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USDA high tunnel program expands

...tried to cut the cost." In 2014 the basic rate for reimbursement on a high tunnel was $5.74 per square foot, according to USDA data. Populations that are considered "historically underserved," including low-income people and veterans, are reimbursed...
Native plants offer fruit, beauty

...apricot that's been soaked in water, dipped in honey and then given a dash of spice.In the northernmost growing regions (into USDA Zone 4) or in coastal areas where summers stay cool, good choices are Szukis, Mohler, Yates and Dooley. In hot-summer...
Business news

...has announced their 2014 elected Board of Directors Officers. Mitch Michaud, President, is a certified Forester employed by USDA-NRCS. He has been a forester for 30 years working throughout Alaska for 15 years. Tim Peterson, Vice President, is retired...
Less money for food

...increase expire on Nov. 1. According to the USDA, the consumer price index for all food...distributes 500,000 pounds of food from two USDA programs and two food bank programs with...Along with SNAP, families can get one USDA commodities box each month. This month...

...cookbook is a way to share those creative recipes that also meet USDA guidelines, celebrate the quality of food that can be served...having a successful farm-to-school program, incorporating USDA foods into cooking and adapting recipes for school meals. Kids...
Novice gardeners, try these bullet-proof plants

...plant for the right place" may be a gardening cliche, but it's an accurate one. So, too, is the caution, "Know your (USDA plant hardiness) zone.""Like humans, plants will perish without water and food," Watson said. "So plants that can survive...
Follow 4 steps to a safe Thanksgiving

...thaw any frozen meat is in the refrigerator.According to the USDA, for refrigerators set at 40 degrees or below, allow 24 hours...temperature for that method is about 70 degrees, he said.The USDA estimates water thawing requires 30 minutes per pound of turkey...

...gravy and Yorkshire pudding.Note: For safety, the United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA) recommends beef roasts be cooked until they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees with a rest time of 3 minutes.Beef...
KPBSD leading the state with school meals

...Eason said. "His program is leading the USDA meal programs in Alaska." Hamburg said...mission to properly deliver the millions of USDA school meals each year to eager Alaska students," Hamburg said. In January, the USDA released new regulations for school meal...
Plot your best spring break by garden guide

...Fortunately, experts at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have those answers, determined, in part, through use of a USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map ( The map, which divides North America into...


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