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Review: 'McFarland' tells inspiring true tale

...and racing between school and hours in the blazing sun picking the crops that made their California town "the heartbeat of agriculture." A welcoming billboard proclaims McFarland the "Fruit Bowl of California."Kevin Costner stars as Jim White and, for...

http://juneauempire.com/art/2015-02-25-2
Art
USDA offers schools free meal equality

Free lunch programs at local schools are set for a makeover by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Through the new Community Eligibility Provision program from the USDA, schools or entire districts can apply for free lunch...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-02-15/usda-offers-schools-free-meal-equality
Local
Funding a sustainable Southeast

...Conservancy and Haa Aani LLC to provide a revolving loan fund for sustainable businesses in Southeast Alaska," Department of Agriculture undersecretary Robert Bonnie said. "In particular, these funds have the potential to advance a range of economic opportunities...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-02-17/funding-sustainable-southeast
Local
My Turn: Tourism suffers under Forest Service management

...industry while ignoring impacts to the visitor industry. We agree. Both Regional Forester Beth Pendleton and Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack initially promised that their efforts to "transition to young growth harvests" would include alternative...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-01-21/tourism-suffers-under-forest-service-
Opinion
Tongass planning meeting closes with hope

...hopeful they are that they will find the common ground necessary to present a satisfactory recommendation to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service. The Forest Service will request recommendations from the committee no later...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-01-25/tongass-planning-meeting-closes-hope
Local
Cooperative Extension's Juneau open house scheduled

...businesses will be served.Cooperative Extension is part of an educational network supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and land-grant universities. Extension offers programming in Southeast on gardening, 4-H, home energy, nutrition...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-01-23/cooperative-extensions-juneau-open-h
Outdoors
My Turn: Collaborating for economic development, community health

...for projects that will catalyze markets for young-growth timber and create jobs.As part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Forest Service is part of the USDA's important Strikeforce effort. Strikeforce focuses USDA resources, across multiple...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-02-02/my-turn-collaborating-economic-develo
Opinion
Century old law returns to fund forest communities

...counties," according to the Forest Service's Election and Allocation Guidelines.According to a United States Department of Agriculture news release, when the 1908 Act payments began to decrease decades ago due to the decline in timber sales, Congress felt...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-23/century-old-law-returns-fund-forest-com
State
Lawmakers hear from community officials on marijuana regs

...meetings in his borough called for an unlimited number of small marijuana businesses."That is the model that works best in agriculture," he said.Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly member Jim Sykes said the assembly's recommendation was that licenses...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-02-03/lawmakers-hear-community-officials-mari
State
Tongass Advisory Committee to meet again in Juneau

...management, which may be included in the Forest Plan amendment. The recommendations will be submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture through the chief of the US Forest Service. For more information about the work of the Tongass Advisory Committee, visit...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-01-28/tongass-advisory-committee-meet-again-j
Local

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