Additional USDA Video Excerpts Revealing Compulsory “Cultural Sensitivity Training” Program | Judicial Watch

Judicial Watch today released additional excerpts from United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA) videos revealing a compulsory “Cultural Sensitivity Training” program where diversity awareness trainer and self-described “citizen of the world” Samuel Betances tells USDA employees to repeat the chant “If we work for a federal agency, we’ve discriminated in the past.” Betances also suggested to USDA employees that the United States “took over what used to be Mexico” and stated that schools are only interested in educating middle class children…via Judicial Watch.

Farm Service Agency offers farm loans for socially disadvantaged groups | NJ.com

Please someone tell me this is a hoax.

New Jersey USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Farm Loan Chief Kevin Murphy reminds producers that FSA offers specially-targeted farm ownership and farm operating loans to Socially Disadvantaged (SDA) applicants.

“FSA targets a portion of its loan funds each year to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers,” said Murphy. “Farming and ranching is a capital intensive business and FSA is committed to helping producers start and maintain their agricultural operations.” In fiscal year 2011, New Jersey FSA obligated $2.17 million in direct and guaranteed loans to socially disadvantaged producers.

USDA defines socially disadvantaged applicants as a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender prejudice because of their identity as members of the group without regard to their individual qualities. For farm loan program purposes, SDA groups are women, African Americans, American Indians and Alaskan Natives, Hispanics and Asians and Pacific Islanders. Continue reading

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map

PLant Hardiness Zone Minimum Temperature map Agriculture farmingThe 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones…via USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map

Food Price Inflation, CPI and Expenditures | ERS/USDA Briefing Room

via ERS/USDA Briefing Room – Food CPI and Expenditures.

Overview The Consumer Price Index CPI for all food increased 0.8 percent between 2009 and 2010 and is forecast to increase 3.5 to 4.5 percent in 2011.

Also – see here for data  –  Food CPI and Expenditures: CPI for Food Forecasts