Six universities have been awarded nearly $4 million in funding by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help fight obesity and improve the health of our nation's children, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today. Secretary Vilsack also announced that USDA is accepting applications for up to $7 million for additional projects next year. This funding is available through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and administered by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
Dusky Sharks Severely Depleted in U.S. Fisheries in Violation of Federal Law
Today, in response to a 2015 Oceana lawsuit, the Obama administration released a proposal to address the chronic overfishing of dusky sharks in U.S. waters. In the proposed rule, which Oceana deems grossly inadequate, the National Marine Fisheries Service fails to offer the measures necessary to stop dusky shark declines and aide their recovery, such as strict limits on the number of dusky sharks unintentially caught in multiple fisheries in the Atlantic Ocean andGulf of Mexico. Dusky shark populations off the Atlantic and Gulf coasts have plummeted by 65 percent in the past two decades as a result of overfishing and bycatch – the capture of non-target fish and ocean wildlife.
This holiday season Callaway Gardens marks the 25th year of the award-winning Fantasy In Lights® with the addition of a new scene.
“Fantasy In Lights is an amazing holiday celebration,” said William “Bill” R. Doyle, III, president and CEO of Callaway Gardens. “Last year was my first experience with Fantasy In Lights. I was so impressed with this event and the connection it has with so many guests year after year. We are pleased to announce the addition of a new scene named, “Snow Day.” Investing in Fantasy In Lights was an easy decision, especially to celebrate our 25th year. I encourage everyone to come out to enjoy Fantasy In Lights and celebrate this great milestone with us.”
School Farm's New Certification Provides "Educational Platform" To Engage Students In Sustainable Agriculture
The Paideia School Farm in Atlanta, GA, uses high-welfare, sustainable agriculture methods to raise Certified AWA laying hens and the next generation of global citizens
The laying hens at The Paideia School Farm are now Certified Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) by A Greener World (AGW)--one of North America's most trusted and transparent farm certifiers. One of a portfolio of leading farm certifications offered by A Greener World , the AWA label lets consumers know animals are raised outdoors on pasture or range in accordance with the highest animal welfare standards in the U.S. and Canada, using sustainable agriculture methods on an independent family farm. Consumer Reports acknowledges AWA as the only "highly meaningful" label for farm animal welfare, outdoor access and sustainability .
ELEVATE: Microcosm, a free public art festival, sponsored by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and curated by Allie Bashuk, Mónica Compana, Mark DiNatale and Pastiche Lumumba, will take place in downtown Atlanta from October 13-21. The event is meant to spark conversations around a number of subjects like gender equality, diversity, and gentrification. Here are four artists who’d like to inspire that dialogue.
Florida-based Duda Farm Fresh Foods is debuting a new limited edition Dandy® Celery Snack Cup flavor at Fresh Summit that speaks to football lovers everywhere. Their Celery and Blue Cheese Snack Cup, in partnership with Litehouse® Foods, appeals to millennials who want convenient, healthier alternatives to their favorite flavors at this year’s tailgating and football parties.
In honor of Ecolink's 25-year anniversary, 19 GA high schools are competing in a social media contest for over $25,000 prize money and media coverage. Help over 1,250 students & their courageous teachers get to Anaheim in April 2017. Click, click awesome!
A $2.5 Million gift has been announced to establish a permanent White House Kitchen Garden to maintain and further develop an initiative started by First Lady Michelle Obama. The donation will be made by the home gardening company, W. Atlee Burpee, and The Burpee Foundation.
#LandIsMy Encourages People to Reconnect with Land
The Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization working to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America,announced a video contest supporting local land conservation.