Years

The number of women operating farms has nearly tripled over the past three decades, growing from 5 percent in 1978 to 14 percent in 2007, according to a report by the USDA Economic Research Service. By using data from the … Continue reading

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LED Lights Make Turkeys Happy; Saves Farmers Money

LED lights could be making turkeys happy while providing a cost savings to farmers. A turkey farmer in Central Minnesota installed LED lights in a finishing barn to help simulate outdoor lighting situations. Although there isn’t much data, one farmer … Continue reading

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Black Belt Farmers Finding New Markets

African-American farmers in Alabama are finding ways to merge schools, communities and local government agencies to bring Black Belt produce to mainstream markets. Known as the Black Belt region due to the rich, black soil, this southern portion of Alabama … Continue reading

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Reminder: USDA Hosting Webinar to Help Vets Start Agriculture Careers

The USDA Risk Management Agency along with the Center for Rural Affairs will cosponsor a webinar to help veterans start a career in agriculture. The “Farm Training Webinar” will be held Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m., CST, and will … Continue reading

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