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USDA Improves the WIC Shopping Experience to Better Serve our Nation's Low-Income, New and Expecting Mothers and Their Young Children

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a major step to make it easier for participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) to access nutritious foods. The WIC Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Final Rule will improve the shopping experience for WIC participants by requiring states to transition from paper benefits to EBT systems by Oct. 1, 2020, as required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Secretary Vilsack made this announcement during a speech at the 2016 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, hosted by the Food Research & Action Center and Feeding America, in Washington, DC. The Secretary was joined at the conference by Dorothy McAuliffe, First Lady of Virginia and a champion of child nutrition programs. Virginia is one of 12 states and 4 tribal nations that have already competed the transition to EBT for distributing WIC benefits.


FDA Food Facility Registrations Increased 24% Throughout 2015

FDA Food Facility Registration Statistics 2016 (PRNewsFoto/Registrar Corp)All food facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or store food, beverages, or dietary supplements for consumption in the United States are required to register with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). According to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request obtained by Registrar Corp, there were 207,655 food facilities registered with FDA as of January 1, 2016. Of those registered food facilities, 120,822 were located outside of the United States. See the number of registrations by country here.


Dominion Virginia Power, SunEnergy1 to Install Largest Solar Facility in Hampton Roads

The 20MW facility will generate enough energy to power 5,000 homes

Dominion Virginia Power will soon add more solar power to its generation portfolio.  The company is partnering with SunEnergy1 to install 91,803 solar panels at a new solar farm in Chesapeake– enough to power 5,000 homes. SunEnergy1, a North Carolina-based company, will lease the 250 acre site, located off Ballahack Road and U.S. Highway 17. Dominion will purchase the output of the facility, including energy, capacity and renewable energy credits, under a 20-year power purchase agreement.


National Society of Black Engineers Recognizes Excellence with Its 19th Annual NSBE Golden Torch Awards

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has presented its highest annual honors to 18 individuals and organizations. The 19th Annual NSBE Golden Torch Awards ceremony took place at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center this past March 26, during NSBE’s 42nd Annual Convention, an event that attracted nearly 12,000 attendees. The NSBE Golden Torch Awards recognize those who exemplify NSBE’s ideals of academic excellence, professional success and dedication to the advancement of the black community. Since its inception, the awards program has provided millions of dollars in scholarships to talented high school seniors. NSBE, with more than 31,000 members, is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States.


National Society of Black Engineers Receives $2-Million Grant from Northrop Grumman Foundation

New Program Aims to Widen the Pipeline to Engineering Careers from HBCUs

The Northrop Grumman Foundation and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) have launched a three-year, $2-million program designed to expand the nation’s engineering workforce through a partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The Northrop Grumman Corporation/NSBE Integrated Pipeline Program, funded by the Northrop Grumman Foundation, will provide 72 engineering students with $8,000 scholarship grants, internships with Northrop Grumman and year-round academic and professional development support. The program’s three HBCU partners — Florida A&M University, Howard University and North Carolina A&T State University — will receive grants, technical assistance and a package of programs researched and managed by NSBE, to increase their already high capacity to recruit, retain and graduate engineers. NSBE is one of the largest student-governed professional societies based in the United States.


Groups Challenge the Assertion that Atlantic Coast Pipeline is Needed


The Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance (ABRA) responded to the March 11, 2016 letter of support for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline sent by members of the Hampton Roads Caucus to U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine.  In that letter, the Caucus members said that: “The need for this project is urgent; to put it bluntly, our region’s natural gas transportation system has reached a tipping point.”


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