US Department of Agriculture

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US Department of Agriculture
US Department of Agriculture is listed in the Economic Development Organizations category in Spruce Pine, North Carolina. Displayed below are the social networks for US Department of Agriculture which include a Facebook page, a Google Plus page, a Instagram account, a Twitter account and a YouTube channel. The activity and popularity of US Department of Agriculture on these social networks gives it a ZapScore of 88.

Contact information for US Department of Agriculture is:
11943 S 226 Hwy
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
(828) 765-5648

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USDA Awards Loans to Build and Expand Rural Electric Infrastructure WASHINGTON, May 25, 2017 – Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Rural Development Roger Glendenning today announced that USDA is providing more than a quarter billion dollars in loans for rural electric infrastructure improvements. “These loans will help improve the delivery of reliable electricity, and will help ensure that rural areas nationwide can prosper economically and benefit from today’s technologies to meet tomorrow’s needs,” Glendenning said. The loans are being provided through the Electric Program of the Rural Utilities Service. They will support the construction or improvement of 1,369 miles of transmission and distribution line. They include $22.4 million for smart grid technologies to increase system efficiency and reliability. Smart Grid increases the reliability of electric power by helping utilities better manage power needs and supply, and improve operational efficiencies. It includes metering, substation automation, computer applications, two-way communications, geospatial information systems and other improvements. Georgia’s Greystone Power Corp. will use a $90.3 million infrastructure loan to connect more than 8,000 customers and build 148 miles of distribution line. The loan includes $9.1 million for smart grid investments. The upgrades will help Greystone continue to meet its customers’ needs, such as those of agricultural and industrial businesses that are credited with driving the economic growth in Greystone’s eight-county service territory. Indiana’s Whitewater Valley Rural Electric Membership Corp. will use a $10 million loan to upgrade 111 miles of line and make system improvements. The loan includes $125,000 in smart grid technologies. Michigan’s Great Lakes Energy Cooperative is receiving a $47.7 million loan to build or improve 709 miles of line for 3,000 new consumers. The loan includes $4.6 million for smart grid technologies. Minnesota’s Wild Rice Electric Cooperative Inc. will use a $14.7 million loan to build or improve 121 miles of line and finance $3.3 million in smart grid technologies. Ohio’s Logan County Cooperative Power and Light Association will use a $4.3 million loan to build 40 miles of line and invest more than $428,000 in smart grid technologies. Also in Ohio, Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative will use a $9.4 million loan to build nearly 50 miles of line and invest $947,000 in smart grid technologies. The Northwestern Electric Cooperative in Oklahoma will use a $25 million loan to build 155 miles of line and invest $3.9 million in smart grid technologies. North Dakota’s Central Power Electric Cooperative, Inc. will use a $50.4 million loan to build or improve nearly 35 miles of transmission line. The Electric Program is the successor to the Rural Electrification Administration. It makes loans and loan guarantees to nonprofit and cooperative associations, public bodies and other utilities to help finance the construction of electric distribution and generation facilities in rural areas. USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; homeownership; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service is excited to announce the Verification Response Rate Challenge for school meals! We are asking school food authority and State agency staff to share success stories and innovative ideas on increasing household response rates in the annual verification process for school meals. Background Every year, SFAs process about 5 million free and reduced-price meal applications. Of those, thousands of applications are chosen for eligibility verification, and notices are sent to the households asking them to confirm their eligibility (e.g., provide income documentation). In School Year 2015-2016, 40 percent of households that were contacted for verification did not respond to verification requests. The households that did not respond became ineligible for meal benefits, even if they met the income requirements. Creative Solutions Many SFAs across the country have created solutions that have improved household response rates. We would like to hear from you! Your creative solutions may help other school districts increase their verification response rates, reducing the risk that eligible children lose access to program benefits. The Challenge The “Verification Response Rate Challenge” is a public forum for SFA and State agency staff to exchange ideas on how to increase household response in the annual verification process. Here are three ways you can help: 1. Share your verification success stories or ideas on Challenge.Gov by June 15, 2017. 2. Build on others’ submissions with constructive feedback and suggestions by June 15, 2017. 3. Vote for your favorite solution between June 16-22, 2017. The goal is to encourage dialog, refine ideas, and implement strategies that work. FNS is using Challenge.Gov to make the Verification Response Rate Challenge fun and encourage participation. Be Creative! All types of submissions are welcome, including simple text entries, short videos, short stories, and more. Contest judges, including SNA President Becky Domokos-Bays and FNS Deputy Administrator for Child Nutrition Programs Cindy Long, will select the winning submissions. Up to seven winners (Potential Game Changer, Popular Choice, Best Documented, and Honorable Mention) will be highlighted at SNA’s 2017 Annual National Conference in Atlanta in July 2017. Please join us in solving the verification response problem and please forward this message to your colleagues. Submissions for the Challenge (and discussion comments) will be accepted through June 15, 2017 at 2pm, EST. Voting closes on June 22, 2017 at 2pm, EST. Visit http://ow.ly/hOqH30c2GWn

Is that snow? May 19 Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue visited U.S. Forest Service - Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota.

In this #Fridaysonthefarm feature, travel to northern Oklahoma, where farmers like Gary Hula are adopting conservation practices that save money, build resiliency, and reduce excess fertilizer getting into streams. Follow USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s #Fridaysonthefarm interactive stories each Friday! Visit local farms, ranches, forests and resource areas where NRCS and partners help people help the land.
It’s been more than twelve years since Pond Creek was listed as an impaired waterbody, and it’s not just the soils that are unrecognizable. Meet Gary Hula, one of many Oklahoma farmers responsible for the cleaner water running through Grant County.

2017 Census of Agriculture Countdown Series: Get to Know Your State Statistician Hello! My name is Dave DeWalt, state statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service Arizona Field Office. More than half of my 30-year career has been spent in the Arizona Field Office with time also served in Idaho, Washington, D.C. and California. This is my fourth position with NASS in the Arizona Field Office. I was a student intern with NASS during the summer of 1984, a journeyman statistician from 1991 to 1997, the deputy director from 2004 to 2013, and the state statistician since December 2014. I grew up in southeastern Arizona on a five-acre livestock farm that included an acre or two of various hays, vegetables, melons, and too many weeds. During my high school years, I helped my neighbor with his 300-head dairy – feeding and milking cows and taking care of calves. Growing up an avid Wildcat fan, I had always wanted to attend the University of Arizona. It was there that I earned a bachelor’s degree in plant sciences (agriculture business curriculum) and a master’s degree in agricultural economics. Working for NASS has been ideal for me in that I’m a numbers and agriculture guy. I analyze and interpret data, then use that information to estimate commodity acreage, yield, production and value, and livestock operation inventories. Next, I tell the public what the statistics are, setting the stage for producer decision-making, legislative policy-making, university research, and sometimes just bragging rights for various commodities. Farming in Arizona? For information about the upcoming Census of Agriculture, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov. New to farming or did not receive the 2012 Census of Agriculture questionnaire? Go to the website and click on the ‘Make Sure You Are Counted’ button today.