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USDA declares Rock County disaster area

July 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

ST. PAUL — The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated Rock County as a primary natural disaster area. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack made the declaration in a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton Wednesday morning, noting that based on the dep…continue reading on dglobe.com

FSA nomination period begins Sunday

June 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

The nomination period for Farm Service Agency county committees begins Sunday.
FSA committee members make decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs and other agricultural issues. They …continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Daycare gets $300K loan for expansion

May 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

USDA Rural Development and Roughrider Electric Cooperative is providing a $300,000 loan to Dickinson childcare business KinderKidz Learning Center.
The loan was awarded through the USDA Rural Economic Development Loan program, which provides zero-in…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Column: Use of food stamps on the rise in Nobles County

May 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

The use of food stamps in Nobles County increased during the recession, assisting families in stretching their food dollars, contributing to local spending and helping spark a national debate about the future of the federal nutrition program.

The …continue reading on dglobe.com

USDA offering bee habitat incentives to farmers, ranchers

February 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

Bees are probably best known for the honey they produce, but that’s not the only benefit they provide for mankind.
Those buzzing little insects also pollinate a large portion of America’s commercial agriculture crops, though honey bees have been…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Vilsack: Census of ag results tell story of unlimited potential in rural America

February 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

This week, USDA released preliminary data from the 2012 Census of Agriculture that provides a snapshot of a rural America that remains stable in the face of difficult economic times. While the data do not paint a perfect picture, they do tell a story…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Vilsack: Census of ag results tell story of unlimited potential in rural America

February 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

This week, USDA released preliminary data from the 2012 Census of Agriculture that provides a snapshot of a rural America that remains stable in the face of difficult economic times. While the data do not paint a perfect picture, they do tell a story…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

USDA to invest in Prairie Pothole Region conservation effort for landowners:

February 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

GRAND FORKS — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will be offering as much as $35 million during the next three years to help landowners conserve grasslands and wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region, the agency announced Friday.
As part of the pro…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Weight loss, one breath at a time: USDA lab tests ‘breathalyzer’ for calories to help dieters

January 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

GRAND FORKS — Leah Whigham imagines a future in which dieters could use a hand-held device to tell them right after a meal how many calories they just consumed, and all they’d have to do would be to breathe in the machine.
She led a project this…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Flexibility at lunch: Sens. Hoeven, Heitkamp integral to enforcing changes to school lunch program

January 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

School lunch officials now have a little more wiggle room with calories, protein and grain services after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that temporary changes lobbied for by a group of bipartisan U.S. senators, including sponsor John H…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com