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USDA Offers New Loans for Portable Farm Storage and Handling Equipment

Portable Equipment Can Help Producers, including Small-Scale and Local Farmers, Get Products to Market Quickly

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide a new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini and Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Elanor Starmer announced changes to the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program today during a local and regional food roundtable in Columbus, Ohio. The loans, which now include a smaller microloan option with lower down payments, are designed to help producers, including new, small and mid-sized producers, grow their businesses and markets.

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Secretary Jewell, Deputy Secretary Connor to Embark on Nationwide Tour to Commemorate 100th Anniversary of National Park Service

 

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx to join Jewell at Little Rock Central High School National Historical Site; Visits to parks across the country highlight a century of preserving America’s natural, cultural heritage; challenges as parks enter second century of service

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Deputy Secretary Mike Connor and other senior Obama Administration officials next week will embark on a nationwide tour to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS) – often called “America’s Best Idea.” 

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Pesticide exposure may be ALS risk factor

New research shows environmental pollutants could affect the chances a person will develop amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.

There is no cure for this rapidly progressive motor neuron disease, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Those afflicted eventually lose their strength and ability to move their arms, legs and body.

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America's National Parks at 100-Smithsonian Channel Celebrates Milestone of National Park Service with New 1-Hr Special

It began as a radical idea to preserve a mysterious land of "boiling sulpher springs." Now the National Park Service is 100 years old - with more than 400 places we've seen fit to save forever. Smithsonian Channel will celebrate the centennial with AMERICA'S NATIONAL PARKS AT 100 premiering Sunday, August 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The one-hour special tells the story of how this radical idea evolved into an enduring mission shaped by the creativity, resourcefulness and passion of individual Americans.

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10 Worst Cities for Energy Costs: Poor Pay Most in Memphis, Birmingham, Atlanta, New Orleans and Providence

Data Gauge Impact of Energy Costs on Low-Income, African-American, Latino, and Renter Residents; Low-Income Households in Memphis, Birmingham, Atlanta, New Orleans, Providence, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Philadelphia, Kansas City, and Cleveland Suffer Heaviest “Energy Burden” 

An “energy burden” review of 48 major U.S. metropolitan areas finds that low-income households devote up to three times as much income to energy costs as do other, higher-income households. The new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA) coalition also finds that African-American and Latino households spend disproportionate amounts of their income on energy and that more energy efficiency measures would help close the gap by at least one-third.

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