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Last Published: 12/03/2012
  • May 22 2015
    In honor of Mother’s Day, USDA thanks the nearly 100 wonderful women growers and handlers for dedicating their time and service to their respective industries through our federal fruit and vegetable marketing order committees and boards.  We spoke to a few about being a farmer, mother, and marketing order industry leader. Kelly McKnight, of the [...]
  • May 22 2015
    For 20 years, my agency, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), has managed the USDA Farmers Market.  It’s quite a milestone, and I’m thrilled to celebrate it this week by hosting the first night farmers market in Washington, DC!  There will be live music, food trucks, and an array of farmers, growers, and vendors offering cured [...]
  • May 22 2015
    Consumers are increasingly looking for organic products when they visit the supermarket.  Last year, organic products reached a record number of sales, accounting for over $39 billion in U.S. retail sales.  To meet consumer demand, the industry needs more organic operations to produce everything from organic milk to organic granola bars.  Thanks to support from [...]
  • May 21 2015
    By Amanda Heitkamp, Public Affairs Specialist, Food and Nutrition Service -- Unfortunately, 90 percent of children in the U.S. consume too much sodium.  With that in mind, USDA and our partners are seeking creative ways to reduce sodium content in school meals, yet still keep students healthy and happy.
  • May 20 2015
    Guest blog by Kyle Zimmer, CEO of First Book -- We all know that nutrition is closely tied to school performance.  Brains and bodies need healthy foods to nourish and nurture their development.  While schools play a critical role in providing free and reduced cost breakfasts and lunches during the school year, those needs can be even greater in the summer when children are out of school and families’ limited food budgets need to account for those extra meals.
  • May 19 2015
    By Dave Tuckwiller, AMS Commodity Procurement Program Director -- USDA's commodity purchases play an important role in supporting American agriculture.  One commodity purchasing effort – the USDA Foods Program – purchases about 2 billion pounds of nutritious, domestically produced foods each year and supplies this food to families, schools, food banks, and communities nationwide, also serving as a key tool for combatting hunger.
  • May 18 2015
    By Dr. Katie Wilson, Deputy Under Secretary, Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services -- As a former school nutrition director, I can tell you that school nutrition professionals are dedicated to serving nutritious meals to their students and committed to making the new meal patterns work. The new standards require schools to prepare healthier meals for the nearly 31 million children who rely on them each and every school day.
  • May 14 2015
    By Deborah Kane, National Director, USDA Farm to School Program -- They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and in the digital age we have ample opportunity to document and broadcast every moment, meeting and meal. We have all seen those unappetizing photos of food served at school that quickly go viral. It’s natural to ask, “Is this what they serve for lunch!?” No, it’s really not.
  • May 12 2015
    Guest Blog by Sharon Foley, Whitley County School District, KY -- During the more than two decades I’ve worked in schools, I’ve witnessed what we now know to be true: healthy kids learn better. But I’ll also let you in on a secret: Not only are healthy foods better for our children’s long-term outcomes, kids like healthy foods!
  • May 7 2015
    Guest post by Elly Spinweber, Partnership for a Healthier America -- This spring, a collaboration of companies, celebrities, athletes and foundations launched FNV—a new brand focused on increasing consumption and sales of fruits and vegetables among teens and moms.

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