A program across Illinois and Iowa is looking at ways for farmers to help reduce the amount of greenhouse gases they produce, and to be compensated for it.
The program explores ways farmers can change the way they apply nitrogen fertilizer to reduce the amount of nitrous oxide gas that is created.
Months after the USDA enacted rules making school lunches healthier, the agency is proposing rules to mandate healthier snacks in schools as well.
The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 set new guidelines for school lunches but also required the USDA to establish nutrition standards for all food served in schools, not just lunches.
The USDA has launched a new microloan program that it says is designed to help small and family operations along with beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers.
According to a local farm loan specialist it may especially help a specific kind of small farmer, and give a boost to the local food movement.
Colchester has the last and most important component to move forward with a large-scale sewer project-money.The USDA's Rural Development program will give the city a grant of a $1.56 million and a loan of $2.35 million. The interest rate on the loan is 2.125%.Mayor Danny Bice is glad for the money but he still thinks it will put stress on the city's finances.He says, “We were actually hoping to get a little bit more (in the grant). We're going to have to run the numbers and make sure it's still feasible for the customers in town.”