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Washington, DC - USDA: You may not know it, but every day, 10,000 dedicated USDA employees worry about the safety of the meat, poultry, and egg products you and your family eat.
Washington, DC - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acting Assistant Administrator for Water Nancy Stoner and U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment Ann Mills, along with various state officials and farmers, toured Stovall Farm in Clarksdale, Mississippi, to see projects that are benefitting farmers and reducing water pollution in the Mississippi Delta.
Boise, Idaho - A new water discharge permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) will help protect Idaho’s rivers, lakes and streams from animal waste, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Boise, Idaho. The new EPA "General Permit” regulates discharges to surface waters from most Idaho CAFOs, including those on tribal lands.
Bartlett Grain Co. L.P. faces five willful and eight serious safety violations cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration following an October 2011 grain elevator explosion in Atchison that killed six workers and left two others hospitalized.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the U.S. Forest Service will dedicate $40.6 million for 27 exceptional land acquisition projects in 15 states that will help safeguard clean water, provide recreational access, preserve wildlife habitat, enhance scenic vistas and protect historic and wilderness areas.
Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the American Association of Community Colleges that is designed to highlight one of the goals of the White House Rural Council to expand access to training and higher education for rural citizens and strengthen the rural economy.