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Northern Cheyenne Woman Carries on Family Ranching Tradition

By Jennifer Perez Cole, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA Farm Service Agency in Montana Working cows in Muddy Creek on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Montana keeps Ryhal Rowland connected to the land and to her love of agriculture. Rowland, … Continue reading

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A Century of Success

The United States Warehouse Act Continues to Do Its Job by Kent Politsch The United States Warehouse Act, administered by USDA Farm Service Agency, is officially 100 years old today, Aug. 11. In 1916, the creation of rules and standards … Continue reading

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Mapping the Ag-Nation: 2016 National GIS Training (Part 1)

By Simone Grant for FSA Public Affairs In mid-March, Geographic Information System specialists, county office employees, national office staff, and program management of all levels at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) gathered together in Charlotte, North … Continue reading

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NAP Is Considered “Berry” Good in Iowa

By Elizabeth Lauren Moore, for FSA Public Affairs In the spring of 2012, Iowa farmers experienced a harsh freeze that damaged crops and altered production for the year. Vaughn Pittz, his wife Cindy and son Andrew were among the many … Continue reading

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Military Veterans Interested in Ag: Learn Here!

So you’ve been marching to a military beat and now it’s time for a change. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has some suggestions you may want to consider. There are jobs in ag that could use the disciplines you’ve learned, … Continue reading

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Minnesota Farmer Commits a Century of Life to Agriculture

Dedicates Last Three Decades Solely to Conservation By Brenda Carlson, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA Farm Service Agency Born in 1915, Minnesota farmer and conservationist Arthur “Art” Hulberg celebrated his 100th birthday this year, and if that milestone weren’t significant enough, … Continue reading

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Colorado Ranchers Thankful for USDA’s Emergency Haying and Grazing Program

Sustains Herds During Severe and Persistent Drought Livestock producers face tough business decisions on a daily basis. However, 2012 left many of the country’s livestock producers facing the ultimate decision – liquidate or figure out a way to survive. As … Continue reading

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Pollinator Habitat Not Just for Bees

by Dan Janes, Communications Coordinator and GIS Management Analyst, North Dakota Farm Service Agency When most people think of pollinator habitat, they think of bees and butterflies.  Bruce Pantzke is thinking of pheasants.  “The diversity of plants in a pollinator … Continue reading

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Indiana Farm Becomes Conservation Showcase

Dr. Robert and Ellen Mulford have enrolled 238 acres into six different CRP practices that focused on establishing grassed waterways, windbreaks and creating various wildlife habitats by planting trees and creating wetlands.   Farming is a business, and like all … Continue reading

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Unsung Hero Helps Community Survive Devastating Disaster

Pictured from left to right:  Jim Neill (CED), Dixie Oedekoven (PT), Julie Bronemann (PT), Mary Kay Lemmel (PT), Holly Howie (PT), Tacy Snyder (FLO), Lois Kirkegaard (PT), Ron Adam (FLM) Sturgis, S.D. — According to Jim Neill, Meade County Farm … Continue reading

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