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  • USDA offers funding for farmers markets, local food programs

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's focus has traditionally been on food production, agriculture and natural resources but under the administration of President Barack Obama the USDA also has taken on a broader rural economic development role.
  • Just how green are state governments?

    WASHINGTON When President Barack Obama this spring ordered federal agencies to cut their greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade to 40 percent below 2008 levels the concept was hardly novel to state governments. For years, governors and legislatures...

    Obama turns up dial on California drought aid

    WASHINGTON The Obama administration is boosting its support for drought-stricken California, escalating a relief effort that congressional Republicans still consider misdirected and insufficient. In a splashy announcement Wednesday, two leading...

    Editorials from around Oregon

    The (Albany) Democrat Herald, June 17, on genetically modified organisms ban While we wait to see what the next front will be in the statewide battle over genetically modified organisms (it might be in neighboring Benton County, where proponents of a ban...

    USDA program promotes products such as plant-based bottles

    A program designed to promote ethanol and biodiesel fuels will be expanded to companies using plant-based plastic, rubber and fiber in manufacturing products such as bottles and packaging, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Wednesday. The USDA is...