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USDA Announces E. Kika De La Garza Fellows for 2013

The USDA today announced the 10 members of the 2013 class of the E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program. The 10 fellows, highly accomplished staff, faculty, and administrators at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) from across the nation, were selected based on the compatibility of their interests with USDA mission areas, as well as the value their experiences will add to their institutions' educational capacities. continue reading »

USDA Meets with Hispanic Farms to Discuss Discrimination Claims in Texas

As part of continued efforts to close the chapter on allegations of past discrimination at USDA, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Fred Pfaeffle held a series of outreach meetings today and over the last week with farmers and ranchers continue reading »

USDA and Department of Commerce Host Conference to Provide Small Business Contracting Opportunities

USDA Acting Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Service Michael Scuse today gave the keynote address at the USDA and Department of Commerce Small Business Training and Matchmaking conference, continue reading »

Ouch:  Child Born in 2010 Will Cost $226,920 to Raise

The Department of Agriculture today released its annual report, Expenditures on Children by Families, finding that a middle-income family with a child born in 2010 can expect to spend about $226,920 ($286,860 continue reading »

USDA Meets with Hispanic Farmers in CA to Discuss Process to Resolve Discrimination Claims

As part of continued efforts to close the chapter on allegations of past discrimination at USDA, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Fred Pfaeffle held a series of outreach meetings this week with farmers and ranchers to talk about the process that has been continue reading »

USDA Meets with Hispanic Farmers to Discuss Discrimination Claims

As part of continued efforts to close the chapter on allegations of past discrimination at USDA, Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Ed Avalos continue reading »

Claims Process to Open for Hispanic Farmers to Resolve Discrimination Suits

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved and set up a process by which to handle claims of discrimination while applying for loan for Hispanic and women farmers. continue reading »

Nat’l Minority Health Month Kicks Off in Chicago with Chefs in Classrooms

As part of “Heroes for Healthy Schools Week” and National Minority Health Month, the Healthy Schools Campaign and the Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will host Chef in the Classroom 2011 on Tuesday, April 5th. continue reading »

Effective Immediately: New Rules for Meat, Poultry & Eggs Coming in From Mexico

Effective immediately, the regulations regarding bringing cooked poultry—such as chicken and turkey—meat, including deli-sliced poultry meat, and cooked, hard-boiled eggs into the U.S. from Mexico are changing. continue reading »

USDA Creates Minority Farmer Advisory Committee

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Thursday announced the appointment of members to the Minority Farmer Advisory Committee to advise him on implementation of outreach and assistance efforts continue reading »

DC Bilingual Public Charter School Receives Award for Its ‘Healthier’ Initiative

USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon joined representatives from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education to present the HealthierUS School Challenge Gold Award with Distinction to CentroNía's continue reading »

National School Breakfast Week Celebrated Throughout Most U.S. Schools

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today marked National School Breakfast Week (March 7-12) by emphasizing the administration's commitment to provide schoolchildren with healthy, well-balanced meals to prepare them for a productive school day. continue reading »

Government Announces Process to Resolve Discrimination Claims of Hispanic and Women Farmers

The claims process offers a streamlined alternative to litigation and provides at least $1.33 billion in compensation, plus up to $160 million in farm debt relief, to eligible Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers. continue reading »

Coming in 2012-  Raw Meat to have “Nutritional Facts” Label

Beginning in 2012 many popular cuts of raw meat will have a new “ nutrition facts” label. The label will list calories, calories from fat, total grams of fat and grams of saturated fat. Cholesterol, sodium, protein and vitamin content will also be given. continue reading »